July 12, 2013
If you go THE BEST WAY TO VIGO, SPAIN From LAX, Iberia offers nonstop service to Madrid, and American, Air France, United, KLM, Delta, British, Lufthansa, US Airways and Air Canada offer connecting service (change of plane). Restricted round-trip fares range from $825 to $1,333, including taxes and fees. Iberia, Air France, American and British offer connecting service to Vigo's Peinador Airport. Restricted round-trip fares range from $825 to $1,308, including taxes and fees.
July 12, 2013 |
PONTEVEDRA, Spain - Galicia, the Atlantic-splashed left shoulder of Spain, grabbed my attention with photos of spectacular scenery and tempting cuisine. But truth be told, I wanted to see something more: the region's Sotomayor Castle, a medieval fortress that bears my surname. I wanted to brag a bit about having spent a night at "my castle. " Like many Americans, I'm delving into my family's genealogy, and although our roots are proudly anchored in Mexico, I found it fun to explore the origins of the Sotomayor name in Galicia on a six-day visit.
July 11, 2013 |
It's not every day you stumble upon the ruins of a 15th century hospital, but that's exactly what happened to Apple in Spain, where it is building a store. Apple's basement construction of a new store in Madrid has reportedly unearthed the outer wall of a hospital built to treat plague victims more than half a millennium ago, according to El Pais . The Buen Suceso hospital and a church of the same name were demolished in 1854 to make room for Madrid's Puerta del Sol square, but parts of both buildings remained.
July 9, 2013 |
New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan ran with the bulls -- or at least he ran with them part of the way before having to climb out of the way of one particularly speedy beast in Pamplona, Spain, this week. That's not to knock Ryan at all. It takes a lot of guts to be one of the thousands of thrill seekers to take part in the series of 900-yard dashes over two days as part of the annual San Fermin Festival. And Ryan was smart enough to know he wasn't going to match the hoofspeed of a charging bull headed in his direction.
July 5, 2013 |
TARRAGONA, Spain - Despite his nation's deep rift with the West, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un can count on one comrade to argue his case behind enemy lines: a multilingual Westerner who is as much at home in Pyongyang's secretive halls of power as he is in Silicon Valley or his hometown on the Spanish Riviera. Alejandro Cao de Benos, a 38-year-old aristocrat from Spain's Catalonia region, is believed to be the highest-ranking foreigner working for the North Korean government.
July 1, 2013 |
Mozilla's first mobile operating system, Firefox OS, will launch Tuesday with the ZTE Open smartphone being offered by a wireless carrier in Spain, the Web browser developer announced. The ZTE Open will cost about $90 when converted from euros. It will be the first device released to the general public that uses Mozilla's new Firefox OS platform. Mozilla is launching Firefox OS as a way to give consumers a choice besides Apple's iPhone and devices running on Google's Android system.
June 30, 2013 |
It was the dream matchup that soccer fans had been hoping for: The best team in the world against the best in history. And Sunday's Confederations Cup final in Rio de Janeiro's massive Maracana Stadium didn't disappoint, with Brazil routing Spain, 3-0. Goals by Fred two minutes into the first half and two minutes into the second half, sandwiched around a score by Neymar in the 44th minute, gave Brazil its third consecutive title in the World Cup...
June 28, 2013 |
WIMBLEDON, England - Andy Murray feels the heavy burden of expectations now that he's safely into the fourth round and has avoided the stumbles that sent Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal home shockingly early. "I think there's a lot more pressure on me now with them being out," said Murray, the No. 2-seeded player and Great Britain's hope for its first men's title since Fred Perry in 1936. "I don't read the papers and stuff, but there are papers in the locker room so you see some of the headlines and stuff.
June 27, 2013 |
The reign of Spain ... well, it isn't over just yet. But it was close with second-half substitute Jesus Navas sending the World Cup champions on to the Confederations Cup final with a dramatic penalty-kick shootout win. After 90 minutes of scoreless play in regulation and another 30 scoreless minutes in overtime, Spain couldn't miss the net in the shootout, converting all seven of its tries. Italy missed just once when Leonardo Bonucci's kick opening the seventh round sailed over the crossbar.
June 25, 2013 |
It's not surprising that Pedro Almodóvar's latest film, "I'm So Excited!" is being billed as a return to the erotically obsessed, anything-goes antics that propelled the Spanish director's early camp fests. But at 63, Almodóvar isn't looking to repeat his own cinematic past, even if his compatriots might wish to rewind the last several years that gave rise to Spain's current financial straits. "I'm So Excited!," a comic melodrama set aboard a transatlantic airline flight on which clothes are shed, much tequila is consumed and sexual partners are enthusiastically exchanged, could be seen as Almodóvar's contemporary version of the Hollywood musicals that provided escapist diversion during the Great Depression.