Tag Archives: Travel

San Sebastian. What a beauty.

San Sebastian Flying into San Sebastian, a giant full moon guided us into a wide circle around the bay, the blue-gray water dotted with a hundred fishing boats. Climbing down off of the passenger stairway, the sun was just rising over Donostia, a dramatic sweep of clouds over the distant mountains painted shades of gold […]

El Born: Getting Happily Lost

VOTE RESULTS: El Born, by more than half!  Guess y’all want me to hang out with the locals.  I’ll take it.  Thanks everyone for voting.  Look for another voting opportunity very soon, then it’s off to Istanbul, via San Sebastian. Getting Happily Lost You could call the barrio ‘El Born’ The Mission District of Barcelona.  Amazing […]

Flamenco! Duende is a state of grace.

Flamenco. The state of grace called Duende, which loosely means having soul, a heightened state of emotion, expression and authenticity, is often associated with Flamenco. On my bucket list for Barcelona was seeing an authentic Flamenco performance.  By authentic, I meant the style that’s been around for centuries, since first introduced by Gypsies.  I saw two shows. […]

The Traveler and the Monkey Trap

The Traveler and the Monkey Trap I have been reluctant to share how hard travel has been so far. Who wants to hear my problems?  I am supposed to be on the adventure of a lifetime and my readers are expecting grand stories of wondrous experience and daring do.  And there have been plenty.  But […]

Chef Tom’s Big Adventure: Barcelona I

Chef Tom’s Big Adventure: Barcelona. VOTE NOW! (voting is closed) Hi everyone!  I am in beautiful Barcelona staying in the historic neighborhood called Barri Gotic (El Gotic, or The Gothic Quarter). I really want to walk the winding streets and explore this neighborhood in depth, admiring the ornate architecture, the shady shop-filled lanes, the plazas and […]