It’s a Suite Life: Sweet Inn, Barcelona

I constantly find myself being the planner of things:  the family vacation, the food that we eat, and the calendar that we live by.  It was crunch time and I was in a spot: Our son was doing a study abroad program in Barcelona and we were going there with him to enjoy the richness of Spain, take in a few sights, and enjoy a


Barcelona, Spain for Families…

Barcelona, SpainPhoto by: Barcelona, Spain for Families… Barcelona, with its dark and twisty lanes and its open-air plazas, is an amazingly vibrant city that should be on every family’s bucket list. In fact, that is why I wrote this article about Barcelona, Spain for families because I want Americans to visit here. When you think Spain, you may not think about the


Hotel Arts Barcelona – A Hotel Review

A quick jaunt over to the Hotel Arts Barcelona, had me excited about all the hype I had been hearing regarding this 5 star Hotel. Someone even told me it was the most luxurious hotel in all of Europe! I was ready to find out if Hotel Barcelona was the one! Arriving via ground transportation on the bottom floor, they quickly had me up the


Ode to Barcelona’s Street Violinist

Where to go in Barcelona I had arrived in the eclectic city of Barcelona, Spain, Madrid’s quirky half-sister, which is best known for its modern, undulating architecture, tapas bars and a laid-back Mediterranean vibe. It was a quick pre-trip for the Viking Ocean Cruises yacht, Viking Star, with little pre-planning done on my part for this city visit. I had only a few ideas as to where


Best Places to Visit in the World 2016

Best Places to Visit in the World 2016 Written for Expedia By Dr. Cacinda Maloney “For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.” - Leonardo da Vinci As a world traveler, I am constantly asked: “Where are the best places to visit in the world?” I have rounded up


Salamanca Spain and its Small Luxury Hotel: Hacienda Zorita

By Kerwin McKenzie of Cruising Altitude  - One can typically find Kerwin flying all over the world, having taken an early absence from his airline job, he now travels even more frequently.  I believe even I have seen him in more than 5 countries!  He most graciously agreed to go on a trip for PointsandTravel and to post a travel related article here about a


The Most Charming Walled City in Spain

The Most Charming Walled City in Spain By Guest Travel Writer: Kerwin McKenzie The walls to the city at night Are you a fan of walled cities? If you are, then you should head to Avila, Spain in the Castilla y Leon (Castles and Lions) province of Spain. Located just about an hour and a half drive from the Madrid Bajaras airport, it’s a city


Exclusive Luxury Cava and Wine Tour In Spain

By Cacinda Maloney Exclusive Luxury Cava and Wine Tour In Spain On the grounds of the Exclusive Luxury Cava and Wine Tour In Spain If there is one thing I love about my travels, it is the architecture that I get to see in different countries. I love to see the shape and form of places and how families live within them. I


Rock of Gibraltar and Seville, Spain

Travel memory:  I have been wanting to tell this story for quite some time, but out of respect for the monkey, I have waited! Rock of Gibraltar We were on a family trip where we flew into Lisbon, Portugal, rented a car and drove through the Algarve, then crossed over into Spain and went to the Rock of Gibraltar (the Gib for short). Doing the typical


The apples in Spain fall mainly on the plain

By Cacinda Maloney Apples in the countryside of Spain, Costa Brava   "How many apples fell on Newton's head before he took the hint? Nature is always hinting at us. It hints over and over again. And suddenly we take the hint." Robert Frost I was zipping along on my electric bike in the countryside of Catalonia Spain between Peratallada and Pals.  I


A Tapas Pub Crawl in Palamos, Spain: My flamenco dance with food!

By Cacinda Maloney On my last night in Spain, the Costa Brava Tourism Board arranged for our group of travel bloggers to have tapas on a pub crawl.  They wanted us to get to know the "real Espana". Tapas in Palamos, Spain Tapas are bite-sized morsels of food that range from tiny serranto ham sandwiches to prawn cones to quail eggs to amazing desserts, many on


Graffiti #2

By Cacinda Maloney Something about graffiti always catches my eye.  I usually photograph it in almost every city I go to.  Here is Graffiti #1 post and I am sure there will be many more to follow.  Which is your favorite? Train station in Italy Cuenca, Ecuador   Barcelona, Spain Barcelona, Spain Barcelona, Spain


