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Adventure, War and Sherry

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Adventure, War and Sherry

Cádiz is a magical city founded in the mists of time. About 1100 BC, the Phoenicians (the Canaanites of the Bible) established it as a trading center – far from the shores of the eastern Mediterranean. Both geographically and culturally, it is as distant from Barcelona as Manhattan is to the Mississippi Delta.

The principal gate to the ancien barrio, the old city, is through...

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Sherry - The Great Wine of Andalucia

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Sherry - The Great Wine of Andalucia

On a recent visit to Sanlucar de Barrameda we sat outside the bustling Casa Balbino, one of Spain's best tapas restaurants. Under the palms and orange trees, we feasted on amazingly fresh seafood - acedias, boquerones fitos and tortillitas de camerones, fried in the style of Andalucia. And to drink, we enjoyed one of the great wines of the world, Manzanilla sherry. Crisp, dry and refreshing,...

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REGIONS OF SPAIN

Jerez de la Frontera

Jerez de la Frontera is an elegant town just about midway on the autopista between the glorious Sevilla of flowers and fountains, and the ancient port of Cádiz, the oldest city in Europe, with its labyrinth of streets and wonderful seafood.

Jerez has a charm all its own with plazas lined with orange trees and the rich aroma of the many sherry bodegas wafting through the evening air. Also...

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A Trip Through Old Spain

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A Trip Through Old Spain

Following this route we revisited some of our favorite towns of Andalucía before heading north along the Portuguese border in Extremadura. We turned west to the Celtic lands of Galícia including the pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela and along the Cantabrian coast to Asturias (where the Reconquista began in the 8th century). We headed south to León driving through a breathtaking mountain...

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