Coming from the French word terre for “soil,” the word terroir originally described the special characteristics of a region, or piece of land, which gave different varieties of wine, coffee and tea their individuality. (Soil, climate, position, regional traditions….)

Día de la Hispanidad – Spain closed! Well, not quite closed, but all the shops and businesses are. Here is an excerpt from my 2011 October blog. “Popped across the border (such a jet setter!)…

The European Commission has confirmed that the Catalan independence referendum was “not legal” according to Spanish law, and described aggressive beating of peaceful protesters by the Spanish riot police as an “internal matter”.