If there is an abiding symbol of Spain, it’s the tall, thin man in armour sat upon his skinny horse, and the short, stout man beside him on a little donkey. Driving southeast out of Madrid I start to see them everywhere: they appear as decal silhouettes on the walls of small-town bars, cartoon cut-outs in the shop windows, semi-abstract sculptures mounted on roundabouts.
I go out of my way to look at Picasso’s ink drawing of these two figures at the 16thcentury Church of Santa Cruz, in the walled city of Cuenca. Such a charismatic image, familiar even to those who have never read The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, by Miguel de Cervantes. Most Spaniards haven’t read the novel either, admits my guide, Pablo Moya. It’s too epic, too archaic. “But they still take pride in it,” says Pablo. “Especially people who live in La España Profunda.”
“The Deep Spain”, as Pablo calls it, is a socio-literary term for the Cervantine landscape of Castile-La Mancha. Places like Cuenca look more or less the same as they did some 400 years ago, when the author and his wayward fictional adventurers roamed the area. The old town hangs, UNESCO-protected, above a limestone gorge, its Renaissance churches and monasteries largely intact.
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In southern Poland, among the pastures of the Beskids mountain ranges and the Podhale region, Gorals (ethnic highlanders) uphold cheesemaking traditions dating back hundreds of years. Each summer, during the grazing season, head shepherds and their helpers take residence in distinct wooden cabins and make sheep’s cheese. Their huts are located near hiking trails and are accessible to tourists who come for a taste of this delicious local speciality
A river through time
Australia’s longest river cuts a slow course from the remote Snowy Mountains of New South Wales through the Outback to the Southern Ocean. More a meander than a mighty waterway, the Murray’s banks are nonetheless lined with monumental stories that have shaped the continent — plucky tales of immigration, determined irrigation and visionary agriculture that today incorporates some of the nation’s finest vineyards
Leafy Jo’burg’s treasures extend well beyond its historic gold mines, from arts districts bedecked with murals to a rejuvenated inner-city park and exciting dining venues
Between the steely skyscrapers and lush greenery, Hong Kong’s hotels are some of the finest in Asia, and with new openings and revamps across the city, the hotel scene is more spectacular than ever before.
THE ROAD OUTWEST
Prospectors, outlaws and early Mormon settlers all carved their way through the dramatic topography of Utah, each group leaving their mark on the story of America. Centuries later, this is still a land of discovery, best explored in the classic comfort of an Airstream trailer — a silver bullet snaking between national parks seeped in local myths
THE FOREIGN OFFICE
TOURIST OFFICES, TRAVEL COMPANIES AND EVEN CONVENTIONAL EMPLOYERS ARE MAKING ‘WORKCATIONS’ EASIER THAN EVER BEFORE. DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO JOIN THE GROWING RANKS OF REMOTE WORKERS SETTING UP OFFICES ON BEACHES AND IN HOTEL CAFES? MEET THE PEOPLE WHO, AS A RESULT OF THE PANDEMIC, HAVE DRAMATICALLY CHANGED THEIR WORKING LIVES.
This coastal Dutch province — its name translated as ‘Land on Sea’ — is a place where local producers have an intense connection to the water, making the most of its natural bounty.
The secret life of sake
FROM BOISTEROUS BARS IN TOKYO TO BUCOLIC BREWERIES IN THE HINTERLAND BEYOND THE CAPITAL, SAKE IS INTERTWINED WITH JAPAN’S CULTURAL AND SPIRITUAL LIFE
Offering an irresistible combination of flavours and textures, this classic Chinese dish has a long and complex history — and a cooking process to match
FIVE WAYS WITH Anchovies
THESE DIVISIVE LITTLE FISH ADD A DOSE OF UMAMI TO ANY DISH.
The Golden Iron Mineral
PYRITE’S MANY CRYSTAL FORMS KEEP COLLECTORS FASCINATED
A CHANCE ENCOUNTER WITH LEAPY LEE
On vacation on the Costa del Sol in Spain, I happened across an English language newspaper named The Euro Weekly News. There was an article signed by Leapy Lee. I wondered, “How many Leapy Lees can there be in this world?” An email address was attached. I contacted him and indeed, it was the British singer of “Little Arrows” fame. “Little Arrows,” an international country rock hit in 1968, made it to No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold three million copies worldwide. I set out to find what Leapy Lee has been doing since 1968.
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Reports of aggressive killer whales
Orcas have reportedly attacked sailboats recently off Spain and
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THE SUZUKI HAYABUSA
Suzuki said the first Hayabusa invented a new category called Ultimate Sport. We said, “Yeah, right,”…until we rode it.
VITAMIN D SHOWS SUPER impressive results IN COVID-19
Results just in from a hospital trial in Spain showed vitamin D to produce phenomenal results in preventing the progression of COVID-19.
THE ART OF THE SNACK Amigo by Nai
This month's The Art of the Snack focuses on a savory destination from Chef Ruben Rodriguez who has taken culinary inspiration from his home in Galicia, Spain. NYers have the ability to enjoy a number of the dishes he grew up eating from his mother's kitchen in Spain. In addition, he gives us the scoop on the restaurant group that he is creating as well as a bit on Nai Tapas and his newest venture, Amigo by Nai.
DARCY GERBARG: THE NEW GENERATION OF 3DVR ART
Gerbarg's unique artworks are developed from cropped images taken from her 3DVR colored light sculptures, with a virtual camera, in a virtual world. The color' brush' strokes 'painted' with colored light in the virtual world (3DVR), and the entire process, exclusive of the artist's physical abstract expressionist stroke-making gestures, is digital.
There are thousands of talented tattoo artists around the world, so to be picked by a celebrity you not only need to be at the top of your game, you also need to be chill. Celebrities want to feel at home in a tattooer’s chair and put their trust in an artist who can kick it like a homie. Ganga is one of those world-class artists who has impressed the likes of Hollywood with his top-tier skillset, notably chart-topping musicians Drake, Post Malone, Chris Brown and Nicky Jam. We sat down with Ganga to uncover his meteoric rise in the industry and understand why he’s decided to make Los Angeles home.