Madrid is the capitol of Spain and is a wonderful city to walk, sites, eat food and drink wine. Tapas are the specialty for lunch and snacks before dinner. These are small portion plates that can be shared. Order several and try many new or old favorites from Spain. We order several tapas and some wine or sangria and make it a meal. For breakfast there are many options but a national favorite is churros dipped in melted chocolate. How can you say “No” to this?
When flying into Madrid’s airport remember there is the metro and the Renfe trains (c1, c10, etc). They are two different systems with different entrances and fees. If the metro does not go close to your hotel, try the Renfe lines.
Come wander around the small streets of Madrid, museums, the Palace, the Botanical Gardens and so much more:
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Europe has such small and romantic streets. They are lined with stores and restaurants and yes peddlers. Some are so narrow you can only get a very small car through. George was following a friend in Italy and came to a very narrow passage. He had to back up and go another way. If he continued he would have been wedged between two walls with no way out. These streets can be cobble stones or paved, tiles or stairs (as in Positano) but they all offer an adventure. Walk them, meet some people, eat in the non touristy restaurants with the locals and shop in the small non touristy shops.
Smart phones are amazing as guides. We use our iPhone GPS in walk mode to find our way out of a maze and back to a known area or our hotel. If you familiarize yourself with a city map and place major monuments on it, you will not get lost. Your smart phone can help you in a pinch. The European Metro’s (subways) are safe and easy to use. There are Metro apps for your smartphones on most major cities. Some of them let you enter a destination and they know where you currently are. They can then show you where the nearest Metro stop is and which trains to take to get to your destination.
What did we do before smartphones?
George & Jo Anne
We recently stayed at an apartment in Paris. We had two couples and wanted to stay somewhere with room for two couples (2 bedrooms & 2 Baths) and a kitchen. We stayed at Paris Cheri! This apartment is large and in a great area of Paris, the 2nd arrondissement. It was 1 block off Rue Montorgueil, a very nice small pedestrian street with cafes and shops. You can find anything you want to eat and bring it home to cook (meat, cheese, bread, pastries, chocolates, wine and vegetables) or eat out in one of the many restaurants. There is a fabulous bakery around the corner from the apartment on Rue Montorgueil that makes the best croissants (regular or chocolate). We had them every day.
The apartment comes with a dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer. You can see the floor layout at link above and get pricing. We know when we return to Paris we will also return to Paris Cheri!
George & Jo Anne
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One of my favorite small streets is Cours Damoye in Paris. It is off of Place de la Bastille. It is not a place most tourists find nor is it in most tour books. It is a very small pedestrian street that is very French with shops and cafes. If you enjoy French architecture and strolling on streets without automobile traffic, this is a place you should see. Place de la Bastille is near the river and not far from Notre Dame or the Pantheon. Plan a trip her on one of your walks. The Bastille metro stop is in the middle of a traffic circle at Place de la Bastille. Facing North East off the circle you will find Cours Damoye. It starts out east and then turns north.
What are your favorite small streets in Paris? Let me know.
George & Jo Anne