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Mamma Parla is the queen of finding discounted hotel rooms. She found a great rate at the Grand Hotel Domine Bilbao, a very modern and somewhat posh hotel with incredible customer service and an even better location, just across the street from the Guggenheim. (more…)

VItoria-Gasteiz
Modernity meets the middle ages in the old quarter.

Two weeks in Basque country are underway and, as I expected, I quickly realized that 14 days are barely enough to comprehend Bilbao, much less the region. How do I do it all? Fit it all in? Eat everything I desire? Well, I can’t. And, frankly, I’m glad. I wouldn’t want to visit a place (more…)

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Vitoria-Gasteiz

Last month, I polled Parla Food readers to see where I should travel and eat for two weeks. After a week of voting, Basque Country came out on top and now here I am in Vitoria-Gasteiz, capital of the region and home to the Basque Parliament. I have a hotel booked here for one night, but (more…)


Gaudi’s masterpiece, the Casa Batllo’.

Against all odds–a violent cough, congestion, and a dulling of the senses brought on by the worst cold I have ever had–I was able to do some serious damage in Barcelona last week. I flew in on Wednesday to meet Mamma Parla for a five-day trip. I am actually quite (more…)