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View from the Office Days 1-10

In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been back to work in March. I’ve already posted a bit on the craziness of Las Fallas in Valencia, and yesterday I got back from guiding an Easter tour of Paris. I’m exhausted already and the proper summer season is still a month away. To make up for my […]

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The traditions of Las Fallas

I have a little bit of a confession to make. It’s not going to sit well alongside all of my feminist rants, but I really like watching the Miss Universe pageant. I know, I know, it’s really not cool to admit this. I hate the idea of the pageant yet it’s like looking at the sun; […]

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So what is flamenco exactly?

I do realise that I go on and on about certain things without actually explaining them first. I learn about things, commit them to memory and then reckon everyone else knows as much about them as me. Take Las Fallas, for example. On the first day’s walking tour, I was going on and on about […]

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Burn, baby burn

Las Fallas is a festival for pyromaniacs. Once you arrive in Valencia, you will be the subject of countless attacks of the loud, fiery variety – however, the assailants’ ages are rarely in the double digits. To tell you the truth, I’ve never cared much for fireworks. Everyone gathers to ooh and aah every New Year’s […]

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The fallas of Las Fallas

I visited Valencia for the first time in 2007. I’ve been back half a dozen or so times since, but that first visit made a massive impression. In 2007, I was introduced to the Spanish fiesta for the first time. I arrived in town for Las Fallas. Back in 2007, I was bright eyed and bushy […]

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La Tomatina 2012: A photo essay

Three cheers for Caitlyn! Six months after the event, she has finally developed, scanned and edited her photos of La Tomatina! Yes, I had to do this the old-school way. I hadn’t dropped in a film to be processed in at least a decade, and you know, it was always going to be a bit […]

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A weekend in… San Sebastian

Oh, San Sebastian, my first Spanish love. I spent about two weeks in San Sebastian this summer, which added to the love affair I’ve had with the Basque beauty since 2007. I’ve spoken about my favourite food in the city before, but now I want to show that there’s more to San Sebastian than pintxos. […]

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Under the Gaudi spell

I’d see it every time going into Barcelona. I’d be going on about Antoni Gaudi, rabbiting on about him transforming the Catalan city with his mesmerising architectural style. Some people, usually those who occupy the front few seats of the bus, would be nodding eagerly, their Lonely Planets in hand. But the rest would have […]

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A European summer in pictures

This blog has always been about writing. I didn’t even start adding photos to posts until about a year ago, and even then it was initially a struggle. I changed my attitude this year, and add photos to about ninety per cent of my posts. I never think that they’re any good, but I post […]

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The whole paying to get into a church thing

I have a few travel rules. Only a few. Do not eat at a restaurant where the menu is in more than two languages (the local language and English). Preferably, there shouldn’t be an English menu at all. Never underestimate the power of (a) a thermal and (b) a travel umbrella. Avoid eating seafood if […]

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