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DON'S TRAVELS

LA TIENDA'S FOUNDER, DON HARRIS, REFLECTS ON THE FASCINATING CULTURE & CUISINE OF SPAIN

Off the Beaten Path in Spain

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Off the Beaten Path in Spain

I travel to Spain in April with my wife Ruth. Planning our trip is half of the fun, and I thought I would pass along some of my ideas on how to have a memorable and enjoyable trip to this wonderful country.

First, a few tips for the first time visitor. Driving in Spain is easy: the highways are in excellent condition (generally better than ours) and signage is good, you can use your US...

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About Pimentón de la Vera - Smoked Paprika

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About Pimentón de la Vera - Smoked Paprika

When Ferdinand and Isabella in the monastery of Guadalupe received Christopher Columbus at the completion of his second voyage to America, they were astonished when he presented them with peppers from the New World. The flavor of the peppers took their breath away, but that did not stop the monks from cultivating them and soon the peppers spread throughout Extremadura. But it was not until the...

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REGIONS OF SPAIN

Extremadura

Extremadura is one of our very favorite regions of Spain -- it reminds us a little of the Wild West of Texas. The countryside is open and expansive: dry plains, mountains, marshes, meadows and fields. Tourists have not discovered the region so you can go for days just enjoying the landscape and the warm and hospitable people.

The most important area is called the dehesa which is...

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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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