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Dalí’s hometown a real masterpiece

Dalí’s hometown a real masterpiece

FIGUERES, SPAIN - This is a surreal place, as I discover when leaving the main rail station, and looking up I see multi-coloured cows hanging from wrought iron balconies and giant eggs sitting atop roofs.
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Spain's legendary Palma is perfecto

Spain's legendary Palma is perfecto

PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN - The lunchtime crowd at the Bodega Tapas Bar on trendy Avenue La Rambia are too busy consuming pinchos (small snacks) to notice the strangers in their midst.
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Mahon is Spain's magical port

Mahon is Spain's magical port

MAHON, SPAIN- The streets of this knobby little island that juts out of the Mediterranean Sea just east of the Spanish mainland are almost deserted the afternoon we start to explore.
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Barcelona is Spain's gastronomic capital

Barcelona is Spain's gastronomic capital

BARCELONA - I’m being a glutton. While taking a break from the relentless heat in a cool, air-conditioned butcher’s shop, I stare at a small snow cone-sized cup, overflowing with glistening slivers of finely cut Iberian ham and try to rationalize the €4.50 ($6.80 Cdn) purchase with my stomach.
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Barcelona is a Gaudi Place to Visit

Barcelona is a Gaudi Place to Visit

BARCELONA - This is a city whose architecture you either love or hate. And I hate almost everything connected with Antoni Gaudi.
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Spain's Tapas Bars are Easy to Digest

Spain's Tapas Bars are Easy to Digest

BARCELONA - It was 9 p.m. and my growling stomach was getting angry. It had been nearly eight hours since my last meal.
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Catalan cooking lessons are food for thought

Catalan cooking lessons are food for thought

BARCELONA - Food is a main ingredient in the Catalan culture and the region’s unique cuisine is one of the big reasons tourists find Barcelona so appetizing.
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Eurail puts travellers on the right track

Eurail puts travellers on the right track

BARCELONA - Outside my window, Europe is whizzing past. First Holland, then Belgium … France … Switzerland … Italy … Spain. Small towns, their church spires sticking up like pins on a map, pass by in the blink of the eye.
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Having a Vine Time in Basque Country

Having a Vine Time in Basque Country

LAGUARDIA, BASQUE COUNTRY, SPAIN - A cloud of doubt hangs over Juan Manuel Lavín Santamaria’s head as he surveys the dark sky forming above this picturesque medieval Basque town.
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