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What happened in the formal garden

Our three-week stay in Jerez de la Frontera was relaxed and always interesting. Why would we want to leave, even for a day? One of the most important sites in Spain was a day trip away: the Alcázar in Seville. … Continue reading

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Postcards from Cádiz

Our knowledge of history has huge gaps. We’d heard of Cádiz, Spain but couldn’t bring to mind anything we’d ever learned. When we studied the map of Jerez de la Frontera, where we were staying, we noted Cádiz was only … Continue reading

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The real thing: flamenco in Jerez

Flamenco is a great example of all that we don’t know about other places and their cultures. When we first started to read about Jerez de la Frontera, we discovered that Jerez is famous for three things: sherry, horses, and … Continue reading

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A traveler’s choice: stepping off the tourist path

Where would you go to in Spain if you had a month? We decided to head for Jerez de la Frontera for 3 weeks and spend the last week in Cordoba and Madrid. (We imagine you are shaking your head … Continue reading

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Charming, scenic, and the food was delicious!

We chose Tavira, Portugal for its perfect geographic location, wedged between our long stay in Lagos, Portugal and an upcoming visit to Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. Now that it was chosen, what did we really know about Tavira? We … Continue reading

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Birds at the saltpans

Even for experienced travelers, sometimes logistics, time, and energy expended for getting to a place is just not worth it. Doñana National Park in southern Spain is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its biodiversity and strategic location in … Continue reading

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Snapshots from the western Algarve

For years we read about travel destinations that appealed to us. The places we ignored were often overrun with tourists. For that reason, the Algarve region of Portugal ended up in our reject pile. How many times had we read … Continue reading

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