Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Madrid Travel Guide

"De Madrid al cielo, y en el cielo, un agujerito para verlo"

Madrid, Spain

After London, we visited Madrid.  No trip to Spain is complete without visiting Madrid.  We spent 5 days in which we did a little bit of every thing.  We visited the museums, went to a flamenco show, enjoyed a soccer game, shopped at Salamanca district and of course we ate and drank a lot. 

Located in the heart of Spain, Madrid is a vibrant city with beautiful architecture, captivating history and a mix of old and modern Spain. 

There are many attractions and sights that are located pretty close to each other.  Walking around is the best way to enjoy and explore the city.  Our days in Madrid felt like a break and as is said "when in Rome do as the romans" we took naps in the middle of the afternoon and had late dinners. 

This are favorites in Madrid: 
The classics
In my opinion, this are the most emblematic and iconic sites in the city: Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Puerta de Alcalá, Catedral de Almudena, Retiro Park and Palacio Real.   Places full of history and must seen attractions of the city.

The museums
Madrid has 3 top museums: Prado Museum, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza.   They are very different in terms of art but for sure one of them will fits your taste.  You can see the European masters like Velazquez, Picasso, Miró, Dalí, Rembrant and also a big collection of modern art.  

The Food 
It seems that food is always a centric part of our trips.  Spain has a rich food culture.  It's an awesome place to travel if you are a foodie or just enjoy to try something different.   Madrid has a lot of variety of places that can accommodate any budget and taste.  

I highly recommend to go for tapas.  Grab a beer  or "caña" at a bar while you enjoy your free tapa and repeat.  Don't miss the opportunity to try jamón serrano de bellota, croquetas (A favorite since I am a kid), churros, patatas bravas, huevos rotos or tortilla de patata.   You can find it all under one roof at Mercado San Miguel.  This historic market is perfect to sample the Spanish cuisine.

Madrid, Spain

Madrid, Spain

Madrid, SpainMadrid, Spain

Madrid, Spain

Thursday, February 11, 2016

What I Read in January

"The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you"   W. Somerset Maugham

Last year I took part in a reading challenge with some friends in which there were 52 different categories to read though the year.  Although I didn't read the 52, I am happy that at least I read more books than the year before.  This year I won't intend to achieve a number, instead I will read books that I love.  

The royal we by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (2)
This book is a fictional tale inspired by Kate Middleton and Prince William.   The book includes interesting details about the royal life, besides that it isn't funny.  It has a boring plot, stereotypical characters and a lot of drama.  I really wish I have not wasted my time on it.  

What she knew by Gilly Macmillan (4)
A really good thriller that takes place in Bristol, England.  A 8 year old boy, Ben, got lost while hiking with his mom.  The book covers 9 days after his disappearance and how difficult and stressing this time was for the family and the police.   Although it was a bit sad,  it's a very well written page turner.  

Other books I recommend:
La catedral del mar (Cathedral of the sea). Ildefonso Falcones    Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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