Spanish Streets and the Meaning of Life

    Calle del Principe, Madrid   Look up, look up Above the regiment of shops.   Look up into the balconies, Introverted like a snail withdrawn. There is no wind, no rain, no sun, Inside the balconies Men are gods without knowing, Divinity by accident, no: By hard work! ‘Come to Madrid, little one,…

Travel Essay on Happiness

Sitting on an old bronze fountain looking out across the Plaza de la Virgen of Valencia I look at the dawn-runners, people going to work, riding the bus, having a coffee on the steps of the square, and I want to ask them all if they are as happy as I am. Of course, it…

Valencia Streetscapes

Walking, strolling, exploring the urban Barrios of Valencia one discovers a homely city ready to claim anyone’s inspiration. It was said of Buenos Aires that there are fairies dwelling in the streets called Duende that cast a spell on you and ensure you always return. Valencia has its own Duende fairies and they hover and…