Since it opened in the fall of 1997, the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao, a gleaming curvilinear ship of titanium, limestone and glass, has drawn a steady flow of tourists to this Basque seaport on the northern coast of Spain. But among the throngs of visitors we encountered was an American whose journey had nothing to do with Frank Gehry’s futuristic design that thrusts into the Nervion River. Joaquin Carlos Caraguegguie had simply returned to his boyhood home to arrange the details of his late father’s estate.
Articles written by: Harvey Frommer
Ninety-four kilometers south of Pamplona, where Ernest Hemingway ran with the bulls, Tudela, second largest city in Navarre after Pamplona, is a metropolis of many distinctions, not least among them a Jewish history of majestic proportions. It was home to some of the most renowned figures in Sephardic literature and scholarship; its two still-existent Juderias are among the most extensive in all of Spain. Yet for the longest time, Tudela’s Jewish erstwhile presence was forgotten, victim to a kind of collective amnesia. And then a 53-year-old librarian/archivist made an accidental discovery, and the process of remembering began.
The recent uprising in Tunisia reminded us of Claudine, whom we met in the old section of Cannes where a kashruth sign in the window of a butcher shop had caught our attention. Curious, we stepped inside just as an attractive, well-dressed woman was gathering up her packages. An impromptu conversation ensued.
From Rizzoli Publishers comes “Fly Water” and “British West Indies Style.” The former brings us to the fly-fishing rivers of the American West. The latter is focused on the superbly and uniquely furnished homes of Antigua, Jamaica, Barbados and more.
What more can we expect from Rizzoli Publishers than two more terrific and collectible tomes – – “Architecture of the Sun” and “The Houses and Gardens of M.H. Baillie Scott.”
Although he wears many hats, you could call Elio a travel agent; he creates and organizes tours that reflect Argentina’s disparate ethnic groups under the rubric “Cultural Tourism.” But his heart, predictably enough, lies in the story of his own people and in dreaming up tours that document their history in this nation.
For holiday gift giving to yourself or to someone else, a trio from Rizzoli should definitely be on your list. Beautiful, informative, sensibly priced for what you get, representing travel and lesiure and history interests – – “One Hundred and One Beautiful Towns in France,” “Alfred Stieglitz New York,” “Caribbean Hideaways” – – fill the bill.