Tag: culture

Dead Chic – a walk around Montparnasse Cemetery

If you want to really get under the skin of a place, visit the cemetery.  Only in the cemetery do rich and poor rub shoulders in quite the same way.  History is written in names, dates and sometimes photographs.  You…

El Molino, Barcelona: photos from another time

Before the summer Olympics came to town in 1992, Barcelona was a very different place.  Before the tide of money and regeneration, the city lived with its back to the sea.  Tourists were few and far between, even something of…

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The Italian Highlights Tour: Pisa to Venice by rail

Want to take in the best of Italian culture – we’re talking tilted architecture, Michaelangelo and Venetian canals – in a week?  This might just be the trip for you. From Pisa, it’s an easy and comfortable train journey to…

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5 Unmissable Barcelona Museums (and how to get in for free)

Here at Gusto Guides, we are culture lovers and always on the lookout for things to do in Barcelona, our adopted home town.  A few weeks ago, we posted our picks of Madrid‘s best museums and today we turn our attentions to Barcelona and…

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The Hypogeum: Malta’s underground world

Malta is home to some of the most impressive neolithic sites in the world – none more so than the hypogeum at Hal Saflieni.  This underground burial complex is open to the public, and has been an UNESCO world heritage…

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An Art Lover’s Guide to Palma, Mallorca

Palma is fast gaining a reputation for its galleries and exhibitions, and when Mallorca’s capital city ‘does’ art, it’s in its own inimitable style. Galleries are laid-back, collections are just the right size to offer good variety but without overwhelming…

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11 Spanish films you need to see

Soldados de Salamina/Soldiers of Salamis ( 2003 ) Film based on the book of the same name by Javier Cervas, a writer who has been known to whip up controversy over his own-brand mixture of reality and fiction.  A university professor searches…

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Inside Malaga’s eccentric Alcazaba

Andalucia has a long, colourful history full of battles, conquests and re-conquests, and the port city of Malaga is no exception.  Remnants of the city’s moorish past are everywhere, from place names to Mudejar-syle architecture to the serene 8th century…

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7 Spanish bands you should have on your playlist

Okay, so Spanish bands don’t get as much attention as their American and British counterparts.  But there are some absolute gems to discover – and Gusto Guides has done all the hard work, so you don’t have to. Veneno Formed…