Best Day Trips from Madrid

Best Day Trips from Madrid [PetiteAdventures.org]

Although Madrid is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, sometimes you just want to get away from the city, the concrete, the traffic and all the noise, and explore something new. Thankfully, there are a number of charming towns close to Madrid that make for the perfect day-trip.

Here are my top ten day trips from Madrid: Continue reading “Best Day Trips from Madrid”

Six Month Retrospective: Best in Food

PA-RetrospectiveBestFood-2

This week marks six months since we left Canada and moved to Madrid. So, I’ve decided to take a quick break from the regularly scheduled travel programming to take a look back at the last six months – the adventures we’ve been on, the places we’ve seen, the foods we’ve eaten, and to look ahead at what the next six months has to offer.

For me, travelling is as much about eating new and exotic foods as it is exploring and seeing amazing things. The last piece of advice my mom gave to be before leaving was: “Eat and try all the weird new foods!” It was advice that I’ve taken to heart since we arrived in Europe – and thankfully, only once has it not gone my way (it didn’t go my way for 10 days, but that’s a story for another day…)

Here’s a sample of the most amazing, weirdest and most surprising foods I’ve tried:

Continue reading “Six Month Retrospective: Best in Food”

Six Month Retrospective: Adventures in Europe and Beyond

PA-RetrospectiveEuropeAndBeyond-

This week marks six months since we left Canada and moved to Madrid. In some ways, it feels like we’ve only just arrived, and in others it’s like we’ve been here forever.

This week, I’m taking a quick break from the regularly scheduled travel programming to take a look back at the last six months – the adventures we’ve been on, the places we’ve seen, the foods we’ve eaten, and to look ahead at what the next six months has to offer. Continue reading “Six Month Retrospective: Adventures in Europe and Beyond”

Travel Diary: Barcelona

Barcelona-

One of our main goals for our time abroad is to explore as much as possible, so we’ve agreed that every long weekend we’ll be off on an adventure. Our first, back in November, was Barcelona. Neither Dave nor I had ever been to Barcelona, so we were really looking forward to having three whole days to see all that it had to offer.

We stayed at a smaller hostal in the north of the city and spent out days walking the streets enjoying all of the different neighbourhoods and their distinct charms. From Gràcia to La Barceloneta, and along Las Ramblas, we tried to spend a little time in each area to get a full view of life in Barcelona.

An expansive city, I could write about Barcelona for days, but for the sake of being concise, I thought I would share my three favourite things we did/saw/experienced in Barcelona. Continue reading “Travel Diary: Barcelona”