Posts Tagged ‘Madrid’

The Best Wine Bars in Europe

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To many, their notion of a wine bar is a dimly-lit area where they can hang out with several friends late at night and sip good wine. Across Europe, more and more wine bars are coming out—but with a different, improved concept and design. Accentuating the place with whimsical art, classical design, and complementing the wine with fine cuisine, these different wine bars are setting a new trend.

All the way back in ancient Rome, wine bars from back then are depicted today by the mosaics that remain standing in Pompeii. And it is no wonder why wine bars have changed across time; experimentations in design and style have made wine bars last through time. In fact, according to Jennifer Simonetti Bryan, holding a Master of Wine, what wine bars have in common is “variety.” Having a good variety of wines in the menu is essential, as well as the ambience. To many, having food on the side is also a must.

Where to stay in Madrid

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During my visit in Spain I visited Barcelona and Ibiza, with a short break in Madrid.

Now I would like to tell you about my stay in Madrid, and if you plan also a travel there, please join me.

I was very short in Madrid, 1 day and night. The day was for visiting Museo del Prado, and the night for the Hotel AC Palacio del Retiro, which was recommended to me by friends. And I can recommend to you, as was spoiled there!

The hotel is located in the very centre of Madrid, and you can reach within 5 minutes walk Museo del Prado, Parque del Retiro, Puerta de Alcala, Puerta Del Sol, Reina Sofia Art Center and the Stock market.

The hotel itself is high class luxury *****. It has all modern top ammenities, combining this confort with its 1900 architecture. FABULUOS!

Madrid hotels

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Madrid is a fabulous part of the world. It offers something for everyone. Have kids? Madrid has great attractions for the kids. Love to shop and look at art? Then you’ll think you’re in heaven. And maybe a little morbid fun is good for everyone as you take part…well, watch anyway…in the bull fights.

What isn’t to love about Madrid? Absolutely nothing. Madrid is everything you want it to be. You want it to be a honeymoon? No problem. You want it to be a family vacation, it will be. You want it to be where you fall in love with your husband of forty years all over again? No wishful thinking needed.

25 Things you can do in Europe for free

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With the tough economy and unstable exchange rates, going for a holiday in Europe does not come cheap. If you are on a tight budget, every discount or freebie is a big help to stretch you travel money. Here are some of the best things to do in Europe for free:

Watch the sunset at Pliazzale Michelangelo in Florence, Italy

The Piazzale Michelangelo is just a few minutes away from the city center of Florence. The place provides a spectacular view that can be considered as one of the best in Italy. You will also see here one of the fake David’s in Florence. It is great to see this place during the day but it is a different experience when you get there before sunset and watch the sun go down the horizon.

Listen to the choir of Westminster Abbey in London

Madrid tours

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If you’re taking a trip to Madrid, then you will want to make sure that you get the most out of your vacation. After all, there’s nothing worse than going on vacation and feeling you didn’t see enough, learn enough or experience enough.

A great way to avoid that feeling is to take a tour. Don’t groan. Tours aren’t all that bad. They offer you a great experience, a wealth of knowledge you can’t get anywhere else and save you the frustration of having to navigate the area on your own.

Change your mind yet? If not, then it should. Why go on vacation if you’re going to end up stressed and frustrated? You can stay home for that. So when you go on vacation, consider one of the Madrid tours. They are definitely well worth it.

Madrid vacations

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If it’s possible, picture a place where past meets present. Where the flavor of a place is actually visible to all who visit. Picture a place that is friend to both young and old. If you can do all this, you have seen Madrid.

Top 5 City tours you should take by bus

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Going around a city on foot has always been a favorite pastime of budget travelers like you and me. Walking is a great way to be intimate with a city, learn its rhythm and feel its beat. Unfortunately, walking does get the best of us sometimes, especially if we’re lugging around a big backpack or easily flustered when we open a detailed city map.

A good alternative then to get to know a city would be to sign up for a city tour by bus which will take you to the popular spots in town including a handful of well kept secrets as well. Sure, you might have to spend an entire day with a busload of strangers, but if you look on the bright side, this is also a great way of making new friends along the way. But which cities are the most ideal ones to be seen through the window of a bus and which cities should be saved for meanderings?

Best and Worst Airports Where You Can Find a Date

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Thinking of finding that special someone but tired of going to regular places where you can meet people? Perhaps you can start trying at airports. For a place that supposedly connects one place to another, airports can also bring two people together. Instead of boring yourself waiting in that lounge for your plane, why not strike a conversation with that interesting-looking traveler? Maybe you are bound for the same direction, perhaps even sharing the same flight. All the better—you can continue your friendship in that foreign country the two of you will be visiting. And what better way to get to know someone that by being strangers in a foreign country?