The Netherlands, Switzerland, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, Lithuania, Denmark France, Norway, Iceland and Spain compete for second, to Trump's America First. Vanity Fair offered highlights.
John Dos Passos, in The Theme Is Freedom (1956), writes about Spain in a way that resonates in modern America. Jay Nordlinger reports: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/434896/re-encountering-john-dos-passos-part-iii
Cervantes' classic Don Quixote turns 400 this year. "One must live life in a genuine way, passionately, in spite of what other people think. That is the central tenet of "Don Quixote," according to Professor Ilan Stavans. Stavans is not alone in his love for that book. A few years ago, the Norwegian Academy polled... Continue Reading →
In our summer travels, my wife and I kept running into the literary legacy of George Orwell, the pen name of Eric Arthur Blair. In Barcelona, we learned that in the 1930s, he covered the Spanish civil war and wrote a book, Homage to Catalonia. In the 1940s, he published the classics, Animal Farm, and 1984,... Continue Reading →
Just three days in Barcelona and three days in Granada before we boarded a flight to Ireland left us hungering for more of Spain. Next time we'd like to schedule more tickets in advance in Barcelona -- the crowds were heavy and many tourist attractions were sold out. Next time we would visit Madrid, Seville,... Continue Reading →
Part of the charm of Granada was adjusting to the lifestyle: it's a walking city, with lots of life lived on the streets -- music, conversation, sidewalk cafes, hilly overlooks, breathing in the history, afternoon siestas, and late evenings of beer or wine, listening to guitar music or flamenco music and dancing. Some flamenco is classical,... Continue Reading →
We had a relaxing evening at Hamam Al Andulus in Granada. It was a bit crowded with young people, mostly from the U.S., but silence is required, and we found our own solitary spots, hot and cold pools, massages, and lotions.
About the only thing I remembered about King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Queen Isabella I of Castile was that they sponsored the voyage of Christopher Columbus and his discovery of the New World. But they were far more significant than that. Absolutely convinced of their own cultural and religious superiority, they articulated the vision of a Spanish... Continue Reading →
Whoever visits [the Alhambra] "dreams of fairies and genii, ogres and hidden treasures, of sultanes and princesses, and mysterious events, just as in A Thousand and One Nights." -- The Alhambra told to Children, by Ediciones Miguel Sanchez. I knew little about Muslim Spain nor the Moorish period (711 to 1492). At their peak, the... Continue Reading →