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February 1, 2016

Some news from Spain XV

Ok its been a while on Spain and Madrid, but thinking of coming back in May, here are the latest beats from Madrid, Spain; what else?

Madrid to heaven and a hole in the sky to look down on it everyday; la movida was just the beginning ::)

Until Feb 26 2016 you can go see Paz Erràzuriz at the Sala Barbara de Braganza, mondays 14h to 20h , Tuesdays to Saturdays 10h to é0h Sundays and holidays 11h to 19h. at Barbara de Braganza ,13. Part of the Fundacion MAPFRE; https://www.fundacionmapfre.org/fundacion/es_es/cultura-historia/nuestras-salas/barbara-braganza/

Kandisky, a retrospective on the 150 anniversary of his birth. Wassily Kandinsky the abtract art. See it Until February 28 at CentroCentro Cibeles, Palacio de Cibeles, Plaza de Cibeles, 1. mondays to sundays from 10h to 20h.  The collection comes from the Centre Pompidou in Paris. http://www.centrocentro.org/centro/exposicion_ficha/146

Titanic exhibition , see it until March 6 at the Fernan Gomez Centro Cultural de la Villa, Plaza de Colon , 4. price is 6-12€ mondays to sundays from 10h to 20h; http://teatrofernangomez.esmadrid.com/espectaculo/983/titanic

The Jules Verne exhibition until February 28 at the Espacio Fundacion Telefonica, Calle Fuencarral, 3. free admission.https://espacio.fundaciontelefonica.com/evento/julio-verne-los-limites-de-la-imaginacion/

See Ingrés at the Museum of Prado, until March 27, Paseo del Prado; admission 14€ mondays to Saturdays 10h to 20h, Sundays and holidays 10h to 19h. https://www.museodelprado.es/en/whats-on/exhibition/ingres/00e24782-cbd7-4f3e-af2b-46aa5a34d983

See Cleopatra and amazing Egypt at the Centro de Exposicion Arte Canal, paseo de la Castellana, 214.Prices 3-7€, mondays to sundays from 10h to 21h; until May 8 2016.  http://www.exposicioncleopatra.es/#exposicion

New Babylone now at Museum Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia,  Until February 29th,nSanta Isabel 52; price 4€ mondays and wednesdays to Saturdays 10h to 21h. Sundays 10h to 14h15.  http://www.museoreinasofia.es/exposiciones/constant-nueva-babilonia

See Mujeres de Roma (women of Rome) until February 14 at the CaixaForum Madrid, Paseo del Prado 36; price 4€ times Mondays to Sundays from 10h to 20h; http://agenda.obrasocial.lacaixa.es/-/mujeres-de-roma

Again , great Historia de las Comunicaciones; (history of the communications) at the Espacio Fundacion Telefonica, Calle Fuencarral 3, free admission, Tuesdays to Sundays from 10h to 10h.https://espacio.fundaciontelefonica.com/evento/historia-de-las-telecomunicaciones/

Hurry up to see The illusion of the far west,(La Ilusion del Lejano Oeste)  at Museo Thyssen Bornemisza, Paseo del Prado 8. price 9€ open mondays to Fridays and Sundays 10h to 19h and Saturdays from 10h to 21h. http://www.museothyssen.org/thyssen/exposiciones_proximas/129

You can see a great theater at Lluvia Constante ( constant rain) at Teatro de Bellas Artes, Calle Marqués de Casa Riera, 2. price 16-25€ wednesdays to Fridays 20h30, Saturdays shows at 19h and 21h30 ,and Sundays 19h. http://www.teatrobellasartes.es/es/ex/1260/lluvia-constante

You can see a wonderful comedy El Nombre,  about a group of friends who dine together to celebrate the arrival of the baby of one of the couples, very funny, widely acclaim. At my all time favorite theater Cofidis Alcazar, Calle Alcalà 20, price 16-20€ from Wednesdays to Fridays 20h30, Saturdays 19h and 21h15, and Sundays 19h, http://teatrocofidis.com/  and a link there to buy your tickets from home.