Barcelona, Spain: Sweet and Salty at La Boqueria and Beyond

La Boqueria Barcelona and Ramblas Barcelona Take A Tour of Boqueria Barcelona: Sweet and Salty The tour I took in Barcelona was called:  Farm to Fork, La Boqueria Barcelona and Beyond. It began at the intersection of Carrer de la Boqueria and La Rambla, and was founded in the 12th century, making it one of Europe’s oldest markets. La Boqueria Barcelona If you haven't heard


Charming Medieval Villages along the Costa Brava Area of Spain: Peratalada to Pals

Spain, Costa Brava Peratalada and Pals By Cacinda Maloney If you are following along in my series on Costa Brava, Spain: Post #1: Costa Brava:  Spain’s Northeast Coast, getting there Post#2: Girona, Spain:  Diamonds are a girl’s best friend Post #3:  So, you want to go to Spain’s Brave Coast: Seaside LEstartit Post #4:  Medieval villages along the Costa Brava of Spain -Begur Post


Aiguablava: Hotel near Begur, Spain

Updated August 2015 By:  Cacinda Maloney Aiguablava Aiguablava is a small indention of a bay on the Costa Brava Coast in Catalonia, Spain. It rests quietly along the Mediterranean Sea with miles and miles of Spanish coastline. As I sit out on my balcony, staring at the beauty and charm of the Bay, I am struck by the simplicity of it all. It has an old world


Begur, Spain and its many medieval villages along the Costa Brava

By Cacinda Maloney Begur, Spain A quaint little town known for its privileged geographic location by the Mediterranean Sea, Begur, Spain in the Costa Brava has distinctive Cuban style houses, a crumbling medieval castle and astonishing crystal-clear beaches. This is an area of Spain that I am wild about! There are so many little medieval towns within this area, that it will be hard to


Spain’s Brave Coast: Seaside L’Estartit

By Cacinda Maloney If you are following along in my series on Costa Brava, Spain: Post #1: Costa Brava, Spain's Northeast Coast: Getting There Post #2:  Diamonds are a girl's best friend:  Girona, Spain This is post #3: So, you want to go to Spain's Brave Coast? Seaside L'Estartit Costa Brava, literally, the "Brave Coast" of Spain, is not to be missed on a trip


Costa Brava, Spain’s Northeast Coast: Getting There

By Cacinda Maloney This post is more of a  "how to" versus a romanticized gallivant through Spain!  I will be making a series of posts detailing the places to go and the things to do along the coast. That part will be gallivanting! (Posts#2-4) This is post #1  Costa Brava, Spain's Northeast Coast:  Getting There Barcelona is probably the easiest entry way to get to


So about that Castle party in Spain!

By Cacinda Maloney So, about that castle party!  #TBEX (Travel bloggers exchange) was having a conference in Girona, Spain in Sept 2012 and I decided this would be a great jump start to my new travel blog, so I decided to attend. The grand opening ceremony of the event was held at Castell de St. Gregori, an 11th Century Castle and catered by the Roca


Girona, Spain: Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.

Updated August 2015 By Cacinda Maloney Girona, Spain Sometimes on trips, you find diamonds …I found one... I can say, without a doubt, that exploring Barcelona and the Costa Brava area of Spain is a guaranteed adventure and an amazing trip within trips.  It is a trip that must be taken.  It can be done in 7 to 10 days by a family, a couple


Wandering the Gothic Quarter: Barcelona, Spain

By Cacinda Maloney After Gaudi's art show, I was wandering the narrow, cobblestone streets of the Gothic quarter, considered the center of the old city of Barcelona when I got lucky.  I came upon rustic-colored buildings with great texture, arches and window sills. Rounding the corner, there was this fabulous, nameless church, with an incredibly beautiful, maroon red and wrought iron front door. Nameless


God’s Architect: Gaudi

BARCELONA, SPAIN If you have never heard of Antonio Gaudi, you will know who he once you visit Barcelona, Spain.  Antonio Gaudi is Barcelona's inspiration, Barcelona's identity, and their love. He was a modernistic dreamer and architect of Catalan descent. Born in 1852 and having only died in 1926, after being struck by a train (while on his daily walk, without identification, he was not


Seville, Spain: Red Hot!

By Cacinda Maloney When I was a little girl, my world-traveling grandmother came home from Spain and brought some beautiful Spanish flamenco dancer dolls: the female in her blazing red dress and the male in his traditional  black pants,  a shirt and short vest.  The set came with a toro (bull).  I was mesmerized by what they could mean:  Seville:  It intoxicates by merely the

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