Picspiration – Malasaña and Chueca

I was going to write a long informative guide about my two absolute favourite neighbourhoods in Madrid. I was going to give advice on where to go, what to see and where to eat. But that isn´t what Malasaña and Chueca are about. You will need to explore them yourself, get lost and drawn in by this wonderful part of the Spanish capital.

Just take a walk in the morning, when all the shops and cafés are still closed and the streets are filled with the smell of fresh herbs being delivered to the restaurants.  When the shutters are still down and you can marvel about the street art painted on them. Continue reading “Picspiration – Malasaña and Chueca”

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Recipes from Abroad – Homemade Empanadillas

One of the great things about travelling is that you get to try so many new foods. And when you cook them back home you can bring a part of your experience with you. After having experimented a bit, now I have my Empanadilla recipe ready and I´m pretty sure I´ll make this at home quite a few times. It´s just the perfect food for parties or picnics, hot days or cold ones and super versatile, as you can basically fill them with anything (try to substitute some of the flour for ground almonds and cocoa for example, fill with chocolate and cover in powdered sugar). So without further ado, lets get cooking!


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Daytrips from Madrid #4 – Segovia

Another gem close to Madrid in Castilla y León and therefore perfect for a visit in a day – or two – is Segovia. Featuring a ton of amazing ancient buildings and views of the Guadarrama mountains the old town with its aqueduct is a UNESCO world heritage site for a reason.


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Daytrips from Madrid #3 – Alcalá de Henares

Home to one of Europe´s oldest Universities – as well as a ton of storks – and with a charming city center Alcalá de Henares is totally worth a visit. Even better, that the birth town of Miguel de Cervantes is located close to Madrid and makes for a perfect daytrip opportunity – or even half day if you are in rush.
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Daytrips from Madrid #2 – Toledo

I recently fell in love…

With the stunning city of Toledo, just about 65 km south of Madrid. The former capital with its little alleys, beautiful architecture and delicious marzipan is easy to reach from Madrid and should definitely be on your list, when visiting Spain. Obviously I had to share this daytrip opportunity with you. And as I am keen to visit this city again, this guide is hopefully going to get updated more than just once.  Continue reading “Daytrips from Madrid #2 – Toledo”

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Daytrips from Madrid #1 – San Lorenzo de El Escorial

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When you´re staying in a city for a longer time for vacation, work or whatever reason you might have, you get the opportunity to get to know not only the city itself, but also its surroundings and nearby towns. That´s why I decided to start this little series showing you the beautiful places you can easily visit when staying in Madrid.  

San Lorenzo de El Escorial, with its impressive monastery and tranquil southern European small town charm, is located about an hour north of Madrid in the Guadarrama mountains. The scenery is pretty and the history of this village very interesting. Even if it was just for the train right up from Madrid, to me it would be worth it, as you drive through the green countryside towards the (if you go in winter or best in spring) snowcapped mountains. Continue reading “Daytrips from Madrid #1 – San Lorenzo de El Escorial”

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