And another historical theater at the Teatro Nuevo Apolo, Plaza de Tirso de Molina,1 you can see the story again of Carmen; price 35-49€ shows at 20h30. From March 23 to April 3; this time done the Ballet of Puerto Rico. official theater site here; http://summummusic.com/carmen-ballet-puerto-rico/

And on the historical Teatro Lope de Vega, Gran via 57, price 24€ sessions Tuesdays to Thursdays at 20h30; Fridays and Saturdays 18h and 22h, Sundays at 18h,The Lion’s King (El Rey Léon)  until May 29th. The theater site http://www.elreyleon.es/teatro/  and the show is here, http://www.elreyleon.es/

The great musical Priscilla, Reina del Desierto, greatest disco of all times with 500 costumes, 200 hilarious wigs, robotic bus! at the Nuevo Teatro Alcalà, Calle Jorge Juan 32, until FEb 28. price 18,43€ open sessions Tuesdays to Thursdays 20h30, Fridays Saturdays 18h and 22h ,Sundays 18h. The show http://www.priscillaelmusical.es/ and the theater site, http://www.teatroalcalamadrid.com/programacion/espectaculos-en-cartel.html

And do not forget ArcoMadrid,the great international fairs on contemporary arts in Madrid this time with 35 galleries presenting the 35 years of the Fairs. This as part of the 169 galleries taken part in this year’s event.  February 24-28 ; open to the public Fridays Saturdays and Sundays from 12h to 20h go there on buses 112 and 122, and interurban bus 828,and metro line 8, all at IFEMA.  http://www.ifema.es/arcomadrid_06/Informacion_general/visitar_arcomadrid/index.htm

From February 12 to June 12 2016 see at museo del Prado, the great show of George de la Tour, one of the most important French painter of the 20C. https://www.museodelprado.es/en/whats-on/exhibition/georges-de-la-tour/369d61b8-c430-4c43-9f51-8ed8995aa949

From February 9th to May 22 you will see the Realists of Madrid;(Los Realistas de Madrid) beginning with Antonio Lopéz. Historical painters and sculptors who lived and worked in Madrid; at the Museo Thyssen Bornemisza; http://www.museothyssen.org/thyssen/home

From February 11 to March 13 , you can see in Madrid, the best magicians of the world in the International Magic Festival. price 12 to 44€ at times like 20h30, Thursdays to Sundays; ronda de Atocha 35, in the Teatro Circo Price; http://www.teatrocircoprice.es/web/index.php

You can run the Rock and Roll Marathon of Madrid, on April 24th. at several venues all over the city, as well as a mini marathon in a great sport festival. http://www.runrocknroll.com/madrid/en/

And if in Madrid for several days don’t forget the Madrid Card, purchase main at Plaza Mayor, 27. with many freebies in town, for info: http://www.madridcard.com/en/inicio

And the Madrid City Tour, the famous hop on hop off on a double decker bus for a quick ride into the main sights and then choose.  Many places to buy and get on such as MCT information center by Museo del Prado, Julia Travel in the Plaza de España in buses, and at http://www.madridcitytours.com/

Enjoy Madrid and Spain!

 

 

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January 23, 2016

The Philippines a country of islands!

Well I am still traveling and thought about my wonderful stay in  the Philippines. Really excited of been there for the first time and taken photos in Manila, General Santos City and Cebu.  The tourist office is here, http://www.itsmorefuninthephilippines.com/

My flight was long, leaving by train from nearby me in Auray to the station in Nantes, there taking the navette bus for 8€ to the airport of Nantes while staying for one night at the Escale Océania hotel in the airport just 300 meters from  it.http://www.oceaniahotels.co.uk/h/hotel-escale-oceania-nantes-aeroport/presentation

Finally, the next morning walking to the airport and take my AF flight to Paris CDG and then China Southern Airlines to Guangzhou China , changing again on China Southern to Manila inter airport.

