Monthly Archive for November, 2009

There are good reasons why more and more retirees are skipping age-restricted ersatz villages in favor of college towns, the same reasons families and young professionals are making that choice. They have ready access to libraries and art galleries, audit classes and sit in on lectures, attend concerts and theatrical productions, root for the college [...]

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This is the Queen City of the Mediterranean. It is a European capital of design. Developers and the goverment continue to rejuvenate formerly distressed neighborhoods. Abandoned buildings from the Middle ages forward are continuously transformed, an unstopping parade of new museums, cultural centers, colleges, residences. Its acclaimed chefs and restaurants set the gastronomic bar ever higher, sending their international [...]

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Girona: In Barcelona’s Shadow

Girona is a city of stairways, all of them going up. Or so it seems. The ancient Catalan city covers a craggy promontory rearing above the juncture of the Onyar and Ter Rivers. It was a defensive position lusted after by the original Iberians, colonial Romans, the invading Arabs, and by Charlemagne, who took the [...]

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Pricey Spanish Spice

There are reasons why saffron is so exprensive. The dainty purple crocus – crocus sativus – is a cousin of those pretty little blossoms that pop through the last snow cover of late winter in the northern climes of the U.S. But it’s only a family resemblance. What’s needed to make saffron are the three, [...]

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The Triangle Dalí

Who better to design and build the perfect monument to his genius than the eccentric Surrealist Salvador Dalí himself. That he did – the Teatre-Museu Dalí, in Figueres. That otherwise largely undistinguished town was his birthplace, about 120 miles northeast of Barcelona in the far northeast corner of Spain. He put it on the cultural [...]

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