Barcelona for Dummies

Editor's note: no, we are not calling our readers dummies. We are just trying to borrow some of the brilliance of the popular books. I am so excited for this post, as it's nice to get two different views on Barcelona - mine and this one from Madeleine. Full disclosure, while I may have accomplished…

Barcelona and Petty Crime

It is one of the first things I was warned of when I began to plan a visit to Barcelona. "Don't leave your suitcase even for a moment." "Keep an eye and hand on your belongings at all times." "Don't put your phone down, and hold it tightly." Petty crime, especially theft and pickpocketing, are…

Valencia’s City of Arts and Sciences

It's such a contrast to pretty much everything else I've seen in Spain, a country with so much history. The palaces and monuments of Seville and Granada seem to be a world away here in Valencia; the complex I am currently standing in is so ultra-modern that is seems less European and more Saturnian, like…

In Valencia, You Must Experience Paella

It was a long bus ride from Granada to Valencia, more than eight hours in a seat with the Spanish countryside rolling by. I check into my hotel, drop my stuff in my room, and start bouncing excitedly. This entire time I've been in Spain - three weeks so far - I've eaten well, very…

Granada Beyond the Alhambra

So you've come to Granada to see the Alhambra. You spent a day touring the incredible site, one of the finalists for the seven new wonders of the world, and maybe even watched the sun set from one of the view points in the city to see it glow in the twilight. Tomorrow you'll wake…

The Ultimate Guide to Seville!

For Americans visiting Spain, Barcelona and Madrid seem the focal points. Both are amazing destinations, but seeing only those two cities misses my personal favorite city in Spain: Seville. The capital of Andalusia is one of the cultural highlights of all of Europe, a mid-sized city, easy to explore and with more to do than…

Seville: The Cultural Capital of Spain

Spain is awesome. Let's start with that. Pretty much anywhere you go will be amazing, based on my experience. But for most Americans, a trip to Spain is to Barcelona or Madrid. Both cities are wonderful - check out my Madrid guide here and tune in later for some rad Barcelona content - but they…