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It’s time for a new spinoff low cost carrier, as the suits and bean counters over at Iberia thought it was a great idea to start another airline with a brand new name. Iberia Express is scheduled to start selling tickets as soon as March 28—at least per their website—and after that it’ll be all low fares all the time. At least that’s what we’re hoping for!
The plan for Iberia Express is to connect cities in Spain with spots tourists and locals that want to visit. Initial destinations include spots like Madrid along with some of the country’s more famous island destinations—think Ibiza, Lanzarote, and Fuerteventura. Initially the new airline will just be doing its thing with a fleet of four Airbus A320s, so it’ll be quite some time before they’re flying to more cities and destinations. However, it does sound like there are some long term plans for Iberia Express, so hopefully there will be plenty of expansion and growth if everything goes as planned.
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A round of applause for Foursquare! As we've said time and time again, the location-based social media app has quickly replaced guidebooks as our preferred source of information and, with the introduction of a slew of new world city badges, they've also managed to fix the complaint that they're too "NYC-centric."
The newest metropoli to have the honor of a badge are Moscow, Russia and Barcelona, Spain.
How to get the badges: First, follow 4sqCities, and just to be safe, it wouldn't hurt to also follow the individual city list for Moscow (here) and Barcelona (here).Then travel to Moscow or Barcelona and clickety-click to check-in to the places on the recommended lists. Five places earns the badge.
Today is Wednesday. Hump day. It's also the end of Mardi Gras and the first day of Lent for Catholics, and thus the beginning of 40 days of fasting (yeah right like anyone sticks to the old rules much). Regardless, February 22 is a quiet day that totally necessitates a time-lapse/tilt-shifted video of pretty scenery for zoning out on your lunchbreak.
We've chosen the above "Beauty of Spain" 3:34 film from MillerFilms, which includes calming shots of sunsets, birds, little boats, waves...more waves...and even more waves crashing on shore, as well asyippeea cameo appearance by a cute cat.
Hungover? Truly this is the best medicine.
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We don't talk about the Spanish carrier Vueling, but then sometimes no news is good news. The exception is when an airline pulls a stunt that pokes fun at themselves or the industry, as Vueling has just done with their crew Christmas video.
Watch it above. The idea is that classic aviation scenes from iconic movies are acted out by Vueling staff in parody. A prime example is the scene from Snakes on a Plane, recreated by Vueling with
snakes arm sock puppets.
Of course we love stuff stuff that's winky like this, but even more we appreciate that it's not loaded with "Merry Christmas/Tis the Season" stuff. Can you name all the movies they've referenced?
Theme park junkies might need to cross the Atlantic to get their next fix in the future, as the newly announced Paramount Park in Spain might just be the next big thing. The corporate wallets are open wide, as organizers and officials are thinking about spending around $1.5 billion to get the new place up and running just outside Murcia along the country’s coast.
There’s a lot of stuff still on the drawing board, as bulldozers and backhoes probably won’t start rolling around until 2012 at the earliest. However, if all goes well it could be welcoming tourists from around the globe in 2015, as it looks to compete with Disneyland Paris as the amusement park hotspot in Europe.
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This seems crazy, but leave it to Hertz to figure out more ways to rent things that move to travelers when they just don't need cars. We're talking about electric bicycles, which have now entered Hertz's rental fleets in London andthe newestall over Spain, including Granada, Almería, Alicante, Valencia, Pontevedra, Álava and Barcelona. Even the islands of Mallorca and Formentera haven't been left out; Hertz has brought their nine different types of Swiss Flyer electric bikes off the mainland.
We'd probably most likely use these on an island; it's already on our to-do list now for Palma.
Now that summer is over most of Hollywood is getting back to work, but somehow Halle Berry has found a way to squeeze one more week out of the season.
Halle, her boyfriend Olivier Martinez and her daughter Nahla, were spotted strolling through the streets of Palma, Majorca, Spain yesterday where they are currently on vacation. Earlier in the day, Halle also took Nahla to Palma's outdoor market where they made a few purchases before a scenic train ride.
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Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem were spotted with seven-month-old son Leo enjoying a day off in Roses, Costa Brava, Spain where they took a stroll through town before stopping for lunch.
The hot couple was joined by Penelope's brother Eduardo and his girlfriend, Desperate Housewives' Eva Longoria. Though Cruz and Longoria have only been dating for a few months, she seemed to fit right in with the family. Over the weekend, Eva brought Eduardo to one of her favorite haunts too, her L.A. restaurant Beso, before they headed off to Spain.
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What airline gets the award for having the biggest hearts this last holiday season? Spain's Spanair for sure, since they pulled off a heartwarming stunt for a planeful of their passengers and also managed to create a lovely, viral-worthy video to accompany it.
You see, there was a Spanair flight flying from Madrid to Las Palmas overnight on Christmas Eve, and the airline thought they'd be cute and gift each and every of the plane's 190 passengers with their own Christmas present at baggage claim, complete with their names written right on the gift-wrapped boxes. Watch the video this way...
Warning to smokers: Don't light up in public places when traveling through Spain anymore. Yesterday the country enacted a ban on smoking in enclosed public spots, including restaurants and bars. So you won't get a chance to partake in the old smoky tapas bar tradition during your visit.
If you get caught puffing away, it will cost you; a first-time offense carries a $40 fine, and repeat offenders will have to cough up as much as $134,000 after the third strike. However, enclosed spots aren't the only places where where your pack of cigs and lighter are prohibited. You also can get slapped with a fine for smoking in some outdoor areas as well, including playgrounds and near hospitals.
This is a big change for the formerly haze-filled country, which was one of the few last remaining Western European nations to allow smoking in public places. Plus, according to the Christian Science Monitor, government officials estimate that 35 percent of residents above 16 are regular smokers.
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Alright, admit it: you're obsessed with the new Word Lens iPhone app too. If not, you're about to be.
Word Lens is a free app to start, and what it does is uses the camera on your iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 to instantly manipulate words. In the free version, the app reverses the words right on screen, or erases them completelyyour choice. If you pony up $4.99 each, you can upgrade to a Spanish to English or English to Spanish dictionary, which provides the magical instantaneous translation of (clear) words viewed by your phone's camera. We held it up to a Kindle, and a page of Spanish literature, to demonstrate above. The real thing is on the left, and at right is how the Kindle appears in our iPhone camera, with the Word Lens translation.
Note that it's not perfect, but it works best for reading simpler things, like menus at a Mexican restaurant or directions.
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Europeans are fond of complaining that American imports are ruining their culture, and usually we're like "shut up, we need our Chipotle." In this very specific case, though, they might have a point. Europe's first Christian theme parkmodeled after the ones in the American South and South Americais now set to open in Mallorca, Spain. Inexplicably.
We of course usually recommend a different religious travel solution. If if you want to see what the Holy Land looks like, our reasoning goes, you should actually take a trip to the Holy Land and see it. From the United States that might be prohibitive with the cost, but a flight from Spain to Israel on one of Europe's billion LCC's is fairly affordable. When you factor in the Euro/Shekel exchange rate you're almost saving money. We understand there are pluses and minusesin Israel you can only walk on the "Jesus trail" while in religious theme parks you can actually meet Jesusbut we kind of prefer our way. Even if there are no "live resurrections," as this theme park promises.