Archive for April, 2010

It’s a bit more than sun, sand, and sangria!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 22, 2010 by valpaparazzi

The temptation in this high-speed, cheap-flight, ‘been there, done that and would have bought the T-shirt if they’d had my size’ world gives the traveller the vague idea that he’s actually seen something of a country when in reality he’s probably only ticked off the ‘to do’ places in his Rough Guide or Lonely Planet.

Spain isn’t a country to ‘do’, it is a country to savour – in every sense, and not just in its gastronomic diversity. Most visitors will meander Madrid, bound around Barcelona or dabble their tootsies in the gently lapping waves of the Mediterranean. The inteligencia will have a gander at Granada, the energetic will salsa in Sevilla, the young will do their best to avoid being skewered during San Fermin, the running of the bulls in Pamplona. The enlightened will take it easy….understanding that to rush is to miss the very essence of Spain……

This blog is for those who want to experience more of Spanish life than the sun, sea and sangria of the coastal resorts, to visit places where a foreign accent is still looked upon as a rarity and where history is in the narrow cobbled alleyways shaded from the heat of the sun. To take walks where those earlier visitors, the Moors, brought civilisation, agriculture and much of the Spanish culture, or to join in one of the local fiestas that sometimes seem to have neither rhyme nor reason for their existence but will usually be buried in some ancient story. It is an opportunity to discover Spain in all its diversity.

If you would like to know more about Spain, visit my web site, http://www.derekworkman-journalist.com/. Valpaparazzi are random notes about life in Spain.