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Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel

Everyone told me I wouldn’t need a map. Rental cars these days, they insisted, are equipped with GPS systems that would carry me right to the doorstep of my destination; I...

A couple of days after I wrote about “Caga Tio” – the traditional character made out of a rough-hewn log that is believed to “shit” presents in homes all over Catalonia,...

In Catalonia, Spain, the Caga Tio (a large log) is believed to "shit" gifts on Christmas morning

He was a cute little guy wearing an oversize traditional Catalán red hat. From his place on the countertop of  St. Christopher’s Inns Hostel in Barcelona, his raised eyebrows and big...

View over Girona and to the snow-capped Spanish Pyrenees from atop the Medieval city wall

Some cities beckon sports lovers, others are the darlings of festival lovers. Some delight the palate while others offer up a smorgasbord rich in history, art and architecture. Girona, Spain is...

Chef Xavier Arrey kisses a beautiful fresh-caught bonito destined for our dinner table

Our group clustered around Chef Xavier Arrey in the busy market, intent on learning as much as possible about the fresh local ingredients available in the Catalonia region of Spain. Through...

Coal Gastonomy Association Romances Meal in interior courtyard of San Vicenz Church

From the outset, I knew I was in trouble in Costa Brava, Spain. Not only did I love the people, architecture, and scenery, I loved the food! As if conspiring to...