Category: Spain

Nudity: the great leveller

I've just spent the past few days here in Sitges, outside Barcelona. My hotel is right next to the Platja de Balmins, which has the distinction of being 'clothing optional'. I've been several times before and so knew what to look forward to: a small, sheltered cove, clean sand, a well-stocked bar and a bathroom within ...

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A weekend in Madrid

Madrid - November 2013, a set on Flickr. A selection of photos from our recent weekend in Madrid - fantastic weather, beautiful food and a new favourite hotel. There's always something new to see. This time, it was visits to the National Library where we saw a beautiful exhibit of Japanese calligraphy, followed by the Botanical ...

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Codeshare hell

So here's the thing...you buy a ticket with one airline but end up flying with another. This is the gist of the codeshare arrangement that airlines seem to love. I have no single favourite airline, though I fly very regularly with British Airways. But I have a list of airlines I try to avoid, including ...

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Palma: Keeping it under wraps

I'm a little conflicted even writing this post... I really love Palma de Mallorca and I think it gets ignored by the majority of visitors to the island. On the other hand, I think I love it precisely because it's ignored by most tourists. You'll pardon the generalisation, but in my experience (a decade of ...

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Holidays: Day One

Up at 5am for an early flight to Palma de Mallorca. But it was well worth it to avoid a trek to Gatwick and waste most of the day on trains and planes. While I think of it, big thanks to BA for a quick, friendly flight and a top-notch (for airline food) breakfast. After ...

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August 13, 2013 at 11:22AM

The view from here...