Fantastic day biking around Madrid

A day biking around MadridFantastic 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 experiences in Madrid

Some of my favorite Gourmet experience in MadridSome 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

My AVE Speed Train journey from Madrid to Barcelona

My AVE Speed Train journey from Madrid to BarcelonaMy 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

My stay at the iconic Hotel Ritz by Belmond

Ritz Hotel by BelmondMy 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

New York Gay Pride March 2011

New York Gay Pride March 2011 |  New York City |  This year more than ever, New York City celebrated its annual Gay Pride March that runs along 5th. Avenue from 36th. Street to the West Village. The main topic this year was of course the Same Sex Marriage bill approved hours before the March. This year, like I have done in Spain (Madrid) and Belgium (Antwerp), I got a March Media Pass, and here I brought to you the Pride March seen from within, documented with photos and videos. Continue reading New York Gay Pride March 2011

Carlos Melia on SHANGAY Magazine Spain

Carlos Melia on SHANGAY Magazine Spain • ( Madrid, Spain ) The most renown LGBT magazine of Spain has interviewed Carlos Melia, and featured our work promoting BUENOS AIRES DIVERSA. For this I made a photo session at their offices in Madrid. The small pictures are (top photo) Press Conference in Madrid. Lic. Carlos Gutierrez – Executive Director of Tourism Office Buenos Aires, and Carlos Melia. (bottom photo) Press Conference in Barcelona. Lic. Carlos Gutierrez – Executive Director of Tourism Office Buenos Aires, Juan Julia – Director of AXEL Hotels and Carlos Melia.

(*) Special Thanks to Alfonso Llopart – Editor of SHANGAY Magazine, for his friendship, assistance and press coverage over all. SHANGAY Magazine ( )

My fabulous week in Paris

My fabulous week in Paris by Carlos Melia • I have spent an amazing week in Paris, after also a great time in Zurich, Madrid and Barcelona. It was the first time, after several times visiting Paris, that I was able to really enjoy this wonderful city, explore the neighborhoods, interact and socialize with the locals. I was there on duty for the Tourism Office of Buenos Aires promoting ” Buenos Aires Diversa ” ( LGBT ). For this we did Press Conferences and Press Dinners all over Europe and in Paris in particular at the George Restaurant at the Centre Pompidou.

I invite you all to follow my posts about Paris by clicking Paris by Carlos Melia. There you will access to all my posts on this wonderful city, the restaurants I tried, the hotels, and the attractions in general. Hope you all enjoy it.

You may also check all my photos on Paris online at my Facebook Profile and comments on them and leave your feedback. Paris by Carlos Melia Photo Album.
(*) Special thanks to Clark Massad – Ambassador of the IGLTA for Europe and Denis Pirouelle – Chef Concierge Hotel Astor Saint Honore. You made a huge difference to my visit of Paris and my work while there. CM

El Armario Restaurant

El Armario Restaurant  | Madrid, Spain | A casual but intimate and stylish restaurant that with a 3 Steps of very generous dishes, fixed Menu of Euros 20 plus beverages. Service is not the best around, but hey very reasonable and fast. Food is very tasteful with interesting combinations. At the end do not forget to claim you CHUPITOS. ( local shots of alcohol, traditional at almost every restaurant in Madrid. ) Continue reading El Armario Restaurant

Gay Pride Weekend & Parade in MADRID

Gay Pride Weekend & Parade in MADRID  | Madrid, Spain | For all of you my dear friends and readers, here is the Photo Album I made of the Gay Pride Parade in MADRID, which took place yesterday Saturday 03rd. July. Check out the full Photo Album MADRID Gay Pride Parade Continue reading Gay Pride Weekend & Parade in MADRID

IBERIA Buenos Aires/Madrid something is missing in my seat

The minute I stepped on the plane I realized, this was going to be a VERY long flight. Come on IBERIA, member of the Alliance OneWorld blah blah blah…. where are the individual entertainment system/screens on your A-340/600? .

Seriously, do you expect me/us to spend over 12 hours watching a screen located 8 rows ahead, to in the end find out that the movie being broadcasted is “Alice in Wonderland “…. really. Then where are my 3D glasses.!!!!!! ha ha ha.

So I decided to look out the window, till the sun came down. Thank God I had my 2 sleeping pills (that are my travel buddies) and my Google Nexus One phone with a whole variety of podcasts, and yes including my beloved Suze Orman.  Of course, this was the curse to the flight attendants, whom aparently do not understand yet the concept of Airport Mode, therfore they kept asking me over and over to turn it off for the whole lenght of the flight. Paraphrasing you, dear Suze, any future long haul flights with IBERIA under Airbus A-340/600 are overrated and DENIED. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends


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