"(Spain) is so different from the United States. It seemed to have a history, and the buildings are years and years and years old. Here in the United States an old building is about 17 (years old), and over there it's from 500 B.C., it's incredible," said Paltrow.
"Also, the way people live over there. They seem to enjoy life a little bit more. They aren't running around as much as in New York. They enjoy time with the family. They don't always have their BlackBerries on."
Paltrow has been visiting Spain regularly since she was 15, but recently spent time touring the country and its cuisine with NYC celebrity chef Mario Batali, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman and Spanish actress Claudia Bassols filming "Spain ... on the Road Again" for PBS.
Someone -- her publicist, maybe -- should explain to Gwyneth that when you eat your way across a country with a camera crew in tow, the people you dine with are probably going to be more at ease and not burying their heads in their Blackberries.
This isn't the fist time the Paltrow has turned on her homeland, In fact, the actress has a long history of America bashing.
"I love the English lifestyle, it's not as capitalistic as America. People don't talk about work and money, they talk about interesting things at dinner," Paltrow said in a 2006 interview with NS, the weekend magazine supplement of daily Portuguese newspaper Diario de Noticias. "I like living here because I don't fit into the bad side of American psychology. The British are much more intelligent and civilized than the Americans."
Following the uproar that ensued, she made a plea to her fellow Americans.
"First of all I feel so lucky to be American. When you look at the rest of the world, we're so lucky," she told People magazine. "I feel so proud to be American... I felt so upset to be completely misconstrued, and I never, ever would have said that."
Except you did, Gwyneth. Repeatedly.