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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...

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...

The Old Quarter of Segovia

on May 3, 2013 in Sights | 0 comments

A visit to the old quarter of Segovia is a must if you come to Spain.  The Roman aqueduct, the Cathedral, and the Alcázar Fortress are just a few of the World Heritage Sites that you can visit inside the old city walls.  There are so many important sites in Segovia that I would probably need more than a hundred posts to cover the entire city.  In this post in particular I tried to take some pictures in general of the main sites around the old quarter of Segovia.  Think of this post as what you can see in one quick day if you stop by Segovia. When you arrive to the main entrance of the historic quarter of Segovia you first encounter the Roman aqueduct.  It was built during the Roman Empire more than two thousand years ago.  It is a magnificent piece of engineering that until very recently it was still working and providing with water the elevated part of the city.  During the Roman...

The Church of San Nicolás de los Servitas

on Dec 3, 2012 in Art, Sights | 0 comments

Right in the middle of medieval Madrid is located the oldest church in the city: The Church of San Nicolás de los Servitas (or Church of San Nicolas de Bari).  The Bell-Tower is what interest people the most, since it was built on top of an Arab minaret of an old Muslim mosque.  If you look carefully at the top of the tower you can notice that there were several architectural styles and the lower part is of a Moorish descent.  This site is definitely for old-architectural lovers or history connoisseurs.  I also enjoy arriving to the church and walking through its tight and old-fashion streets.  The streets surrounding the church are excellent for writers and photographers looking for interesting stories…                                      ...