Like Pulpo Paul, Kim and I had an inkling that Spain would win the 2010 World Cup. We booked a trip for what would be the experience of a lifetime — being enveloped in a massive celebration in Madrid.

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  • Coastal Lisbon, Portugal, home of fado and its history of world discovery
  • Many Madrid tapas crawls
    • Santiago Bernabeu, home of Real Madrid
    • Coinciding with the World Cup final
  • Medieval Toledo, the opulent former capital
  • Sevilla, our base for Andalusia. Once ruled by the Muslim Moors, it’s now the bullfight-and-flamenco hotspot that is the most traditionally Spanish region in Spain. Think Don Juan and Carmen.
  • Tangier, Morocco, a quick ferry ride but a world away from the southern tip of Spain
  • Bustling Barcelona, capital of Catalunya and countless confectionaries
    • Camp Nou, the legendary home of FC Barcelona
    • Segrada Família, a still-in-the-works Gaudí masterpiece
Map of Western Europe with each location noted and annotated with a photo