Tapenade – Tapas Recipe

Olives are everywhere in Spain and they use them in a lot of great recipes. It goes great with bruschetta, or use it on salads and sandwiches for a quick Mediterranean bite. Tapenade is one of those easy, classic recipes to make when you want to clear the fridge f cocktail olives or spiced olives and herbs…

The Spanish Inquisition, Ham & The Catholic Church

During the later years of the Crusades the Christians started running out of money and went to the Jews to gets funds to pay for the holy war.  Once the crusaders pushed the Moores out of the Iberico Peninsula the Jewish lenders wanted their debts collected and this became problematic for the newly victorious Christians….

Aquaduct of Avila, Spain

Built around the 1st century AD, this is one of the most well preserved elevated Roman Aqueducts, is the most iconic symbol of Segovia and the most significant architectural landmark in Avila. Consisting of a simple giant block construction of single and double arch pillars the structure reaches up to 93.5 feet tall.  Using a…

Alcazar of Segovia, Spain

This UNESCO Heritage site was originally built by the Romans as a fort and later improved by the Muslims.  Christians took it in 1120 and made a series of improvements, after many centuries the castle served as the Capital of Leon and Castile with Queen Isabelle enthroned after the death of King Henry IV in…

Toledo, Spain

This charming alcazar is about a 30 minute train ride from Madrid Toledo is purposefully laid out like a typical Muslim maze on a steep incline to confuse would-be invaders. It has changed hands many times during the crusades, shifting between Moorish and Christian hands.  It was famous for its metalworking processes making some of the…