Botín claims to be the world’s oldest restaurant. It’s also where Ernest Hemingway set the last scene of his novel “The Sun Also Rises”. Image by Gayle Wheatley.
For those seeking a unique place to sleep in Spain’s capital, look no further than Casa de Madrid. This boutique retreat in an upscale 18th century building is located in the heart of the city, just steps from both Madrid’s iconic Puerta del Sol square and the Royal Palace, as well as a metro stop and some of the city’s top dining spots. Facing the Royal Opera House and situated in what is arguably Madrid’s best neighborhood, Casa de Madrid is surrounded by countless architectural gems.
Staying here is like rooming at a friend’s house, that is a friend with impeccable design taste. You’ll have plenty of privacy, as there are only 7 rooms, each individually decorated down to the smallest detail. With stylish touches like painted wall murals and custom furniture, most of the rooms are travel-themed. There’s an “Indian room” and “Spanish room”, as well as the standout “Greek room”, with its painted murals showcasing panoramic ocean vistas, adorned with Greek columns below a bright blue ceiling painted with gold suns.
Fairytale view of Madrid, image by Gayle Wheatley.
For the anniversary of electric guitar legend Les Paul’s birth, Google has put together a brilliant piece of interactive art on their home page. Rolling over the guitar strings with your mouse or pressing keys on your keyboard both simulate strumming, and there’s even a record button where you can make your own music, then play it back. Genius Google, genius.
How Spaniards love their ham! Everywhere you go in Spain you’ll encounter windows and ceilings filled with ham hocks and restaurants showcasing full pig legs on a chopping block.
Bocadillos, sandwiches without condiments on a baguette filled with cured meat, cheese, and sometimes seafood (my perfect idea of a sandwich!), are a national snack and they are delicious! In Madrid the Museo del Jamon (Museum of Ham) food chain is the quick and easy place to go for breakfast, bocadillos, cervezas (beers), or a much needed snack after a long day of walking.
Check out these fun and stylish pet pods for your kitty, puppy, bunny and more! They come in bright bubblegum colors, are fully recyclable and are 100% washable too. You can even mix and match your own color & fabric choices.
We have arrived in Morocco! And we are loving the food here so much! Plus the Moroccan mint tea is fantastic.
Get a load of this chic handbag designed by Peter Jakubik and made from mahogany cowhide moulded by hand.
Each day the crowds have been growing bigger and louder in Madrid’s famous Puerta del Sol square. Streets are closed off surrounding Sol, and there are police everywhere. Today it was amazing just to witness the sheer excitement and number of people flooding into Madrid, all peacefully making their voices heard as they protest against the government. Learn more here.
We are SUPER excited to share our latest adventures with you!! Our first stop? Madrid!
On our must see list: triple museum goodness, that is: the Prado, the Reina Sofia, and the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Of course there will also be tapas, sangria, and more tapas, along with live flamenco & Spanish guitar, a jaunt to the royal palace, and a side trip to Toledo, among much more!
By a stroke of luck, we’ll also be in Madrid during the festival of San Isidro, the patron saint of Madrid. What does that mean? Corridas! (daily bullfights) and fiestas galore! Stay tuned.
The interior of “Why Not?” bar.
Images by Marcus Obal (center) and Krzysztof Dydynski.