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Top 10 Caves in Spain
by John Bascombe on Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Spectacular Caves in Spain
Intense summer heat often lingers on as summer draws to a close, inspiring us to seek a little cool break from the sun. Scenic caves and grottos offer an unexpectedly refreshing itinerary option. Here’s a quick round up of Spain’s ten most attractive caves; intriguing places that have quietly awaited our presence since pre-historic times:
Although it's located in Zugarramurdi, Navarra, this cave is also known as the Cave of Aquelarres. It was formed by erosion from Infernuko erreka (“hell’s creek”).
They say that in the Middle Ages witch gatherings were held here. Later, in the 17th century, the Spanish inquisition condemned a number of local women to burn at the stake. A series of caves makes up the area, the largest of which measures in at an impressive 100 meters long by 20 wide and 30 high.
by John Bascombe on Monday, September 15, 2014
Ponferrada 2014 Zurich, Copenhagen, Montreal, Barcelona, Lisbon, Budapest, Rome and now, Ponferrada. Ponferrada? Yes, that Little town with a gentle microclimate tucked within the harsh hills of León, Spain. September of 2014 will mark its entry into the pantheon of cities that have hosted cycling's UCI Road World Championships… read more »
by John Bascombe on Thursday, September 11, 2014
Romantic Poets From Juan Arolas to Jose Espronceda , the Spanish literary canon is littered with romantic genius to rival even that of the prolific and widespread Romantic Movement in the United Kingdom with John Keats , William Wordsworth and William Blake. Although the lifespan of the Spanish romantic period was perhaps shorter than elsewhere, it was arguably more intense. The Movement, which took place at the beginning of the 19 th Century, was characterized by a focus on emotion, yet the romantic poets also celebrated the beauty and divinity of the natural universe , the vastness of the imagination, and the liberation of the individual. Art itself became freer, with symbols and myths often used, and value was placed on the marginalized within society. Poetry often dealt with the notion of ‘passionate love’, with its extremes of emotion, introspectiveness and the search for the ‘self’… read more »
by John Bascombe on Thursday, September 04, 2014
The 2014 Biennial Flamenco Festival If you’ve been in Seville over the last few weeks you’ve probably seen the larger than life images of flamenco performers frozen in striking poses as they roll down city streets on the sides of lightrail trains. You can almost hear the intense rhythms, high passion hand clapping, foot stomping, dramatic deep song, and inspired guitar voicings on the verge of erupting here in a full-fledged international celebration of this unique art form. Seville, the unwavering heart of the flamenco world, is gearing up for her highly anticipated Biannual Flamenco Festival set to take place from Sept. 12 to Oct. 5. … read more »
by John Bascombe on Thursday, August 28, 2014
From August 30 to September 14, 2014, the 17th FIBA Basketball World Cup will be held in Spain. Over the course of 15 days, 24 teams that have qualified to represent their country will try to win the Naismith Cup (named in honor of the inventor of the sport, James Naismith ) in one of the most important global sporting events… read more »