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Drink in Madrid

Drink in Madrid

By JudithKlinger | November 19, 2019

There are wine bars everywhere. Spanish wine is very good. White. Rose. Red. All good. Trust your waiter. Drink the house wine. Craft beer is everywhere. The bottled water isn’t salty like it is in Barcelona. But you’re here to drink vermut. Also known as vermouth and elixir of the gods. It comes on tap…

Do Stuff in Madrid

Doing Stuff in Madrid

By JudithKlinger | November 19, 2019

Walk. Walk a lot. Look up. Marvel at the buildings. Antigua Casa Crespo, The Espadrille Store: It looked closed forever when we were there, but Google says its still open. Allegedly the oldest espadrille store in Madrid.  **Update: It IS open. Push thru what looks like a window, which is really a door, and you…

Eat in Madrid

Eat in Madrid

By JudithKlinger | November 14, 2019

In General: Slow down your day. Dinner is late, kicking into gear around 21:00 (9:00 pm). Most restaurants seem to shut down around midnight. Breakfast is also late: God forbid you want a coffee at 7:30 or 8:00.  Coffee is not my style at all….Americano style (i.e. weak and thin) with hot milk. Churros (fried, extruded…

Paella Valencia

Eat in Valencia

By JudithKlinger | November 14, 2019

You are by sea! Eat fish! Live longer! Then have some paella! El Rall Set in a picturesque square, with fair prices and good, fresh food, its no wonder the locals like to eat here. Seems like they even have apartments to rent, so you never are far from a glass of wine or some…

Vermouth in Valencia

Drink in Valencia

By JudithKlinger | November 14, 2019

Explore the local white wine varietals. Be brave. Taste varietals you won’t taste anywhere else. Look for Merseguera, Malvasia, Pedro Ximenez, or Macebo. Although you can certainly find and enjoy a good Chardonnay, Semillon, or my absolute least favorite: Sauvignon Blanc.  Life is more fun when you taste the local stuff. If your feeling really…

Valencia Spain

Sleep in Valencia

By JudithKlinger | November 14, 2019

We are open to suggestions! Where you do not want to stay: Hotel Lotelito. Location was great and that’s the nicest thing I can say. Stressed and depressed people working the reception desk. A room so small, we had to negotiate who could walk around the bed. Not even a closet or drawer for your…