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Feature: Walking a virtual Camino

Doing a virtual pilgrimage One of the few highlights of this long lockdown period (and I was in lockdown mode from 16 March 2020) was a virtual Camino I went on,  for 36 + 3  days, starting early April.  The invite came from our Camino leader Amy Gigi Alexander, she who has walked more than…

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Travel: The Alhambra Gardens

The Gardens of Heaven     If the Alhambra palace in Spain is a beautiful diadem, Sheila Kumar finds the Alhambra Gardens the jewel in this crown Blame it on the window views. Al Capone, Al Pacino and Alhambra…. There I was, taking the tour of the Nasrid Palace in the Alhambra, stopping every few feet…

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Travel: Montserrat, Spain

Serrated peaks   The clouds are thin and swirling, obscuring everything one moment, parting to reveal the curiously shaped stones of the mountain, the next. “I get a lot of this weather back where I live, in the southern hills in India,’’ I tell my fellow coach-travellers, only to meet with much disbelief. Alas, India’s…

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Travel: The Mesquita in Cordoba, Spain

All photos by Sheila Kumar and subject to copyright. Heritage Spain’s secular structure Sheila Kumar The traveller touring Spain cannot but notice the fact that right across the country, Moorish architecture sits peacefully alongside Roman and Baroque styles. Monuments containing both Islamic and Christian influences are all well maintained and shown off to visitors with…

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Travel: la Rambla, Barcelona

Rambling down La Rambla  If Barcelona is an amazing city, la Rambla is its very heartbeat. It is hard to be in Barcelona and not be slack-jawed. There is so much life, living, and vibrant splendour all around. In ways small and large, Spain’s vital port city stands as a tribute to beauty. The blood-red…

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Travel: The gypsies of Granada

A touch of India in Granada I’m sitting in a small cave high up in a barrio in the Sacromonte hills of Granada in Spain. The walls are rough in texture and look white-washed. There are copper and brass utensils hanging from the rafters and on the walls, and they look oh-so-familiar: pots, pans, woks,…

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Travel: Toledo, Spain

  A flash of blades It is the dream tourists dream of when thinking of old Europe.  Toledo conjures up images of ringing steel, of sabres  flashing in a rakish manner. However, there is a lot more to the place…. While Toledo invariably conjures up images of ringing steel, of sabres flashing in a rakish…

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