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Travel With Bender

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Spain

September - October 2013

We didn't have much time in Spain, but what we did have we packed in. From running with the bulls in Pamplona to viewing ancient architecture by Gaudi in Barcelona. 

Without a doubt we would love to come back to Spain and give it more attention that it deserves. 

Travel tip: Make sure you get travel insurance for Spain before you depart on vacation.

  • 6 Best Tours in Valencia: Paella, Wine, Silk, and the REAL Holy Grail

    6 Best Tours in Valencia: Paella, Wine, Silk, and the REAL Holy Grail

    Spain

    With the help of a few knowledgeable tour guides, I sampled Valencia’s best wine and paella; shopped for authentic, locally made souvenirs; and delved into the city’s motley history, uncovering the real stories behind the Holy Grail and the role of silk in Valencia’s glorious golden century. Try these 6 best tours in Valencia on your next trip to Spain.

  • Cram It: 48 Hours In Barcelona, Spain

    Cram It: 48 Hours In Barcelona, Spain

    Spain

    15 days had passed since we disembarked our cruise ship in Civitavecchia but it felt like months. We had seen so much in such a short period of time on our Southern Europe road trip. But now it was coming to an end and Barcelona was a fitting finale.

  • Historical Heritage Meets Contemporary Design in Mercer Hotel, Barcelona

    Historical Heritage Meets Contemporary Design in Mercer Hotel, Barcelona

    Spain

    Hidden in the Gothic walls of the ancient city a bellman rushed to our aid welcoming us to the Mercer Hotel Barcelona. The Mercer Hotel is a 5 star luxury indulgence. The building was built on an ancient Roman defence tower dating back to 1st century AD. When you walk through it’s chambers across the ancient floors you can almost feel yourself going back to that time, but luckily enough with all the modern conveniences of the 21st century. If you are looking for a bit of exclusivity without the exclusion then perhaps consider a stay at the Mercer.