Photo Diary: A Sweet Day in Astorga

Here’s something not many people know about me:  I can ‘nurse’ a chocolate bar for hours. Yup.  You can give me a regular-sized Toblerone, for instance, and it can take me the whole day to eat  it— only because I want to relish it down to its last gooey bit.  Not that this information is …

Marques de Riscal: Where Tradition and Innovation Coexist

I cannot claim to be an expert in architecture. What I am is an enthusiast at best. So I can only describe Frank O. Gehry’s work in these terms:  it is simply… mind-blowing.  I mean, have you seen the EMP Museum in Seattle?  Or the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao? How about the Dancing House in …

The Way of St. James: The Journey Begins

Railways are irresistible bazaars, snaking along perfectly level no matter what the landscape, improving your mood with speed, and never upsetting your drink. -Paul Theroux   There are too many spoons, forks and knives laid on the table before me. For a moment, I cannot remember which cutlery to use for which course, perhaps because …