Monthly Archive for March, 2009

This most Spanish of Spanish cities is cliché made manifest. Its Gothic-Renaissance cathedral ushered in the 15th Century on the site where an Arab mosque once stood. The remains of an earlier Almohad Moorish royal residence were incorporated into the nearby 14th Century fortified palace commissioned by Pedro the Cruel. They loom over the Barrio [...]

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Not so long ago, the Financial District, at the far southern tip of the island, saw little more life than crumpled papers scurrying on the wind through the dark canyons of corporate headquarter buildings. It emptied out every Friday when the brokers downed their last martinis and left for home uptown or in the ‘burbs. [...]

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Stealth Poison

Mmm, tasty, this red snapper. One little problem: It might cause projectile vomiting, explosive diarrhea, massive abdominal pain, reeling dizziness, instant rashes, even paralysis or death. If you’re lucky, the cascading symptoms will only last three to six months. The cause is Ciguatera Toxin, a poison carried by predator fish that feed on other fish [...]

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Euro Cheaper

If you spent any time in the Eurozone a year ago, you had to swallow hard and tell yourself it was only money when presented with your bill at the hotel or the neighborhood trattoria. In summer 2008, the euro edged up to $1.60 in value. In March 2009, it dipped as low as $1.25. [...]

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