A work of Gaudi in Astorga, Spain

This former Roman camp and base for the mining operations nearby is now home to some magnificent architecture including a building designed by one of Spain’s premier architects. Gaudí’s work has widespread international appeal, and there are innumerable studies devoted to his way of understanding architecture. Today he is admired by both professionals and the […]

Gregorian Chant in the Monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos, Spain

We drove over gorgeous rolling countryside in the early evening of May 20 about thirty kilometers from Lerma for the evening Vespers at the Monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos. The monastery has a long tradition of singing Gregorian chant. The monks of Silos became internationally famous through the album “Chant,” one of a number […]

An overnight in a Ducal Palace in Lerma, Spain

The Lerma Ducal Palace is the palace of the dukes of Lerma in Lerma in Spain, occupying the whole of one side of the city’s Plaza. Originally it had immense gardens below it, on the banks of the river, with fountains, stately homes and seven chapels, of which one (Cristo) remains. All documents relating to […]

Today in Olite, Spain

We stayed at the gorgeous and historic Parador at the former 14th century palace in the center of tiny Olite, Spain last night. It was a night to remember. The Paradors of Spain are government-run hotels that help to preserve what might otherwise be a derelict structure. Our rooms were massive, with fireplaces large enough […]

Next Adventure Starts May 6 – Prague to Santiago di Compostela and Lisbon

Our next Grand Adventure will begin with Jim meeting two-time guests Bob and Betty at the Prague airport. We’ll spend three nights in Prague before heading back into Germany with an overnight in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, then on to Meersburg, Switzerland, France, Spain and finally Portugal. This adventure will end on May 25 with […]