Fantastic day biking around Madrid | Madrid, Spain | The best decision take was to rent a public bicycle by BiciMAD and biked all over Madrid. The bikes are fantastic and electrically motorized, if you choose to use that feature. Great for a city like Madrid, with so many hills. Let early from the station locate right next to my hotel, the iconic Hotel Ritz by Belmond. A fantastic way to explore the city, at your own pace, having access to places and landmarks in a completely different way, which happen to be a marvelous day. The process is easy, just get your BiciMAD Card, get some credit and start biking. First stop was Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Almudena Cathedral, Royal Palace and Plaza España. Continue reading Fantastic day biking around Madrid
Some of my favorite Gourmet experience in Madrid | Madrid, Spain | I have been to Madrid countless times, and I even lived there for over two years. So each time I visit, it is recreating favorite gourmet experiences which include the high and lows. I always say, that my style of travel is as follows “… A backpacker during the day, exploring the city with no limits, and at night as a king, enjoying the luxury and sophistication…”. Here my list of favorite Gourmet experiences in Madrid, after my recent 72 hours stay over New Year. Continue reading Some of my favorite Gourmet experiences in Madrid
Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona | Barcelona, Spain | If you are on a the search for an iconic hotel in Barcelona, complimented by premium location and personalized service, Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona is the right option. 90-year-old history in excellence. The hotel is located in the middle of Paseo de Gracia, -right in the heart of the city- and close to Gaudi’s buildings, Sagrada Familia, restaurants, exclusive shopping facilities and Barcelona’s most important historic tourist sites. The hotel is located in a historical building and therefore all rooms are unique. I spent literarly 48 hours in Barcelona, and Majestic Hotel was the perfect headquarter for my brief visit. Continue reading Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona
Sagrada Familia inside out | Barcelona, Spain | This was not my first time in Barcelona, but yes indeed the first time spending almost two hours exploring inside-out, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sagrada Familia. Right after my Facades and Architecture walk/tour along Paseo de Gracia and Av. Diagonal, I arrived right to Sagrada Familia, considered by many as the most famous landmark of Barcelona. Designed meticulously by the great architect Antoni Gaudí. This work of art has taken over 100 years to build and contains the finest architecture in the city. Construction continues and they estimate will come to full completion by 2026. Continue reading Sagrada Familia inside out
My AVE Speed Train journey from Madrid to Barcelona | Spain | One I had to decide whether to fly or take the speed train from Madrid to Barcelona, the answer came to me right away. What did I take into consideration ? well time, comfort, price and hassle. As you might know by now, if you follow me, I am a huge fan of trains. I try to take them anywhere and everywhere around the world, either if it is for a few hours or even overnight or for an entire week. Here you can read more on my global train experiences. Continue reading My AVE Speed Train journey from Madrid to Barcelona
Exploring the Modernist facades and architecture of Barcelona | Barcelona, Spain | A morning exploring the Modernist facades, architecture and interior design of iconic on and off the beaten path of Barcelona by friends and colleagues at Rainbow Barcelona. From my hotel the Majestic Hotel & Spa all the way to Sagrada Familia by Paseo de Gracia and the Diagonal. A path I could have done by taxi or metro, I chose by their expert advise to do walking. Paying attention to unknown facts and details, I would have totally missed, if it would have been by their local perspective. From the classics Gaudi houses of La Pedrera and Casa Batlló, the tiles I was walking on at Paseo de Gracia, which were also designed by Gaudi, the best known practitioner of Catalan Modernism, to the interior designs of private residential buildings. Continue reading Exploring the Modernist facades and architecture of Barcelona
My stay at the iconic Hotel Ritz by Belmond | Madrid, Spain | Over a week ago, I had the opportunity to spend four days at this uber iconic hotel. A baroque palace in the heart of Madrid’s ‘Golden Triangle’, Hotel Ritz by Belmond is the quintessential experience of a traditional luxury hotel, rare this days on its kind, that has managed and learnt how to remain relevant and appealing throughout time. The moment you walk through the revolving doors, a air of sophistication and royal heritage welcomes you, in the most friendly approach. Continue reading My stay at the iconic Hotel Ritz by Belmond
Afternoon Tea in London | London, England | The search for the ultimate Afternoon Tea experience in London continues, and each time I visit, I book a few new options. This time, during my visit for New Years Eve, I lined up two venues, both located at iconic hotels of London, as the Claridge’s in Mayfair and The Berkeley in Knightsbridge. Continue reading Afternoon Tea in London
24 Hours of Barcelona Gourmet | Barcelona, Spain | During my recent and brief visit to Barcelona, community of Catalunya, I managed to find some time to spend enjoying the outstanding cuisine, and also I scouted a few MUSTS for my next visit. I must say that this time, these were not my findings, but the expert suggestions of my friend and colleague Barcelona connoisseur Sònia Graupera. As I often joke with her, all this venues are Graupix Approved. Continue reading 24 Hours of Barcelona Gourmet
The Old City of Jaffa or YAFO | Tel Aviv, Israel | Jaffa or Yafo in Hebrew, is the southern, oldest part of Tel Aviv, an ancient port city in Israel. The most ancient remnants that were discovered in Jaffa, were from the Bronze Age, the Period of Egyptian Rule. I spent a morning walking around, and an evening enjoying the cool sea breeze and the tree gardens. Jaffa is famous for its association with the biblical stories of Solomon, Jonah, and Saint Peter.
Only a few minutes away from the epicenter of Tel Aviv, along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Offering stunning views of Tel Aviv. MUST is to get lost walking around the Zodiac Alleys, a maze of restored alleys leading to the harbor. The St. Peter’s Church, off Kedumim Square. The flea market have revealed walls and water conduits dating to the Iron Age, Hellenistic period, early Islamic period, Crusader period and Ottoman era. The Jaffa clock-tower.
And my favorite, the museum, atelier and private home of renown Israeli artist Iliana Goor. For the first time in Israel, you have the opportunity to admire works of art from the point of view of the artist/collector rather than as exhibits in a sterile academic environment.The Ilana Goor Museum is located in an 18th century building surrounded by the breathtaking landscape of the shoreline of Tel Aviv and the Old Jaffa City. Fascinating historical events are ensconced within the Museum’s walls dating back to 280 years ago, when the building served as the first Jewish Inn for pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem.
Ready for a lunch or dinner (as we did). Stop by the Abrage Restaurant, situated at the picturesque ancient 6th square adjacent to St Peters church. Located in a historical building 100 years old Abrage is glorified with an Attomanic aroma that comes deep from within the exposed stone walls and Turquoise arches that characterize this venue.
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