My Favorite Foods of Europe

Yummy Stroopwafels

To travel is to taste the world. And Europe presents a particularly eclectic hotchpotch of flavours. From the strange to the sublime, I’ve sampled various dishes and foodstuffs throughout my jaunts across the continent and here (in no particular order) are some of my personal favourites: Gran Canaria Though the Atlantic archipelago presents a popular European mix of English, German and Italian ... Read Full Article

Three Art-filled Days in Madrid

Palacio Real

According to Paulo Coelho, “a city is like a capricious woman: she takes time to be seduced and to reveal herself completely,” which is an apt springboard of thought for Spain’s capital city – and magnificent matriarch - Madrid. As far as European cities go – Madrid arguably has it all. Cosmopolitan, cultured and swimming in a sea of history unaltered by the tides of time, Madrid is a myriad of ... Read Full Article

A Visit to Lavapies, Madrid’s Most Diverse and Revolutionary Neighbourhood

Lavapies

While the rest of her country huddled around television sets to watch their national football team become the most successful of all time, Montserrat was sitting in a dark room in Madrid, with a 53-year old ex-Flamenco dancer, smoking hash. “Damn football,” she said. “It’s just another way to make us forget how screwed up our country is.” I met Montse last year in Colombia, where we were ... Read Full Article

A Weekend in Madrid

The Palacio de Cristal in the Parque del Buen Retiro

While there is so much to see and do in Spain's dynamic capital city of Madrid, lets get focused on just a few suggestions for spending a relaxing, sunny weekend in this city of 3.3 million people (6.5 mil. metro Madrid.) Parque del Buen Retiro Madrid, with one of the best urban park systems in Europe, takes great pride in its largest park, Parque del Buen Retiro, which spans 350 acres of ... Read Full Article

Where to Stay in Madrid: Editor’s Picks

The Westin Palace

Madrid, the capital of and largest city in Spain, offers travelers a myriad of hotel options when choosing where to stay. Organized by star rankings, our hotel recommendations are handpicked from five-star hotels to budget hotels and B&Bs. We chose hotels that are close to the most important sights and have given special attention to hotels offering modern amenities, such as high speed WiFi. ... Read Full Article

Real Madrid Stadium and Tour

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Real Madrid is arguably the most famous football club in the world. With nine European Cups and thirty-one domestic championships, the club is among the most decorated in Europe. At its 85,000-seat ground, the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid have an entire museum devoted to the awards, trophies and heroes of the club. Given the dramatic history associated with the club, particularly from ... Read Full Article

Getting Around Madrid on the Cheap

Plaza_Mayor_de_Madrid_

Though wandering around the streets of Madrid is a great way to see the city, be sure to take advantage of the fantastic public transportation system in the capital. Getting to Madrid From the Airport Madrid Barajas International Airport connects to the city by Metro line 8 and by Cercanias commuter train line C-1. The fastest, and least expensive way, to access the city center from the ... Read Full Article

Munching Your Way Through Madrid’s Vibrant Food Scene

Menu at La Casa del Abuelo

Any trip to Madrid could quickly become food-centric, as one visits Madrid's vibrant food scene at the markets, taverns, restaurants, and bars; sampling the best that Spain’s capital city has to offer. One might as well begin with the Mercado de San Miguel , the city’s main market, located near the Plaza Mayor.  Declared a Spanish Property of Cultural Interest, the market is frequented by ... Read Full Article

Dormirdcine: a Cinematic Hotel in Madrid’s Salamanca District

All you need is love at Dormirdcine

Newly opened in June 2010, Dormirdcine is a unique, designer boutique hotel that doesn't come with a designer price. Considering its location in the posh area of Salamanca, Madrid as well as the unique room décor and the overall cool ambiance, rates are very reasonable - starting as low as 79 euro a night. The hotel is an easy five minute walk from the Diego de Leon metro stop, which links the ... Read Full Article

The Thyssen Bornemisza and Reina Sofia Museums in Madrid’s Golden Triangle of Art

Sabatani building Reina Sofia

Earlier, I wrote about the Prado Museum in Madrid's Golden Triangle of Art.  The Thyssen Bornemisza and the Reina Sofia Museums complete the triangle. Thyssen Bornemisza Museum Across the Paseo del Prado from the Prado Museum, a short walk past colorful flower beds takes you to the Thyssen Bornemisza, a museum that opened in 1992 in a former palace. The spacious, light-filled galleries hold ... Read Full Article