Children playing outside of the Cathedral de los Santos Ninos Jysto y Pastor de Alcala Henares. The medieval center of Alcala is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also home to one of Spain’s fantastic Paradores.
Road Test Review: Travel Pro’s Expandable Rollaboard Suiter By Paul Shoul We all know that the world is not flat, but when you travel as much as we do at Gonomad.com you find out just how rough and varied the surface of our planet is. I just returned from an […]
Nuns on the run in Toledo Spain.
A simple conversation in The Plaza Mayor of Almagro, represents to me the pace of life I keep coming back to Spain for. No billboards or flashing neon signs or people occupying the same space yet staring into their cell phones miles away in other private virtual worlds. For more […]
This is the view from the balcony of the Parador Toledo. The capital of the autonomous community of Castile-La Mancha, it is a spectacular ancient city and the Parador across the river is a destination in and of itself. Toledo is only a few hours drive from Madrid but feels […]
A week after the October snow storm that devastated my area of Massachusetts, I finally had time to down load my images from a tour of Paradores in Spain I was on the week before the storm. I love Spain. The food was fantastic, the Paradores were beautiful and I […]
Almagro is a classic old Spanish town. Comfortable, incredibly scenic with a healthy street life and an ample cast of old characters. One such local hero rode around the town with his best friend, a small puppy on the back of his three wheel bike that I found waiting for […]
The young queens of Las Fallas
Spain. Valencia street life
Here is a link to my new story on Gonomad.com, Eating San Sebastian: Three meals, hard cider and a whole lot of Pintxos
A fisherman heads out to sea in San Sebastian-Donostia.
San Sebastian is the Tapas Mecca of the world. If the love of food has ever reached a spiritual level, it is here. This is where you will find tapas (pintxos) in all their variety, complexity, and beautiful grand simplicity. Anthropologist Jacqueline Urla once said to me that, “food in […]
Photographing La Crema, the burning of the fallas in Valencia is thrilling and just a little dangerous. The climax of a week of partying and huge fireworks displays, the final act is the burning of the over 300 fallas around the city. The image above was taken in front the […]
The Lass Fallas festival in Valencia ends in fevered pitch with fire works and the burning of the 350 paper mache statues around the city.Each neighborhood elects two sets of Queens, a woman and a younger girl, 12 of which are chosen to attend the the burning of the children’s […]
The Las Fallas festival in Valencia Spain is hard to put into words. It is one of those “you have to have been here to get it” events. People construct huge paper mache scenes from the whimsical to those that satirize politics and world events. In the end, they burn […]
On the beach in San Sebastian Spain
Yesterday I had the honor to spend the day on a farm with a Basque family in the hills above San Sebastián during their annual family dinner. The food was amazing. Before hand I photographed Etxeta (his nick name) as he took his prized oxen out for a walk.
I ate a lot of Octopus in Santiago last week; Boiled in a copper pot, served in chunks on wood, Grilled and Sliced thin on slate with olive oil, adorned with molecular foam, and wrapped in a small delicate empanada spinning in a glass box at a Gala dinner accompanied […]