Yes, location

In Falset, there was a sweets shop at Carrer de Baix 12 called, Pastisseria López. The building it called home had two main features: a solid column, encrusted with some form of stone that matched the rest of the interior and then sitting at the main corner that is one of entrances to Plaça de … Continue reading "Yes, location"... >>

As the Priorat crumbles

Capping off a series of very busy months where I’ve little time to do much but try and keep up with writing, Editor in Chief sent me this article (in Catalan) which basically says that population of Priorat County, where I live, has decreased 6% over the last five years. As I explain on the … Continue reading "As the Priorat crumbles"... >>

Out of the farmhouse and in to the village

Since last fall, I’ve called the village of Porrera in Priorat, Catalonia, home. This came after living in a Catalan farmhouse or masia for nearly two years. One would think that moving to a village in a region that has maybe 1/4 the population it had 100 years ago would be an easy thing to … Continue reading "Out of the farmhouse and in to the village"... >>

The peasant solution to air conditioning

As the temperature has been about 33C for several weeks with spikes up to 40+, it’s quite easy to say, it’s hot. You could even say, it’s damned hot. This is the main topic of conversation these days for those who aren’t able to take the now common double-dip vacations in July & August. I … Continue reading "The peasant solution to air conditioning"... >>

The secret to understanding Spanish tollgates

As I spend a lot of my time near Girona when not guiding wine tours or off on other wine adventures, I’m often using the western ring road to pop in and out of town. This is due to driving through Girona being one of those things in life that can spontaneously give you scabies. … Continue reading "The secret to understanding Spanish tollgates"... >>