The Jews of Girona, Spain

I arrived in Girona in the mid-afternoon of a bright winter day in January, after an easy one-hour drive from Barcelona’s El Prat Airport. Northern Catalonia’s largest city, Girona turned out to be bigger than I expected; I even got lost in a commercial area on its outskirts before finding my way downtown. I drove by several large and beautiful parks before I found Hotel … Continue reading The Jews of Girona, Spain

Mallorca, Spain – the royals, the rich, the Germans

I arrived at night at Mallorca’s Palma airport, one of the busiest in Europe, and was intrigued right away by the amount of ads in German – not in Spanish, the language of the land. “The Germans own Mallorca, they buy everything they can,” explained my French friend Margot, who has a vacation home there and was waiting for me at the arrival gate. “But … Continue reading Mallorca, Spain – the royals, the rich, the Germans

The reasons for Madrid, Spain

I had not been to Spain in a long time, but returning to Madrid last month made me wonder what took me so long – Madrid is thriving! The Spanish capital is a lively city of 3 million people with everything that other European capitals offer: culture, history, gastronomy, art, plus two important ingredients added to the mix – friendly people and low prices. The … Continue reading The reasons for Madrid, Spain