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    Visit Gibraltar

    One of the many attractions of this part of southern Spain is Gibraltar, a massive bastion of Britishness tagged onto the end of Spain and enduring despite all attempts to wrest it from its status as a BOT – British…

  • Alpargatas! Or espadrilles if you prefer.

    La Rioja in the north of Spain is famous not only for its wines but also for its footwear. The town of Cervera del Río Alhama is dedicated to fabricating the slippers that are either in your room or on…

  • Ronda Market

    In common with most places in the “developed” world, Ronda’s market stopped functioning years ago once the supermarkets came to town selling convenience along with everything else. But sadly not quality. You cannot buy food produced locally in these nationwide…

  • In praise of the trains of Spain

    Seeking a break from routine, Penny and I went to Cordoba for another look at the splendid Mezquita and an investigation into Sephardic cuisine in this centre of pre-inquisition Judaism. Eschewing the car, we decided to take the train so…

  • Fame at last

    As my loyal followers will know from previous postings of a personal nature, I foolishly went to sea when I was young. Once there, I spent several years on it, in it, surrounded by it, even washing in it and…

  • Cycling from Cartajima

    First, let me hasten to say that he called himself “the crazy American”! I don’t think he is crazy at all but remarkably sane. Too few people take the chance that he took when he insisted upon coming to Los…