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Checking Progress at the Sagrada Familia

August 27th, 2016 · No Comments · France, Spain, tourism, Travel

Far as I am concerned, first thing you do when visiting Barcelona is go to the northeast corner of the city and see how things are coming with the construction of the basilica known as the Sagrada Familia. Yes, even before making the pilgrimage over to the city’s great earthly structure, the football club’s Camp […]

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Welcome to Barcelona! Like to Buy a Messi Shirt?

August 26th, 2016 · No Comments · Barcelona, Football, soccer, Spain

Estacio Sants is the main train station in Barcelona. In case you have lost track of where you have stepped off the train from, say, France … the famous local football team has a merchandise store you can hardly miss as you exit the station — one of (by my count) nine such stores in […]

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Euro 2016: Too Expensive for Casual Fans of Iceland v Hungary

June 14th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Fifa, Football, France, soccer, Spain

France is host of the ongoing European Championship. We live in France. We have never been to a Euro tournament match. A few matches are being held in Marseille, the closest game site to where we live, in the Languedoc. One of those Marseille matches is Saturday and involves Iceland and Hungary, two long shots […]

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A History Teacher’s Alarming Knowledge Gap Exposed on ‘Millionaire’

May 25th, 2016 · 2 Comments · Spain

Perhaps this is unreasonable, but I expect an American who describes himself or herself as “a history teacher” to know the basic events of the past 100 years. Prominent Western leaders. Scientific breakthroughs. Inventions. Cultural Milestones. Wars. Which is why I was startled … disappointed … semi-appalled … when a history teacher could not pick […]

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Quique! A Classy Coach Jettisoned by Delusional English Club

May 15th, 2016 · No Comments · Arabian Gulf League, Arsenal, Dubai, English Premier League, Football, soccer, Spain, The National, UAE

Ah, Quique Sanchez Flores. Here we are on Day 2 of My Favorite Soccer Coaches Roundup, which includes a certain Spanish player and coach who grew up wanting to be a sports writer. But more about that in a bit. I have been a fan of Quique Sanchez Flores from the moment he was named […]

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The Spain/Costa Brava One-Day Road Trip

May 1st, 2016 · No Comments · France, Spain, tourism, Travel

A advantage of living in the south of France is that you are never far from the north of Spain. From the Beziers area, one can reach the border in about 90 minutes. Another half hour or so puts you near Girona as well as the Costa Brava vacation sites. Which is a nice place […]

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A Champions League Convert

December 9th, 2015 · No Comments · Arsenal, Barcelona, Champions League, English Premier League, Football, France, Italy, Paris, Rome, soccer, Spain, The National, UAE

After six years on the eastern side of the Atlantic Ocean, I can safely identify two additions to Sports Competitions I Follow. The English Premier League … which is a subdivision of the ultra elite European Champions League. This is where the world’s most famous sports teams come to play because, really, we must concede […]

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A Tale of Two Costa Blanca Cities

October 21st, 2015 · No Comments · Spain, tourism, Travel

Altea is amazing. Benidorm is appalling. Altea is a few blocks of 19th-century charm crowned by a 115-year-old church atop a hill. Benidorm is miles of urban sprawl built around “the most high-rise buildings per capita in the world”. And the amazing thing about this … is that these two cities are about five miles […]

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An Unexpected American Conclave in a Small-Town Spanish Mojito Bar

October 20th, 2015 · No Comments · Spain, tourism, Travel

One of those random things that happen when traveling: An unpredictable intersection of simpatico people. In this case, nine Americans meeting at a mojito bar early in the evening in the Old City of a small Spanish seaside town in the autonomous region of Valencia. When the whole of the city of Altea may not, […]

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A Spanish City on a Hill

October 19th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Spain, tourism, Travel

Seems like the older a town is, the more likely it is to have been founded on a hill. Such is the case for Altea, a city of 25,000 between Valencia and Alicante on Spain’s Costa Blanca. People have been living here for 2,000 years or more, and eventually they gravitated to the hill near […]

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