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Lori Needleman
North American photographer Lori Needleman moved to Spain in 2009 after meeting her husband while photographing the Spanish festival Las Bodas de Isabel de Segura. As she lives in the heart of Spain, she gets a rare glimpse of what life is like for those Spaniards living in rural villages where the only daily connection to the real world is the television. She´s walked the fields with shepherds, taken private tours of hidden tunnels from the Spanish Civil War and was chosen to be the town crier (pregonera) at the 2012 festival that brought here there.

Lori Needleman's ESPAÑA, a website dedicated to her visual experience as an American living in Spain, was selected by Photo District News Annual as one of the best photography websites in 2011. In 2012, she began blogging for the Huffington Post Travel section and for her own blog, 17 ESPAÑA. Needleman´s images are award-winning and have been featured in several magazines. She can be reached via her website

Entries by Lori Needleman

Move Over San Fermín: There's Another Fiesta In Spain -- La Vaquilla Del Ángel

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2016 | 10:24 AM

Imagine what it would be like to climb to the top of a pillar in the blazing sun, surrounded by thousands of vaquilleros (partygoers) all cheering you on. It´s early July in Spain, the crowd is soaked in sangría and they´re bellowing for...

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Al Capone in the City of Brotherly Love

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 12:42 PM

Inside Philadelphia´s Eastern State Penitentiary

Before venturing off to a new city, I always check various websites for travel guidance. For one such trip to Philadelphia, I found a plethora of information about the necessary places to visit like the historic part, which...

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On the Other Side of Happiness in Spain

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 12:34 PM

¨Hemos conocido el amor que Dios nos tiene y hemos creido en Él.¨ -13n. 4, 16
¨We have known the love God has for us and we have believed in Him.¨
-- The words above the door as you enter to see the nuns.

Las Monjas: The...

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Chasing Windmills In Spain With The Masters

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 9:00 AM

For centuries, Spain has been home to some of the world's greatest artists. Imagine what it would be like to have coffee at a local cafe in Madrid with some of these legends from across time. Perhaps Don Quixote author Miguel de Cervantes would share his memory of being wounded...

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The Quick and Dirty Spanish Survival Drink Guide

(3) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 11:39 AM

Spaniards love to celebrate any chance they get with a cold draft beer or a glass of red wine. You've seen images from festivals like San Fermin or Vaquillas where sangria is poured all over the crowds. Drinks are an important part of their culture, and ordering what you want,...

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Memories of Vernazza

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 1:16 PM


The Little Italian Village That Could

With the long winter lingering, my memories return to a quick jaunt from Spain to Italy last summer. Having visited Italy in the past, my favorite traveling companion and I decided this time to venture...

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A 1,945 Mile Dinosaur Trip Through Northern Spain

(3) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 7:40 AM

How cool are dinosaurs? We loved the film Jurassic Park, and who could resist Rex, the shy Tyrannosaurus rex from Toy Story? People have always had a fascination with these magical creatures and Spain is no exception. In fact, Spain is one of the richest areas in the world for...

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Is Albarracín the Most Beautiful Village in Spain?

(6) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 2:56 PM

13 Reasons to Love Albarracín


How would you feel if you were transported instantly to the Middle Ages? Thats what happened the first time I visited Albarracín, a small town 30 minutes from Teruel and two hours from Valencia, Spain. This sleepy little...

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The Queen's Abdication at the Royal Palace Amsterdam

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 9:29 AM

I took a quick jaunt to Amsterdam last week. Most travel guides give advice about visiting the Hermitage Museum, Rijksmuseum, Van Gough Museum, and the Anne Frank House. All good advice indeed, but I thought I would check out the Royal Palace Amsterdam (Koninklijk Paleis). After all, it...

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Spain's Capital Of Amor Is A Valentine's Secret (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 6:00 AM

While not everyone loves Valentine's Day, imagine jumping on a flight to Spain and spending February 14th transported to the Middle Ages. That's what it's like during Las Bodas de Isabel de Segura, a festival dedicated to celebrating the love between two 13th-century young lovers known as Los Amantes de...

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Spain's Most Anticipated Holiday For Children

(5) Comments | Posted January 5, 2013 | 9:20 AM

El Día de Los Reyes Magos (The Day of the Three Kings) is the most anticipated holiday of the year for Spanish children. Also known as Epiphany, it's celebrated 12 days after Christmas and marks the day Los Reyes Magos, the Three Kings from the East, brought gold and gifts...

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Spain's Buffet Of New Year's Celebrations

(2) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 6:00 AM

I recently asked a group of Spanish teenagers what they typically do on New Year´s Eve. The consensus seemed to be enjoying the evening at home with family then running off to be with their friends when the clock strikes twelve.

Even with the economic crisis looming over the country,...

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How to Spend Christmas in Spain

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2012 | 9:20 AM

Merry Christmas! Nothing quite compares to walking the streets of 5th Avenue in Manhattan or the Miracle Mile in Chicago at Christmas time. With a plethora of lights and ornaments adorning the grandiose trees, shopping centers filled with people gift-buying and the fancy celebrations, it's a magical time. So how...

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Lisbon In Three Hours And The Art Of Layover Tourism

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Landing at the Lisbon International Airport on my way back to America, I dreaded the dull five hour layover. I'd never been to Lisbon, and when I asked a few of the shop assistants if a quick trip to the center of town was feasible, they encouraged me to go....

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Zaragoza, Spain And The Fiestas Del Pilar

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Once an ancient Iberian, Roman and Moorish settlement, Zaragoza is the fifth largest city in Spain and it's an easy high-speed train ride from Madrid and Barcelona. The most important landmark is the Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, which is said to be the place where the Blessed Virgin...

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Teruel Is Spain's City Of Love

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Every city and village in Spain has a festival unique to them. During the summer months urban families journey back to their grandparents' pueblos to enjoy their free time. This is how it all began: a tiny blurb in a magazine detailing a festival that celebrates a 13th century legend...

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