Walking by rows of oak barrels in the dark corridors of a winery founded by her great-grandfather, Maria Jose Lopez de Heredia is reminded of her childhood. “We played hide and seek here when we were children,” the 46-year-old said. Today, together with her brother and sister, she runs the Rafael Lopez de Heredia Tondonia winery, one of the oldest and most famous in Spain’s northern region of La Rioja, in the village of Haro.
Boston.com–A country rich in history, culture, architecture and natural beauty is a country that is rich in happy visitors. Today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Spanish Tourist Attractions and Destinations. We’ve chosen the monuments, sites, buildings or regions of Spain that attract many visitors each year and are also of historical, architectural or archeological significance.
Politicians hail signs of economic recovery, but others foresee little change for the country’s jobless millions
Ashifa Kassam writes for The Guardian.com–Just streets away from Madrid’s only three-Michelin-starred restaurant, peeling buildings in the city’s Tetuán neighbourhood have been plastered with posters featuring the faces of five women. Placed at eye level, each a few yards apart, the women’s portraits are accompanied by descriptions of their situation.
“I’m one of the 23,000 people in Tetuán who has to decide between eating or paying the bills,” reads one poster. “My daughters and grandchildren barely get by on my €600-a-month pension,” reads another. The Invisibles of Tetuán campaign was dreamed up by local activists after city officials disagreed with them over the need for a community food bank.
Ed M Wood write for Babbel.com–When I left university I felt like I was bursting through a set of saloon swing doors, arms loaded with qualifications about to hold up the professional world until they handed over the job of my dreams. I think many graduates feel like this, and this misplaced confidence compounds the disappointment when the professional world shrugs its collective shoulders.
My reaction to this disappointment was to turn my back on the opportunity vacuum and stock up on soft skills. I googled for TEFL courses in Spain, found a charming townlet called Zamora in Castilla y Leon and booked myself a one-way ticket. My Spanish education, albeit informal, started almost as soon as we touched down. I was tasked with navigating my way across Madrid weighed down by my backpack and an oppressive, immovable mid-summer mugginess.
Margarita Lázaro writes for Huffington Post.com–What do you REALLY know about Spanish people? If you were to ask a foreigner, his response would probably consist of one accurate statement and many, many misconceptions. That’s how it appeared to us in a cliche-ridden New York Times article called “Spain, Land of 10 P.M. Dinner, Asks if It’s Time to Reset Clock.”
Foreign films and television series only serve to reinforce these cliches. In “Knight and Day,” there were bulls running through Sevilla and in “Little Fockers,” Dustin Hoffman was traveling to Spain to learn how to dance… the flamenco! (Was there any other option?) The time has come to shatter these myths about the Spanish. The following stereotypes are totally not true:
Jackie de Burca writes for A Luxury Travel Blog.com–The world is full of lists – I don’t know about you but I love my lists, they just seem to make life so much easier. Decisions are simpler; you know which fashion brands to wear, which hotels to go to before your friends do, which gadgets to choose to be super cool and, of course, which restaurants you may need to reserve months, or years, in advance. One of my favourite lists is “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants”, sponsored by S. Pellegrino & Aequa Panna, which names the top 50 restaurants in the world. However what it doesn’t do is analyse the world’s top foodie countries, regions, or cities, you need to do this for yourself – but the good news is that I’ve done it for you! If you want to read my methodology read the next two paragraphs, if not just ignore them and jump straight to the lovely list!!
EuroWeeklyNews.com–US business magazine Forbes, have produced a list of the most expensive Spanish cities to live in. The natural assumption that Madrid, Barcelona or even glamorous Marbella would top the list has been knocked sideways with the news that San Sebastián in the Basque Country is top of the list followed by Madrid and then Barcelona. Forbes researchers took the price of a basket of food, as well as the average rent or mortgage price, the cost of public transport for a 10-journey pass, a taxi trip, a litre of petrol, local taxes including IBI – payable on residential or business property owned – vehicles and rubbish collection, and the price of eating out or going to the cinema.
They then compared the figures, garnered this with the Spanish national average and listed those which came out more costly than that figure to live in. All of Catalunya’s provincial capitals made the list – after Palma de Mallorca, the sixth-most expensive city in the country to live in, came Girona and Lleida.
Xavier Mascaró’s sculptures are eerie, timeless and evocative – do catch them at the Saatchi Gallery this autumn, says Alastair Smart.
Telegraph.co.uk–I know that, according to one recent survey, there’s a whole generation of British schoolchildren growing up believing that the Spanish Armada is a type of tapas. Yet, for those of us raised with the year 1588 etched in our national collective memory, a new sculpture show at the Saatchi Gallery should prove evocative.
For, Spanish artist Xavier Mascaró will exhibit a fleet of 20-plus iron boats, ranging in size from what look like small caravels to works, 18ft long, that resemble Philip II’s great galleons. They’re depopulated, rusting, and more precisely skeletal frames of ships than ships themselves – like wrecks discovered by divers after four centuries at the bottom of the English Channel.
Help could involve bringing initiatives to the European Parliament, where Podemos holds five seats
Francesco Manetto para El Pais in English–Podemos, Spain’s new left-wing party, has offered its “political resources” to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Representatives of the grassroots party, which enjoyed surprise success at this year’s European elections, met Assange last Saturday at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been living since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden and possibly to the United States. The whistle-blowing journalist and former hacker is the target of a criminal investigation over the deliberate release of classified military and diplomatic cables, and could face a US trial for espionage and treason.
Despite the fanfare that accompanied the square’s opening, Thatcher’s brand of conservatism was never popular in Spain, a country now split by austerity
Miguel-Anxo Murado writes for The Guardian.com–Margaret Thatcher now ranks between Columbus and Goya. Not between the men and their achievements, but in between their namesakes in the Madrid street map. There, near Columbus Square, with it’s gigantic, Brobdingnagian Spanish flag and Goya Street, with its row of expensive fashion stores, now lies Plaza Margaret Thatcher, the only such tribute to the Iron Lady outside the UK.