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The Literary Quarter

on Oct 25, 2013 in Sights | 1 comment

The Literary Quarter is a neighborhood located downtown Madrid where great Spanish writers once lived. Nowadays, it’s a quarter full of life; where bohemia, culture, history, gastronomy and party blends together. The Literary Quarter has a privileged location in Madrid and it’s surrounded by major arteries of the city such as Calle de Atocha, Carrera de San Jeronimo and Plaza de las Cortes Square.  All three major Madrilian Museums: Thyssen-Bornemisza, Reina Sofia and the Prado, are within the limits of the Literary Quarter.  It is almost impossible to visit Madrid and not walk by the quarter due to its location. The neighborhood has many walk-only streets and big squares with plenty of sitting areas.  One of the most famous squares is Plaza Santa Ana, which at nighttime is one of the great meeting points to start the party in Madrid.  Around the small streets of the quarter you...

Ten con Ten Restaurant

on Sep 26, 2013 in Eat and Drink | 0 comments

Ten con Ten Restaurant is a trendy and delicious place to eat at with a modern decoration and a lively ambiance.  Ten con Ten is located on a popular street in the Barrio Salamanca district (Ayala Street, 6) and a few steps away from La Castellana street.  I enjoy going there after work for a drink and a quick bite.  The food is kind of modern Spanish cuisine or continental fusion.  The dishes are made with lots of passion and attention to flavors and looks.  Ten con Ten does not have a formal dress code, but I would advise you to dress business casual or put on your latest fashion clothes, he,he,he… Once you step into the restaurant you see a modern area with a rectangular bar, some high chair sitting tables and a more casual place to drink and share some dishes.  However, if you continue to walk through, you will get to a more formal dining area with regular tables and comfortable...

San Sebastian or Donostia

on Aug 23, 2013 in Sights | 4 comments

San Sebastian or Donostia in Basque language, is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain.  It´s not only me saying it, there are many travel reviews from around the world (New York Times, The Guardian, etc) that agree with my view.  San Sebastian is a mid-size city (close to 200k people) located in the north of Spain and close to France.  San Sebastian is the capital of the Spanish province of Gipuzkoa, which is one of the three provinces that form the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country.  Donostia has many things to offer to its visitors but what I enjoy the most is: its food, its architecture and cultural activities.  I will be going back to San Sebastian with my camera and try to capture in detail other sites and experiences of this wonderful city. The best way to get there is to travel by plain but the city airport is a bit far and few expensive daily routes connect you to...

Capricho Park

on Aug 16, 2013 in Sights | 0 comments

Capricho Park is the most romantic park in Madrid.  It is not so popular with the tourists but well-known among the locals.  Capricho (Whim or caprice in English) Park is located outside Madrid Capital; you can either get there by Subway (Metro-Stop: El Capricho) or a 15 Euros taxi drive from downtown Madrid.  Click here to get more details about the park and its history from the official tourism-site of Madrid. Capricho Park has lots of rules in order to access the premises, but this is the price we have to pay in order to preserve the beauty of the Park. The park is only open during weekends and holidays, but the good news is that it is free to enter (nothing to pay).  Food and beverages are not allowed in the park nor bicycles, balls or games.  I would not suggest this park to practice sports, on the other hand it is the perfect place to relax, take a stroll, or listen to your inner...

Circulo de Bellas Artes

on Jul 10, 2013 in Art, Eat and Drink, Sights | 1 comment

The Circulo de Bellas Artes (CBA) is a private cultural non-profit organization located in Madrid and founded in 1880.  Nowadays, CBA is hosted at a beautiful building designed by architect Antonio Palacios and constructed in 1926.  There are many cultural and fun things to do and see inside its premises.  There is a small fee to pay (1 or 3 Euros) to gain access to the building, its exhibitions, restaurant and amazing rooftop terrace. The Circulo de Bellas Artes has many exhibition rooms and halls that everyday present to its members and the general public excellent material.  CBA is a major multidisciplinary centre with one of the most active cultural programs in Madrid.  Furthermore, CBA develops activities ranging from fine arts to literature including science, philosophy, film and performing arts. Apart from all the variety of exhibitions happening everyday, I would urge to visit...