Susan Solomont talks her book about being an ambassador’s wife abroad – Spain Travel Article

Susan Solomont talks her book about being an ambassador’s wife abroad Serendipity. A random occurrence of events that happens casually or unexpectedly. Not that my run-ins with Spanish bureaucrats have been serendipitous, but as I looked back on 12 years of Spain through rosy colored glasses (or just a Cruzcampo haze), I realize that so many of the relationships and milestones of my Spain life have been a series of coincidences. From my hearing casually about the auxiliar de conversación…

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Madrid Design Festival – Mooching around Spain – Spain Travel Article

Madrid Design Festival – Mooching around Spain Throughout February, Madrid is hosting a festival on all aspects of design with exhibitions and events taking place all over the city. The creative scene has always been lively in February with the Arco art fair and lots of other arty goings-on, so it is a logical step to broaden things out a bit. The dynamic cultural centre La Fábrica created the festival but lots of other places are involved. Helsinki is the…

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Farewell Almacenes Gonar – Mooching around Spain – Spain Travel Article

Farewell Almacenes Gonar – Mooching around Spain   I was walking down calle Bravo Murillo in Madrid last week. The street is not on any tourist routes and could never be described as charming or anything – it is certainly not fashionable or cool in any way – but I like it because it’s lined with the kind of unglamorous neighbourhood bars and shops that make Madrid what it is, reflecting the traditional and multicultural communities that live in the…

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The Liria Palace opens to the public – Mooching around Spain – Spain Travel Article

The Liria Palace opens to the public – Mooching around Spain The Liria Palace in Madrid, home of the Duke of Alba, has finally opened to the public today and I was lucky enough to be one of the first through the doors. I’ve wanted to get in there for years – decades actually – but until now visits were limited to small groups once a week and you had to apply months in advance, which I somehow never get…

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