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Sunday, 15 april 2012 | Menorca, New York Times


Recommended article about Menorca at the New York Times

We want to recommend the following article about Menorca published at the New York Times: "Off the Coast of Spain, a Tranquil Biosphere Reserve", by Sarah Wildman.

An excerpt about Menorca's culture:

But there is also a cultural dimension to Minorca’s ecosystem. The island isn’t Spanish exactly, nor simply Catalan (though Menorquin, a dialect of Catalan, is the lingua franca). This pocket of old Mediterranean culture was shaped by an array of colonizers — Romans, North Africans, Spanish and, for a brief period, the Turkish. Then the island was passed back and forth for 200 years between the Spanish, the British and the French, until finally the Spanish claimed the island for good. Architecturally, the result is a legacy that includes Art Nouveau, Gothic, Baroque and even Georgian styles. Cuisine ranges from a modified version of meat pies and gin (à la England) to the potato-and-egg tortilla of Spain, to good old mayonnaise — ostensibly a twist on a local sauce championed by the Duke of Richelieu when the French (briefly) conquered Mahon.
And, of course, we also want to recommend you to visit Menorca.

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