National Dishes From My Travels: Thoughts, Feelings and Reactions

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As they do with birds, animals and flowers, most countries have a national dish, which in most cases, is a food that’s been prepared for generations; it’s a food that shares history, legends and traditions with each and every forkful. Experiencing a country through food is one of my favourite ways to get to know a new place; it’s really quite astonishing how much you can learn simply by sitting down, digging in and sampling its national fares.

Throughout our travels, I was lucky enough to try the national dish in nine of the 15 countries we’ve visited. As with anything, there were hits and misses. Most of the time my curiosity was rewarded with amazing and surprising flavours, but there were a few odd times where my curiosity got the better of me and I was left with a meal I probably wouldn’t order again.

For the purpose of this post, I’ve only decided to feature national dishes that I ate in that country, for example, I enjoyed a ham hock in Vienna, and although it was delicious and it’s a food the city is famous for, it’s not a national dish. It is, however, a national dish of Germany, but I was too focused on Christmas market beverages to get into the ham hock during our visit to Hamburg, so unfortunately, ham hocks just don’t make the list. I also omitted a couple of foods like Bratwurst (Germany) and Pasta (Italy) because really, what can I say about those delicious meals that hasn’t already been said. And, chances are you’ve probably sampled them somewhere along the way yourself!

So, let’s take a look at my thoughts, feelings and impressions of the national dishes I sampled in 2016: Continue reading “National Dishes From My Travels: Thoughts, Feelings and Reactions”

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”

#Take12Trips Challenge Update

Petite Adventures' #Take 12 Trips Update

Earlier this year, I shared with you my intentions to take part in the #Take12Trip challenge and given that we’ve pretty much hit the half-way point in 2016 (sidebar: how are we already half-way through the year?!) I figure this was as good a time as any to check in and see where I’m at.

Before we get started, as a reminder, the #Take12Triips Challenge is designed to inspire travellers to make a commitment to getting out once and month and exploring – whether that’s day-trips, month-long adventures, or anything in between.

In my post, I described some of my dream trips for the months ahead. And, as with all the best-laid plans of mice and men, most of the months did not go as expected.

So, let’s take a look… Continue reading “#Take12Trips Challenge Update”

Exploring Valencia on Two Wheels

Yesterday, I shared with you some of the key sights and bites from Valencia, Spain. Today, I want to share my experience of getting off the beaten track and exploring Valencia on two wheels.

Biking through Valencia, Spain [PetiteAdventures.org]

Before we moved to Spain I had daydreams of exploring Madrid on bike, of getting from one place to another in my cute little frock with my trusty dachshund sidekick in the basket (note: we do not have a dog, despite my near-constant requests, but that hasn’t stopped me from including one in all of my daydreams. I’m trying to Secret my way to a puppy). It was in my plan that we would get settled in Madrid and then I’d find myself a bike and my daydreams would be a reality.

But after a week of exploring the city on foot and fearing for my life at every crosswalk as the drivers sped toward me braking so incredibly late, I changed my mind.

I shoved the idea of biking in Spain from my mind and carried on my merry way. Exploring on foot seemed like the sensible (and safe) choice to me.

That is until we travelled to Valencia. Continue reading “Exploring Valencia on Two Wheels”

Your Guide to 52 Hours in Valencia

Hello and happy Tuesday! Welcome to part one of my coverage of Valencia, Spain. Today, I’m exploring some of the key sights in the city as well as detailing the delicious foods. Tomorrow, I’ll be exploring Valencia on two wheels – don’t miss it!

Your Guide to 52 Hours in Valencia [PetiteAdventures.org]

Throughout the first two months of the year, it seemed that everywhere I looked I was bombarded with information about Valencia. From newspaper articles to blog posts, it seemed like everyone but me was in Valencia. As I dutifully read each and every piece I became further intrigued by this Mediterranean city. At just over 350km from Madrid, it seemed like a completely reasonable overnight trip.

When a friend decided to come to Madrid for a visit, I floated the idea past her and after a bit of research she was on board. My Valencian adventure dream was set to come true! Continue reading “Your Guide to 52 Hours in Valencia”