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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...

Moraira Town

on Jul 17, 2013 in Sights | 0 comments

Moraira Town is a cozy beach village located in the providence of Alicante, in between Valencia and Alicante capitals.  It’s a bit closer to Alicante and is fairly quick to get there by car (about 40 minutes).  I was recently there for an afternoon and I was gladly surprised of how nice and chill this little coastal town is.  Moraira is part of a larger municipality called Teulada and it also has another downtown area inland that is quite charming. Moraira would be an ideal place to get some relaxing vacations with family or without.  I do not see it as a party town for youngsters but that does not mean that there aren’t great bars and things to do to party in Moraira.  I would definitely retire in a town like Moraira, he,he,he…  It has several sandy beaches but the closest to the town is L´Ampolla beach.  L´Ampolla is the ultimate family beach and it’s within walking...

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...

Plaza Mayor Square – Madrid

on Mar 21, 2013 in Art, Sights | 4 comments

Plaza Mayor Square is located in downtown Madrid and it’s a major symbol for the city and worthwhile taking a look.  Walking around the square and appreciating its architecture will probably take you 10 minutes.  There are some old and traditional bars and restaurants within the square but they take advantage of their location and charge high prices.  During the year there are many events celebrated inside the square so you might encounter a traditional market or another good surprise when you stop by the square. Plaza Mayor was constructed in the beginning of the 17th century during the Baroque artistic period in Spain.  It has a rectangular shape and arcades placed around the square.  In the middle of the square stands an equestrian statute of King Felipe III, who ordered the construction of the site.  There is a building that stands out like: “La Casa de la Panaderia” (The...