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DON'S TRAVELS

LA TIENDA'S FOUNDER, DON HARRIS, REFLECTS ON THE FASCINATING CULTURE & CUISINE OF SPAIN

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Spain's Natural Wonderland: The Dehesa

When I travel through southwestern Spain, it is tempting to hurtle through the countryside on a modern highway, barely glancing out the window as the hundreds of oak trees whiz by.  Without realizing it, I might miss one of the most beautiful and ancient cultural treasures of Spain - the dehesa.

The dehesa is a vast area of forested rangeland; it covers over almost 8,000 square miles, about...

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About Pimentón de la Vera - Smoked Paprika

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About Pimentón de la Vera - Smoked Paprika

When Ferdinand and Isabella in the monastery of Guadalupe received Christopher Columbus at the completion of his second voyage to America, they were astonished when he presented them with peppers from the New World. The flavor of the peppers took their breath away, but that did not stop the monks from cultivating them and soon the peppers spread throughout Extremadura. But it was not until the...

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REGIONS OF SPAIN

Extremadura

Extremadura is one of our very favorite regions of Spain -- it reminds us a little of the Wild West of Texas. The countryside is open and expansive: dry plains, mountains, marshes, meadows and fields. Tourists have not discovered the region so you can go for days just enjoying the landscape and the warm and hospitable people.

The most important area is called the dehesa which is...

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Essential Spain: Off the Beaten Track

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Essential Spain: Off the Beaten Track

This is an itinerary I designed for a couple who wanted to get immersed in the heart of Spain while avoiding the usual tourist destinations. This was a little over two weeks, which I think is the minimum to do Spain justice. Even with that, we only concentrated on perhaps one third of the country, always bear in mind that there are 17 autonomous regions with their own distinct styles and sometimes...

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