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Escape to Alella: Come Savor this Small but Mighty Spanish Wine Region

written by Melissa Leighty | 5th October 2015

“You can see that these are smaller, and they form more of a cone-like shape than the traditional round clusters you’re used to seeing,” she says pointing to a delicate looking bunch of grapes hanging from a sturdy vine. “That’s because they’re Chardonnay grapes, while the ones on our left are Pansa Blanca.” The grapes glow green-gold in the...

Top 10 Reasons Why Madrid is the Best Place to be Single 

written by Melissa Leighty | 23rd September 2015

Being single can be a blessing, or a curse, depending on what you’re looking for. Over the years, I’ve found it mostly liberating and occasionally frustrating, like the day you’re nixed from the Valentine’s couples-only discount at the Collisseum, because you’re a lonely party of one. Suddenly you envision an enormous arrow over your head with blinking red lights screaming “Single!”, while...
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Douro Valley Premium Wine Tour

The Douro Valley is by far one of the most beautiful wine regions in the world and a incredible destination...

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Portuguese: Organic and Natural Wine Tasting

For thousands of years, Portugal has not only made wine but has been very natural in its production. It...

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Introduction to Portuguese Wine Tasting

Portugal not only lays claim to founding one of the very first demarcated wine regions in the world, the...

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A Foodie’s Guide to Learning Spanish in Spain

written by Melissa Leighty | 25th August 2015

Spanish may not be the language of love, but investing the time to pick it up is certainly a labor of love. It is a commitment to learning both the language and the culture where it’s spoken, and while it’s not always easy, it’s nevertheless one of the most rewarding experiences I know. In my opinion, there’s no better...

Your Essential Guide on Riding the Train in Spain

written by Melissa Leighty | 25th June 2015

I woke up early in the morning, when the sun was just peeking through the industrial blue curtains framing the small window at my head. It took me a moment to place myself, since it’s not often I awake to that gentle, reassuring sway that makes traveling by train such a pleasure for me. I was on the top...

6 Tips on How to Ride the Rails in Spain like a Pro

written by Melissa Leighty | 8th June 2015

This is a cautionary tale. We bought our tickets for 7am. It was early, but for the price we would happily manage it. But then, we were in Spain where typically late nights make a certain ruin of mornings. We went out, we had copas, we decided on a mini-siesta, aiming to get in just a few winks before...

Spanish Nightlife: 10 tips on how to have the most fun

written by Melissa Leighty | 15th April 2015

If I knew then what I know now, I would have saved myself a lot of trouble. These are the tips of an expatriate and those of a traveler. They are the words that I utter after every trip gone awry and also after those that went off, mostly, without a hitch. Yet, it’s also something that I think...
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