• Catalonia Travel Blog

    A travel blog about the beautiful region of Catalonia in north eastern Spain. With local news, world news, stories and travel articles.


  • Scissor and Tongs

    Scissor Tongs

    The sharp end of the campaign IT IS a rite of passage for any French politician seeking high office to linger at the annual Paris agricultural fair, petting... Read more

    Posted on 27 September 2016 DESTINATIONS, TRAVEL
  • Hash and Burn

    Hash Burn

    IT IS peak season and dozens of sweat-drenched men are labouring in the fields near the Albanian town of Tragjas, harvesting a bumper crop of cannabis.... Read more

    Posted on 26 September 2016 DESTINATIONS, TRAVEL
  • Nobel, Unprized

    Nobel, Unprized

    But the design is dynamite FEW Swedes have been as influential as the bearded chemist and inventor of dynamite, Alfred Nobel. Yet his countrymen appear reluctan... Read more

    Posted on 25 September 2016 DESTINATIONS, TRAVEL
  • The Hollow Election

    Hollow Election

    Only one name matters ON THE face of it, Vladimir Putin got everything he wanted. On September 18th his United Russia party won a thumping three-quarters... Read more

    Posted on 24 September 2016 DESTINATIONS, TRAVEL
  • The Parable of Ticino

    Parable Ticino

    FOR the European Union’s high priesthood in Brussels, the right of people to live and work anywhere in Europe is sacred. But free movement is a worldlier concer... Read more

    Posted on 23 September 2016 DESTINATIONS, TRAVEL
  • Caged Fervour

    Caged Fervour

    AFTER nightfall one Saturday in January 2015, Bilal Taghi set off on a road trip with two friends, his wife and their infant child. They left their home town... Read more

    Posted on 22 September 2016 DESTINATIONS, TRAVEL
  • Duma-day Machine

    Duma-day Machine

    SINCE Russia’s last parliamentary election in 2011, when widespread fraud triggered mass protests, millions of Russians have fallen into penury. Wages have... Read more

    Posted on 17 September 2016 DESTINATIONS, TRAVEL
  • You Must Remember This

    Must Remember This

    Second time as farce IN THE giddy capitalist dawn of the 1990s, many of the tawdry products that stocked Soviet-bloc stores (when you could find them) were... Read more

    Posted on 16 September 2016 DESTINATIONS, TRAVEL
  • Upsetting the Apple Cart

    Upsetting Apple Cart

    FEW of Europe’s economies have had a more miserable decade than Ireland. Since being hit hard by the financial crisis, it has endured nearly ten years of... Read more

    Posted on 15 September 2016 DESTINATIONS, TRAVEL
  • Brazen Meddling

    Brazen Meddling

    Beautiful, I’m telling you THE plan was, as Donald Trump might put it, “yuuuge”: a statue of Christopher Columbus taller than the Statue of Liberty, donated by... Read more

    Posted on 12 September 2016 DESTINATIONS, TRAVEL
  • A Conspiracy So Immense

    Conspiracy Immense

    ISTAR GOZAYDIN, a professor at Gediz University in Izmir, felt the sting of Turkey’s purges earlier than most. She was fired days after July’s failed coup, not... Read more

    Posted on 10 September 2016 DESTINATIONS, TRAVEL
  • Magical Misery Tour

    Magical Misery Tour

    WITH its high unemployment, pervasive crime and rows of empty shops, the Belgian town of Charleroi is a “musée du globalisation”, quips Nico Buissart, with... Read more

    Posted on 05 September 2016 DESTINATIONS, TRAVEL
  • East is East


    “WHEN the end of the world is nigh,” Otto von Bismarck allegedly said, “I will move to Mecklenburg, because everything happens 50 years later there. Read more

    Posted on 02 September 2016 DESTINATIONS, TRAVEL
  • Assimilation Report

    Assimilation Report

    Give me some sugar, neighbour IF ALL of the roughly 567,000 Syrian refugees currently in Germany were like Firas Alshater (pictured), there would be no... Read more

    Posted on 01 September 2016 DESTINATIONS, TRAVEL
  • Fighting for Position

    Fighting Position

    Putin spends rubles, makes rubble AS COLUMNS of soldiers marched through the centre of Kiev to mark 25 years of Ukrainian independence this week, Larissa... Read more

    Posted on 30 August 2016 DESTINATIONS, TRAVEL
  • Al-Malarkey


    THE presidential palace in Ankara is a 1,150-room modern fortress of stone pillars and sheet glass, completed for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2015 at an... Read more

    Posted on 28 August 2016 DESTINATIONS, TRAVEL
  • You Betcha


    WHEN the Italian football season opens on August 20th, fans who have been staving off their soccer cravings by following news of summer transfers will at last... Read more

    Posted on 23 August 2016 DESTINATIONS, TRAVEL
  • Duplicity Coup

    Duplicity Coup

    All part of the conspiracy THE aftermath of the attempted coup in Turkey on July 15th has been fertile ground for conspiracy theories. Read more

    Posted on 22 August 2016 DESTINATIONS, TRAVEL
  • Integration Panic

    Integration Panic

    Clash of civilisations? EVEN by their own exacting standards, Germans are experiencing a lot of Angst this summer. They are still jittery after aseries of... Read more

    Posted on 21 August 2016 SOCIETY
  • Extradition Quest

    Extradition Quest

    TURKEY has good news for inmates of its crowded prisons. A decree on August 17th made some 38,000 of them, excluding those convicted of serious crimes such as... Read more

    Posted on 20 August 2016 DESTINATIONS, TRAVEL