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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...

The Royal Spanish Golf Federation’s National Centre

on Jul 2, 2013 in Sights | 1 comment

The Royal Spanish Golf Federation’s National Centre (better known in Spanish for: Centro Nacional de la Real Federacion Española de Golf) is located within the city limits of Madrid and it has a challenging urban and public 18-hole golf course.  You can get there easily either by subway, bus (two bus-stops near by, 67 & 82) or car (20 Euros taxi-fare from Madrid center) which makes it a unique golf-site in Europe. One of the great things about Madrid is that it has more than 300 days of sun every year, therefore Golf is an excellent game to practice in the city.  In this first post on Golf courses, I wanted to show you the Royal Spanish Golf Federation’s National Centre because it’s a site that has everything you need to practice and improve your game.  You not only have a great 18-hole golf course but a large shooting range, putting greens, school with great teachers,...

Royal Botanical Garden

on Jun 6, 2013 in Art, Sights | 2 comments

The Royal Botanical Garden in Madrid is an official investigation center that is also open to the public so we can enjoy and learn more about the plant world.  There is a small admission fee but there are many exceptions (ex. children and senior citizen go in for free) and reduced rates, please check their official site before you go.  The garden is open most of the time during the year but the opening times vary depending on the season. El Real Jardin Botanico (or the Royal Botanical Garden in English)  is located at a very touristic area of downtown Madrid.  You have other famous touristic sites right next to the Gardens, such as the Retiro Park and the Prado Museum.  These other sites are within walking distance (5min.) to the Royal Botanical Garden (RBG).  The entrance at the Plaza Murillo square is the one used for the general public and is right next to the Prado Museum Murillo...

Meson de Candido Restaurant

on May 22, 2013 in Eat and Drink | 2 comments

Meson de Candido restaurant is the most famous place to eat roasted suckling pig in downtown Segovia and its fame is well deserved.  This bicentennial establishment is located next to the magnificent Roman Aqueduct in the Azoguejo Square.  The actual old-style Castilian house is a formal monument building of the royal city of Segovia.  Meson de Candido offers a traditional Segovian cuisine experience that you will never forget. When you order the roasted suckling pig, at the table at the time of serving your dish, there will be a very interesting small ceremony.  First, Mr. A. Candido (the son of the original chef and innkeeper, Candido) will deliver a speech and then he will cut the pig with a plate.  I will not tell you more details of the ceremony so I do not spoil the surprise.  Even though the most popular dish is the roasted suckling pig, I will also encourage you to try: the...