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Palio Horse Race: What's so Wild about Italy's Most Insane Festival?

The thunderous sound of hooves is barely audible over the roar of the crowd. You catch glimpses of multi-colored helmets bobbing up and down. The firm twist of reins pulls horses around treacherously steep corners.... Read More

  • Guide to La Merce Barcelona 2019 the City's Biggest Party!

    It’s time to start getting ready for La Merce Barcelona 2019. Every year in early fall Barcelona throws this massive, largely free, street party. Imagine a city-wide Festa Major and then multiply that by about 100 and that’s La Merce. This is, without doubt, Barcelona’s biggest party so if you’re visiting Barcelona... Read More

  • Uncovering the Barcelona Market Scene

    Barcelona, a cosmopolitan city, well known for its rich collection of extraordinary markets. Let's be honest; there's no denying, the city has some of the best food markets around, not only within Spain but throughout... Read More

  • Street Party! The Festa Major de Gracia 2019

    The Festa Major de Gracia 2019 kicks off this year, as it does every year, on the 15th of August, beginning with Assumptions Day. Yes, the 15th it's a public holiday for anyone who is asking! This week-long... Read More

  • How to Celebrate the Festival de San Juan: Barcelona Guide

    This weekend, for the Festival de San Juan, Barcelona will explode into life. For those not in the know, this is the celebration of the year. I can see you shaking your head and thinking, “yeah, yeah, according to you, every celebration in Barcelona is the celebration of the year.” But, stop. This one is.  Here’s the low-down because the festival celebrates a couple of things. According to the Gospel of Luke, St. John (a.k.a San Juan is in... Read More