A Winter Stay in the English Midlands

A winter stay in the English Midlands Most people when they visit Britain tend to go to London, Edinburgh or maybe York, Bath or Glasgow.  The vast majority of the country is completely missed by overseas visitors. The Midlands, as the name implies, is in the middle...

Christmas in Oslo

Living in Spain is wonderful but, as a born and bred northern European, sometimes you need to get away from the wall­to­wall sunshine and endless red wine. We are lucky to have our family living in Norway so we can go there for a “fix” of normality a couple of times a...

A trip to Banyoles

Autumn is probably the loveliest time of year in Catalonia.  It is mostly sunny, warm, but not too hot, and the tourists have all gone home so we can once again enjoy the beauty spots of the area in peace and tranquillity. At this time of year we like to go inland. ...
Catalonia – To Secede or not to Secede

Catalonia – To Secede or not to Secede

By guest blogger Jane Johansen This is the million dollar question here in Catalunya at the moment – and there really is no clear answer.  It is complicated:  resentment towards the Spain and the central Madrid government is centuries old – and not helped by modern...

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