Category Archives: Spain

If America’s First, Who’s Second?

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.

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Dos Passos on Spain in the 1930s through 1950s, and 21st Century America

John Dos Passos, in  The Theme Is Freedom (1956), writes about Spain in a way that resonates in modern America. Jay Nordlinger reports:

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Spanish Novelist Cervantes Invented Modern Literature With ‘Don Quixote’

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 … Continue reading

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Following in the Footsteps of George Orwell, Who Wrote ‘1984’ Classic on Isle of Jura and Covered Spanish Civil War

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 … Continue reading

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Six Days in Spain: Not Enough Time!

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 … Continue reading

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Three Days in Charming Granada, Spain

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 … Continue reading

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Relaxing Visit to Hamam in Granada, Spain

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 … Continue reading

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