Great Con­ti­nen­tal Rail­way Jour­neys

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Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine - - Front Page -

Michael Por­tillo traces the early 20th-cen­tury roots of the Span­ish Civil War, which di­vided his fam­ily and sent his fa­ther into ex­ile. The for­mer politi­cian dis­cov­ers a na­tion frac­tured at the time by so­cial ten­sions and re­gional loy­al­ties, which to­day of­fer a rich di­ver­sity of cul­tures to de­light the tourist. Af­ter ar­riv­ing in Ma­jorca from Barcelona, Michael spoils him­self en­joy­ing spec­tac­u­lar scenic views aboard a 1912 vin­tage rail­way and a 1913 tram. He also gets tram­pled un­der­foot at the bot­tom of a Cata­lan ‘peo­ple steeple’ and learns to make the per­fect paella.

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