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University of Alcala de Henares – Past and Present

University of Alcala de Henares Spain

Less than 30km from central Madrid lies the stunning university city of Alcala de Henares. As well as it’s charming historic core, the city boasts one of the most famous and reputable Universities in the country. In addition to the local students, large numbers of foreign visitors descend on the city every year to take […]

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El Escorial Monastery – A Royal Ode to God

El Escorial Monastery

Nestled in the Sierra Guadarrama a little over 50km from Madrid sits the splendid and astonishing El Escorial monastery complex. Burial ground for Spanish monarchs, symbol of austere piety and retreat for the Madrid nobility, El Escorial has been an important location in Spanish history for 500 years. The town of El Escorial comprises both […]

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Cider House Rules in Asturias

Pouring cider, Gijon, Asturias, Spain

Cider House Rules in Asturias I had, it appeared, broken very strict etiquette. The aged Asturiano leaning on the bar in the Sidreria caught my eye and glanced away, raising his eyebrows slowly. For a fleeting moment there was a flicker of sympathy in the barman’s eyes as he looked directly at me – said sensitivity vanishing […]

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