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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. Olga, thanks so much for this post. I’m going to forward it to Irishman. We’ve talked about visiting Sitges and this hotel certainly inspires a visit. Fabulous art and sculpture, perfect

    1. Thanks, Lottie. I’m sure you’d both love it there. It is a fabulous place (you can visit also Cau Ferrat, where Santiago Rusiñol lived and worked for many years. It is very well preserved and it is easy to see how inspiring he found it and what a great influence it had on his work and that of many other modernist painters). I have no talent for visual art and even I felt inspired! Good luck with the new house! I look forward to learning more about your new project. 🙂

  2. Great to see the lovely hotel, Olga. I never got to Sitges, though I have been to Figueres and Roses, in my teens. We drove down from Perpignan in France, where we were staying at the time. It was in 1967, a lifetime ago! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. Lovely places as well. I haven’t to Figueres in years but fancy visiting Dali’s museum again soon. Have a fabulous week!

  3. dgkaye says:

    Thanks for sharing Olga. The closest I’ve got to Spain, lol. Loved the photos, and wondering how Microsoft asked if you wanted to make a video from your photos? I’d like to do that with some of mine. 🙂 x

    1. Thanks, Debby. I hope you get to visit at some point. The Microsoft thing was a bit bizarre. It is probably something to do with their newest update, but when I plugged my phone into the computer to upload the pictures it located the new photos and it usually gives you a chance to make a slide-type of presentation, but this time it mentioned a video. I hadn’t thought about it, but realised that it was a good way to get many more pictures into one post, so I agreed. It just created a video with some music that I didn’t care for, but it gave me the option of changing it, so I did. The only issue was that although I normally use Movie Maker, and that allows you to change things around, once it was saved and I uploaded it to YouTube, you don’t have many options for changing or removing images. You can change the information attached to the video easily enough, but so far you have to either remove the video or enhance it, but not edit the images (there are other options for software, but it didn’t seem worth it here).
      Movie Maker is pretty easy to use (it has to be if I can manage it!), and it just works as if you were making a powerpoint presentation. You can add titles or pictures and then introduce fancy effects if you want. But this was fast and required no work at all…
      Have a great week.

      1. dgkaye says:

        Thanks so much for explaining the process Olga. Possibly it was from a new update. And quite possibly I never noticed the option because I don’t download photos from my phone, I just send them over to a folder direct through my phone so maybe that’s what’s different too. Thanks for this. <3 And happy week to you too. 🙂

        1. 🙂

  4. Sitges is a place I have visited many times, Olga. The last time was in 2011, but in my younger days it was the place to party, so we were usually there the first two weeks in Sept every year. We usually stayed at the Calipolis. I don’t remember Hotel Estela, but we may have well passed it by when out and about in the town.

    1. Thanks, Hugh. Oh, yes, it was and still is a place to party. This hotel is a bit out of the way and not right in the town centre. It is at the very edge of the Port d’Aiguadolça. Don’t forget to let me know if you come by for a visit! 😉

      1. Good to hear it’s still a party town, Olga. These days, however, I’m much happier being in bed by 10pm and getting a good night’s sleep. I’ll certainly let you know if we do visit Sitges again. I’ve lots of happy memories of the town.

        1. Thanks, Hugh. I know the feeling all too well. I’ve never been one for going off to sleep early but I prefer quiet evenings in reading a good book or watching some movie… Oh well… But please, do make sure to let me know. ♥

  5. We’ve never been to Spain, but this hotel surrounds you with art! I guess we’ll be putting it on our list!

    1. Thanks, Noelle. It is a great experience for art lovers. I hope you get to visit and enjoy. 🙂

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