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Europe, Food, Travel

11 Must Eat Foods in Catalonia, Spain

Barcelona attracts us to Catalonia with the promise of Gaudi and Picasso. However, it’s the cuisine that most impresses us. From Avant-garde Michelin star to traditional Spanish and Catalan dishes, the region is quickly becoming known more for its food than its art. Any foodie worth his or her fork needs to make the pilgrimage to Catalonia. Start in Barcelona and then explore the rest of the region. Here are 11 must…

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Europe, Travel

Kayaking the Ebro River in Spain

After a four-course lunch and copious amounts of wine in the village of Benifallet in Spain’s Terres de l’Ebre region, we abandoned our bikes for the next leg of the (somewhat) adventure laden journey – kayaking the Ebro River. I know. It probably wasn’t the best idea given that we lost track of our wine intake at lunch with the carafes that kept arriving at our table and into our glasses. I…

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Europe, Travel

Biking Terres de l’Ebre Greenway in Spain

So maybe I’m not always about food and craft beer travel here at TWG. Sometimes, I like to put the fork down and head out for a little adrenaline filled adventure travel. Shocking. I know. But it’s true. Life can’t always be lived in a beer mug. Every once in a while, it’s good to breathe a little fresh air outside of a shaded beer garden and experience the great outdoors. To…

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Europe, Travel

12 Photos That Will Make You Want to Hike the Coves and Coastal Paths in Palafrugell, Spain

Most of my time in Costa Brava, Spain was spent in Lloret de Mar. While the city was a gracious host for our writers’ conference, it wasn’t my speed. It was a bit too spring breaky for me. Think Myrtle Beach, Jersey Shore, or Daytona, but in Catalonia. It was far from what I pictured idyllic Costa Brava to be. The coastal town of Calella outside of Palafrugell is what I had…

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Europe, Food, Travel

Flors Violes Festival in Palafrugell, Spain and One of the Best Meals Ever

I admit to being a little drunk as I stumbled into what our itinerary listed as “lunch with the locals” in Palafrugell, Spain. Breathless, I finally found the right alleyway where the restaurant was hidden that our tour guide pointed out earlier “in case we got lost.” I was lost and spent the previous hour hoofing it down random alleys, each one presenting hope that it was in fact the right alley,…

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Europe, Hotel Review, Travel

Hotel Review – Chateau Valcreuse

I swirled the glass, pursed my lips, and took a sip. I allowed the liquid to rest on my tongue before swishing it around. The body was thinner than expected and the palate delivered a slight, but still stronger than normal mineral stone which I found quite satisfying and refreshing. This was truly unlike any water that I have drank before. That’s probably because Caroline and Alexander, the owners at Chateau Valcreuse, fetched…

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Cooking, Europe, Food, Travel

A French Culinary Vacation with Le Calabash

When I arrived in the Loire Valley, I was welcomed with what Chefs Sidney and Allison Bond described as a traditional French market dinner. “It’s nothing fancy. Just stuff we picked up at the farmer’s market today. I hope it’s enough to eat. Are you hungry?” asked Sidney in his distinct South African accent. I was famished. All I had eaten that day was a rather pathetic looking bocadillo jamón on the train…

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Europe, Travel, Wine

Visiting the Vienna Wine Gardens

Visiting the Vienna wine gardens, located in the Vienna Woods, can seem daunting to first time visitors, especially if you’ve only booked a short excursion to the city. The Vienna Woods aren’t exactly central to the tourist path. Thus, many newbies, including myself on our first trip to Vienna, tend to skip them. This was a huge mistake! Much like beer plays an integral part in Munich’s culture, wine plays a major…

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Europe, Travel, Wine

Visiting Codorniu Winery – The Birthplace of Cava

There’s a story in the world of wine that for almost a half century has been lost. This story can been seen and tasted in the barrooms and wine glasses throughout Barcelona and the greater Catalonia province.  This story is the story of Cava. Many visitors to Barcelona are taken aback by the quality of Spain’s famous sparkling wine. The message of Champagne has falsely led us to believe that only France…

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Europe, Travel

Traveling Beyond Barcelona – Colony Guell and the Gaudi Crypt

We as travelers / tourists / insert-your-term-here tend to get stuck in circuits when we travel. We visit a city and use our guidebooks to hit all the tried and true sights. We trap ourselves in this routine city after city. I know. I’m guilty. In Barcelona, it’s La Sagrada Familia and the rest of the Gaudi circuit, Catedral de Barcelona, La Rambla, the Gothic Quarter, the beaches, and more Gaudi. They’re…

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