— The Granada War ended in 1491 with the Treaty of Granada, thus eliminating the last Arabic foothold in Iberia and ending the Reconquista. Now, the entire Iberian peninsula was under Christian rule. King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella forced the Muslims out of Granada in 1492, unless they vowed to convert to Christianity. Arabic influence
The afternoon siesta is not in Spain’s history yet. Shops and businesses in most of the smaller cities and villages, and even some in the bigger cities, close for 2-4 hours starting between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. The hours vary from shop to shop. The staff is out to lunch or running personal errands. Lunch
Here are Rick’s top 12 reactions while driving in Spain, and what he learned driving there. “But there were only two exits at the roundabout. Google Maps said to take the fourth exit.” Google Maps on your cellphone is not a good option for navigating in Spain. It is not as accurate as it may
— Photos of Antoni Gaudi’s architectural masterpiece, El Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Família. It has been under construction in Barcelona for over 100 years. Gaudi also paid homage to nature throughout his designs. Click on any photo to view them all full size.
Madeira, like most of Portugal, comes to life with Carnival the week before Lent to celebrate the coming of Spring and to have the last fun fling before the traditional somber period of Lent. The parties and parades of Madeira Carnival last for more than a week and conclude the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday with a