Black Iberian Pig by Stephen Slater via CC BY 2.0

Tasting Jamón Ibérico in Valencia

Few things are more important to Spanish cuisine and culture than jamón ibérico, the celebrated ham made from Black Iberian pigs. Spanish ham is considered to be the best in the world. Massive legs of jamón hang from ceilings in restaurants and markets all over the country. I can’t recall seeing a restaurant menu in…

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The Mercado Central

Life in many Spanish cities revolves around the Central Market. It is the best place to find the ingredients that make up the local gastronomy. The Mercat Central of Valencia is one of the largest, most beautiful markets in Europe.

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Parrots in the Park

You never know what you are going to see during a walk in the park. On an afternoon walk through the Jardines de Real, a favorite city park of Valencia, we followed the chatter of birds to a cluster of trees draped with parrot nests.   Monk parakeets, also known as Quaker parrots, were originally…

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We’re Moving to Spain

We’re moving to Spain! I’ve been waiting for a long time to be able to put that in writing. As you can probably tell from the recent focus of this blog, Spain has captured our hearts. Time that we spent there in the spring confirmed for us that we want to explore this country and…

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Jill’s Urban Food Crawls now on GPSmyCity

It’s no secret that food crawls are one of my favorite ways to explore a new city. I started this blog to share those experiences and often thought it would be great if my readers could download these crawls to really get some use out of them. Starting today, you can! I’m working with GPSmyCity…

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Layover in Madrid

Call us crazy, but we actually enjoy having an overnight layover in Madrid. Not only do we avoid the stress of having to make a connection with our sleepy heads, but we get the chance to spend a day exploring the city before moving on to our next destination. We also get really excited about…

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A Glimpse of the Alhambra, Granada

One of the most popular tourist destinations in Granada is the Alhambra, a Moorish citadel and palace built mostly in the mid-13th century. It is one of the most famous Moorish citadels in Spain and a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1984. We reserved our tickets for the Alhambra one month before our trip, and…