Gaudí’s Neo-Baroque Casa Calvet In Barcelona

Casa Calvet is the neglected stepchild of Gaudí architecture in Barcelona. It’s not as curvy, crazy, or whimsically colorful. And so it’s largely ignored. But it shouldn’t be. It’s a hidden gem among the other modernist standouts in nearby Passage de Gràcia. And a visit is essential to a full understanding of Gaudí’s more famous … Read more

Guide To the Delightfully Eccentric Salvador Dalì Theatre-Museum in Figueres Spain

“I will be a genius, and the world will admire me.” — Salvador Dali, age 16 Here’s my guide to the Dalì Theater and Museum, or Teatro-Museo Dalí, in Figueres Spain. It’s one of Spain’s best small museums. It’s eccentric. But then so is its namesake, the famed Surrealist artist Salvador Dalì. When one thinks … Read more

Guide To Santillana del Mar, Cantabria’s Time Warp Medieval Village

Here’s my guide to the lovely town of Santillana del Mar. It’s an idyllic town that’s an easy day trip from Bilbao. This guide tells you everything to see and do in and around Santillana del Mar. Santillana del Mar is the jewel of Cantabria and must visit destination in northern Spain. With its rolling … Read more

Gaudí’s First House, the Regal Casa Vicens in Barcelona

Here’s my guide to visiting Casa Vicens, a magnificent Antoni Gaudi creation in Barcelona Spain. The vivacious Casa Vicens splashed onto the Gaudi tourist circuit in Barcelona in November 2017. The UNESCO-listed Casa Vicens opened its flamboyant doors to the public after 130 years of private ownership and a massive renovation. It’s an intense burst … Read more

Barcelona’s Mulberry Mansion: Guide To Casa Lleó Morera

Lying at the at the intersection of Paseo de Gracia and Consell de Cent is a true Spanish treasure, Casa Lleó Morera. The Art Nouveau mansion is often overshadowed by its showy neighbor Casa Batlló. But it shouldn’t be. It’s lovely and vastly under appreciated. When the tourists clamor to Gaudi’s Casa Batlló or La Pedrera, … Read more

Guide To the Real Life Game of Thrones Castles in Europe

I return, once again, to my Game of Thrones’ obsession. Greetings fellow Game of Thrones nerds, sullied and unsullied, Stark or Targaryen devotees. Here’s my guide to the stunning and craggy castles in Europe that have been filming locations for HBO’s Game of Thrones. Who doesn’t love Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin’s romantic medieval … Read more

Bad Selfie Day in Nerja Spain

I’m not terribly fond of snapping photos of myself. I’m not precisely sure of the cause. I’m not photogenic for one thing. For another, I’m usually compulsively taking pictures of the beautiful buildings or landscapes around me. I mean just look at my photo of Nerja above. I’m thankful there are no people in it. … Read more

Guide To Antequera: The “Florence of Andalusia” That Stole My Heart

Here’s my guide to visiting the hidden gem town of Antequera in southern Spain. The guide takes you to all of the must see sites, attractions, and landmarks in this beautiful town in Andalusia. Have you been somewhere that unexpectedly stole your heart? The Spanish-Baroque village of Antequera stole mine. I intended to see the … Read more

The Pain in Spain: Tips and Things To Know Before Visiting Beautiful Seville

Here’s my guide to must know tips for visiting Seville Spain. Before you visit, you need to know the bad that comes with the good. I love Seville. It’s a simply glorious city, and a must visit city in Andalusia. A happy wonderful-to-be-alive kind of sunshiny place, teeming with people, scented orange blossoms, and flamenco … Read more

Guide To El Capricho, Gaudí’s Sunflower Villa in Cantabria Spain

“There are no straight lines or sharp corners in nature. Therefore, buildings must have no straight lines or sharp corners. — Antoni Gaudí Here’s my guide to visiting Antoni Gaudi’s El Capricho in Comillas Spain. The mansion is a must see site and attraction in northern Spain, especially if you’re a lover of dramatic architecture. … Read more