March 3, 2011 |
There's an imaginary border that crosses through the South of France and northern Italy, angling through Greece and Turkey toward the Middle East. Call it the olive oil line -- to the north, the cuisines are flavored with butter and other oils; to the south, the warm Mediterranean flavors of olive oil predominate. Another culinary border follows it almost exactly: the Great Garbanzo Divide. Also known as the chickpea, the garbanzo is a round, golden legume known in the Old World eons before true beans found their way from the New World.
February 16, 2014 |
MEXICO CITY -- Two Basque separatists believed to be part of a terrorist cell that killed 18 people in several attacks in Spain were arrested Sunday in the Mexican resort city of Puerto Vallarta, a joint operation with Spanish and Mexican authorities, the Spanish Interior Ministry said. Juan Jesus Narvaez Goñi and Itziar Alberdi Uranga are suspected of belonging to the separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna, or ETA, and had been fugitives...
October 10, 2011 |
The $1.5 billion Paramount Park in Spain hopes to rival Disneyland Paris as a European tourist destination when the movie theme park debuts in spring 2015. > Photos: Paramount Park Murcia theme park in Spain Located on the Mediterranean coast about 270 miles southeast of Madrid, Paramount Park Murcia will feature 30 attractions with an adjacent shopping center, hotels and casino. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2012 on a 100-acre theme park set around a central lake that will combine the themed lands of Disneyland with the movie backlots of Universal Studios . While not an investor, Paramount Pictures will license movie properties to the developer and provide design direction for the theme park.
June 7, 2012 |
Fitch Ratings cut Spain's long-term issuer rating three notches to BBB from A, putting it two levels above junk. The ratings agency also set a negative outlook for the struggling country, citing worries about contagion from Greece and doubts about the Spanish government's ability to take strong action to shore up its banks without international support, given its “high level of foreign indebtedness.” The banking sector could require 60...
November 12, 2013 |
Great Value Vacations' “Madrid and Barcelona Experience” lets travelers tour two of Spain's most vibrant cities, filled with art and architecture. The trip begins in Madrid, with three nights at the Hotel Agumar, near the Prado and a number of other art museums. Then it's on to Barcelona by train and four nights at the Eurohotel Diagonal Port Barcelona, with views of the Mediterranean. Dates: Select dates in February and March, subject to availability. Price: From $1,683 per person, double occupancy.
April 11, 2010 |
Virgin Vacations has a "Barcelona at Its Best" package with flight and hotel for six nights starting from $1,111 per person from LAX, including tax. The price is $799 per person if you fly from New York. The deal: The offer is based on double occupancy. Barcelona is not the only European city included in the sale. Virgin Vacations has an assortment of packages priced low for last-minute travel in April to Prague, Czech Republic; Madrid; Dublin, Ireland; Paris; and other destinations.
July 29, 2013 |
MADRID - Spain's prime minister and prince were among the somber throngs who crowded in and around Santiago de Compostela's soaring ochre cathedral for a memorial Mass on Monday for the 79 people killed in a train derailment last week. The cathedral is famous for welcoming thousands of pilgrims who every year hike an ancient footpath across northern Spain known as the Way of St. James. On Monday night, it welcomed thousands of mourners instead. The train derailed just outside the city on Wednesday, the eve of the region's biggest celebration, the Festival of St. James, honoring Santiago's patron saint.
November 21, 2013 |
Besides being a man of faith, Junipero Serra, the Franciscan friar who founded nine California missions, is a tourist draw -- and perhaps not just in California. The resort isles of Mallorca and Ibiza are already tourist magnets among Spain's many destinations. Now, Spanish tourist officials are giving an extra push to promoting the attractions of those two Mediterranean isles, along with Menorca and Formentera , two of the smaller Balearic Islands. The promotion coincides with Serra's 300 th birthday on Sunday.
March 2, 1991
I read with amused chagrin Stanley Meisler's Feb. 12 article "Soaps Sending Spain Down Drain?" He writes that Spain's intellectuals are complaining that their country's addiction to "low-brow" soap operas produced in Latin American countries are reducing their people to a 10-year-old's mentality. Perhaps this is Latin America's ultimate revenge for the early Spaniards destroying the rich (and often advanced) culture of that region. The surviving natives fled and hid; denied both their culture and schooling, they become -- as one person in the article arrogantly put it -- "the illiterate and miserable population that lives below the level of material and spiritual subsistence."
August 28, 2012 |
A well-intended but ultimately very underqualified octogenarian woman in Borja, Spain, has become something of an international art celebrity as her attempt to restore Elias Garcia Martinez's "Ecce Homo"-styled fresco transformed a more than century-old depiction of Christ into something else entirely. Many have decided Cecilia Gimenez's new look has given the painting a vaguely simian cast, while others have gotten more specific in noting the painting's uncanny resemblance to the monkey-like '80s toy Monchhichi . An inevitable satirical Twitter handle, @FrescoJesus , is more all over the map in deciding upon a resemblance, describing itself as a hedgehog in one instance and referencing its "action figure face" in another.