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Leon Paris and the Gaudi Effect:

Exploring the Works of Barcelona’s Most Famous Architect and his Peers Following our first Barcelona walking tour with Leon Parris, Simon, Otto and I jumped at the opportunity to let this remarkable guide lead us through the city’s most famous architectural sites including a number of the notable Gaudi creations. Now, architecture is a subject […]

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3 Must-See Cities in Southern Spain – Part 3:

The Alhambra (©simon@myeclectcimages.com)

Granada Granada is a city of contradictions. Its history is equal parts seductive beauty and repulsive acts, unwavering courage and unfathomable cruelty, industriousness and destructiveness, glory and shame. Granada beckons you to walk its narrow streets and sit in its open squares. You can ski the nearby Sierra Nevada Mountains in the morning and relax […]

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3 Must-See Cities in Southern Spain – Part 2:

Plaza de España - Site of the 1929 Ibero-American Exhibition (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Sevilla The fourth largest city in Spain and the capitol of Andalusia, Sevilla has a laid-back charm that’s hard to beat. Parade of Conquerers Although legend has it that Sevilla was founded by Hercules, the area saw a variety of occupiers, including Phoenicians and Greeks. Then, in 206 BC, the Romans sent the Carthaginians packing. […]

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3 Must-See Cities in Southern Spain – Part 1:

The Roman Bridge and Tower in Cordoba

Cordoba, Sevilla and Granada Are Waiting to Embrace You If Madrid is Spain’s heart, Andalusia including the cities of Cordoba, Sevilla and Granada own a large piece of its soul. It is a region of majestic mountains, sun-drenched beaches, turbulent history, mind boggling architecture, over-the-top scrumptious food and happy, friendly people. So, what’s there not […]

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Confessions of an Unrepentant Diverbo Addict:

Warning! Volunteer Just Once for this Unique Language Program, and You’ll Be Hooked For Life. When Simon and I discovered Diverbo Pueblo Ingles nearly 15 years ago, it was one of those random events that would later prove to be life-altering. We were living in Atlanta at the time, adjusting to being recent empty-nesters and […]

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Fall Under the Spell of La Alberca:

Discover the Magic of This Charming Spanish Village. It would have made a perfect postcard picture. In fact, it probably did. A sun-drenched village square, historic buildings and a beautiful church assembled under a soft blue sky. But this scene wasn’t a 3×5 glossy, sanitized scrap of tourist paraphernalia. Simon, Otto, our friends and I […]