Pamplona 2011: The first running of the bulls

The first running of the bulls, or the encierro, as they call it here in Pamplona is over. It is the first of eight mornings where the bulls that fight in the afternoon run from corrals at the edge of town through the old town streets to the bullring. This isn’t...

Photos: Fiestas de San Mateo, Logroño, Spain

This wine harvest fiesta in Logroño, Spain, takes place on September 21st in the midst of the capital of the Rioja wine region. This is one of the premier wine regions of Spain and Logroño is one of Spain’s richest cities. Internationally-known vineyards like...

Spain’s new new architectural hotel gems

Spain has long been known for its architectural exuberance. Buildings in Madrid and Barcelona have long stood at the forefront of modern architecture. These days, the hotel business in Spain is a new point of competition for architects with some of the most daring...

Camino to Santiago: Bilbao effects

I take back all those unflattering things I’ve said in the past about Bilbao. That stuff about how it’s the “the Pittsburgh of Spain.” Yes, it’s an iron city. Yes, the Ría that runs through it is brown. And yes, it’s annoying, if...
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