Category Archives: Towns & Villages

The Burgo of Osma

The original name of this little town is El Burgo de Osma. It’s Spanish. But I’ve translated it into English. Yes. El Burgo de Osma: The Burgo of Osma. Great. Thanks to this intellectual effort of mine (that of translating … Continue reading

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Somewhere in the middle of nowhere

   

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The spot where Saint George killed the dragon

The little town of Montblanc is surrounded by an imposing defensive wall… Once you cross any of its gates… …you find a very agreeable place to visit… Streets are narrow in Montblanc because they were planned in the Middle Ages. … Continue reading

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The alluring Calella de Palafrugell and Josep Pla

When a naive blogger -like me- decides to devote a bunch of posts to one of his favorite writers, a bunch of problems arise. First and foremost: In order to produce those posts, the blogger usually reads and re-reads tons … Continue reading

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Goya was born in Fuendetodos

To be precise, Goya was born in this humble house: Francisco de Goya y Lucientes chose Fuendetodos as his birthplace when he decided to descend from Heaven to this horrible world of ours. It was March 30, 1746 … Fuendetodos … Continue reading

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The Cathar Country and the legend of the Holy Grail

Matter is evil. Emancipation comes through gnosis. Gnosis is an esoteric knowledge of spiritual truth held by the Gnostics to be essential to salvation. The Cathars were the last Gnostics of Europe. They lived in the old Languedoc, the Cathar … Continue reading

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Zaragoza (Aragón, Spain)

Zaragoza is a city located halfway between the cosmopolitan Barcelona (currently, fifth major tourist destination in Europe) and the museums-filled Madrid (Spain’s capital). Roughly speaking, Zaragoza is 300 Kilometers (200 miles) both from Barcelona and Madrid. That’s barely 3 hours … Continue reading

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