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The Wines of Basilicata

By Judy Pinegar Basilicata, in southern Italy, is a region whose name crops up only in wine circles. It is home to just four Denominazione di Origine Controllata  DOC’s, (certified growing areas) which collectively cover only two bottles in every hundred produced here. Winemaking in Basilicata dates back over a thousand years. While in central […]

The Ghost Town of Basilicata

Craco is the southern Italian hill town located Basilicata, about 25 miles inland from the Gulf of Taranto at the instep of the “boot” of Italy. The medieval village of Craco is typical of the hill towns of the region with mildly undulating hills with the lands surrounding it sown with wheat.  During the mid-Twentieth Century […]

Avila, Spain – May 2015

[Show picture list] Pictures of Avila After being in Madrid for awhile, we decided to take a narrated bus trip to Avila and Segovia, two famous cities to the north of Madrid. The main monument is the imposing Walls of Ávila (11th-14th centuries), the medieval work was started in 1090. The enclosed area is 77 […]

Madrid, Spain

[Show picture list] Text by Judy J. Pinegar  Photos by John J. O’Dell Arriving by train, really late (about 10 PM) we got a taxi to the place we were staying. They didn’t charge us for being late which was good because the rules said it would cost us 30 euros (1.12 cents= 1euro). But […]

Trip to Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Text by Judy J. Pinegar, Pictures by John J. O’Dell [Show picture list] “The Way” or the Camino de Santiago has been used for over 1000 years for pilgrims to get to Santiago de Compostela, the tomb of Saint James the Apostle.  Although there are many “caminos” or paths to get there, the most frequently […]

Our Trip to A Coruña and Buno

Text by Judy J. Pinegar, Pictures by John J. O’Dell Coming into A Coruna it was a nice hotel with horrible basement parking. John did it the first time, but then they asked him to let them park the car in the future, and  John was more than happy let them! So out for a […]

Three Days of Travel along the Coast of Northern Spain

[Show picture list] Text by Judy J. Pinegar, Pictures by John J. O’Dell After leaving Bilbao  we spent three days getting to A Coruna. Our first stop was Cuervas de Monte Castillo, a site with several caves with prehistoric wall paintings by humans since 150,000 years ago. We had a 45 minute guided tour of […]

Travel to Bilbao, Spain

[Show picture list] Text by Judy J. Pinegar, Pictures by John J. O’Dell After leaving San Sebastian by bus, we arrived in Bilbao, famous for the Guggenheim Museum of Modern Art.  Again we stayed in the old part of town (Casco Viejo), and after a rest, took the river walk to the Museum. The first […]

San Sebastian, Spain

[Show picture list] By Judy J. Pinegar  Pictures by John J. O’Dell Upon arriving in San Sebastian by bus from the airport, we quickly found our lodgings in the Parte Vieja (old city). A quick walk and we were at the shell shaped beach, Bahia de la Concha, lots of  boats docks and shipyards were […]

Last Day in Barcelona, Spain

Stables ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 14 Stables By Judy J. Pinegar  Pictures by John J. O’Dell We set out for the Maritime Museum, but on the way I noticed a new (since I was here with my daughter) Guell site by Gaudi: Palau Guell which was the first great commission Antonio Gaudi […]