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Our Camino: A Postscript

April 13th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Pilgrimage, Spain, tourism, Travel

We completed the five-day Camino de Santiago pilgrimage yesterday, and celebrated by having dinner twice in about five hours. Walking 13 or 14 miles a day is enough to work up an appetite that can be acknowledged without fear of gaining weight. So there is that. Thinking back, I failed to mention, over the past […]

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Day 5 of Our Camino: Our Triumphal* Entry into Santiago … and the Botafumeiro

April 12th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Pilgrimage, Spain, tourism, Travel

*By “triumphal” we mean stumbling past the sign that read “Santiago”. So, Day 5 of the Camino de Santiago, the condensed, 73-mile version of a pilgrimage that can be 10 times as long, for the minority who start walking in distant lands, and often is about six times as long when starting just north of […]

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Day 4 of Our Camino: The Killer of a Pilgrim Is Sentenced

April 11th, 2017 · No Comments · Pilgrimage, Spain, tourism, Travel

The Camino de Santiago is a public event that passes through some of the most remote parts of Spain. The miracle is that the pilgrimage is so little touched by crime, especially given the surge in participation over the past 20 years, crossing the 275,000 mark in 2016, with women making up almost half of […]

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Day 2 of Our Camino: Dealing with Other Pilgrims

April 9th, 2017 · No Comments · Pilgrimage, Spain, tourism, Travel

If Day 1 of our Camino de Santiago was about getting to the other end, Day 2 was about getting comfortable among the other pilgrims. It is a diverse group. Statistics compiled by church officials in Santiago de Compostela, in northwest Spain, suggest half the pilgrims are not Spanish … that Germans are the biggest […]

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Day 1 of Our Camino: Slow and Steady Does It

April 8th, 2017 · No Comments · Pilgrimage, Spain, tourism, Travel

(Above, clockwise from top: Admiring a huge and ancient tree; distance markers scrawled on a bench; the official markers, noting correct direction and kilometers left before Santiago; Taking a break in a farmer’s outbuilding. The sign hanging, above, invites pilgrims to rest as long as they keep the area clean and tidy.) This may be […]

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On the Eve of the Camino de Santiago

April 7th, 2017 · No Comments · Spain, tourism, Travel

Tomorrow morning, the three of us begin our walk on the Camino de Santiago — the best-known of the Christian pilgrimage trails to Santiago de Compostela, a cathedral city in northwestern Spain. At the moment, we are in a bustling little town named Sarria, 110 kilometers (68 miles) east of Santiago. Sarria is the handiest […]

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36 Hours in Madrid

April 6th, 2017 · No Comments · Spain, tourism, Travel

I can attest to the obvious: A day and a half in Madrid is not nearly enough to get any nuanced sense of Spain’s capital city. We could have done better. I never have arrived at one of the world’s great cities having done so little preparation. Not much studying of maps or prominent sights, […]

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Phasing Out Airline Seat-Back Screens? A Disaster

February 17th, 2017 · No Comments · Travel

Perhaps the only significant contribution, over the past decade, to making long flights in coach class endurable has been the seat-back screen and the in-flight entertainment package. I know of no long-haul flight which does not have those little square screens right in front of the faces of passengers … and they go far in […]

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The Embarrassment That Is the LAX Bradley Terminal

January 16th, 2017 · 3 Comments · tourism, Travel

Summer smog? That’s nothing. Risk of the Big One earthquake? No matter. Thousands of arriving foreign tourists exposed to the chaos of the Tom Bradley Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport? That’s a daily killer to La-La Land’s reputation. Take, for example, a Monday afternoon in mid-January.

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The Paris Sports Bar

October 17th, 2016 · No Comments · English Premier League, Football, soccer, tourism, Travel

Paris has just about everything … but when it comes to the, OK, less-than-highbrow concept of the sports bar … well, they don’t do it often and often don’t to it well. All these years later, we finally seem to have found a competent sports bar that is a sports bar in a way that […]

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