This same day going to my hotel and main base there the  City Garden Grand Hotel in the Makati business district.  http://www.citygardengrandhotel.com/

First, I set for General Santos City on Cebu Pacific Airlines, https://www.cebupacificair.com/id-en/Pages/default.aspx  , and here is some tourism info on the town known as the Tuna Capital of the Philippines  or GenSan even if now not much tuna is done. http://www.visitmyphilippines.com/index.php?title=GeneralSantosCity&Page=1&pid=1049

I had local driver and stay at the Microtel by Wynham hotel http://www.microtel-gensan.com/

I ate at Big Ben Restaurant, where the tuna steak was great as the city is famous for it ,tuna that is. more on it here, http://ph.openrice.com/other/restaurant/bigben-steaks-grills-general-santos-city/17779

I went for dinner at Gillian’s where the tuna feast continue, and great San Miguel beers, the resto is a chain and this one was Inside the Veranza mall a nice shopping place too, http://giligansrestaurant.com/branches.html

So , if want to browse for some bargain shopping, its the best one two combination in town, here is the mall webpage: http://kccmalls.com/mall-branches/kcc-mall-of-gensan/misc-pages/veranza/

I came back to Makati ,Manila area and then went out again to Cebu, a beautiful area. http://www.visitmyphilippines.com/index.php?title=ProvinceofCebu&Page=1&pid=7355

To Cebu I flew on Philippine Airlines, here http://www.philippineairlines.com/ ,and it was a same day roundtrip.

I ate lunch at the Pancake House, nice friendly place in a shoppig center, you can  see more of it here, and I had ham omelet with sprite here for a change lol!!! http://www.munchpunch.com/pancake-house-sm-city-gensan?t=had

I stayed mostly in Makati district and was able to go the wonderful Ayala Malls and especifically in the Greenbelt malls 1 thru 5.  This is really a shopper’s paradise with about five malls all interconnected with stores, restos ,cinema, chapel and others all wonderfully modern and clean; a place to spent a whole day and night. I was there having a few beers at my old hangout TGIFriday’s and great chat with bartenders Grace and Manny! I know the TGIF’s and always fun to seek them anywhere.  The main webpage for Ayala is here http://www.ayalamalls.com.ph/

In here , there is a great Ayala museum with great exhibits and cultural awareness, http://www.ayalamuseum.org/ and spent some time in the Ayala Triangle park , http://www.ayalatriangle.com/ ;  where you have business offices like mines’ and a great park to walk relax and eat in some unique places like the bananapple resto ; http://www.banapplekitchen.com/  . Also, came back for Simple Lang and the famous Lechon or pork dish, in the wonderful park, more on them here;http://www.munchpunch.com/simple-lang-ayala-triangle-gardens. A wonderful place to spent your time in Manila.

I did went for lunch to Apartment IB, I had passed it by and thought it was an apartment building ,actually its a restaurant with gourment new cuisine tastes and it was fabuleuse, fish and chips with San Miguel beers, more here, http://www.munchpunch.com/apartment-1b-one-lafayette-square

Other than the official webpage above this one show some pictures of the Greenbelts mall, http://www.makaticity.com/shopping/greenbelt-mall.php

I was join by friends for lunch at Mesa a nouvelle Filipino cuisine restaurant right in Greenbelt 5; It  was special having lunch with good company. This the restaurant http://mesa.ph/main/3000/indexf8cc.html?pageid=102903

Of course, my home central while in the Philippine was the City Garden Grand Hotel in Makati, a wonderful experience central, big, all amenities, and friendly service; just nice. http://www.grand.citygardenhotels.com/

Going out I took Philippine airline to reach Jakarta Indonesia , and then transfer on Garuda airline to Surabaya , my next stop on this trip;which ,also will take me back to Jakarta and onwards home, more,to be continue.

It will remain a wonderful experience and good memories of the welcome.  Enjoy the Philippine experience.

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December 17, 2015

Some news from Spain XIIII

Well I have literally left Spain out for quite some time, this is one of my countries !!! Well here is something traditional for the Holidays coming up.

Where to spent your Christmas Eve in Madrid,(my city) ;for the moderate budget we have some of my favorites there Ayre Gran Hotel Colon  Pez Volador, 1 | Tfn.: 91 400 99 00 | Price: 93 euros (dining and confettis).Chlidren  Menú  (Under 12 ): 34 euros. This is where I have stayed lately in the city great hotel , friendly service and all central. Mercado de la Reina Gran Vía, 12 | Tfn.: 91 521 31 98 | Price: 90 euros (dining and cup of champa or wine). Real Café Bernabeu Avenida de Concha Espina, 1 (Puerta 30. Estadio Santiago Bernabéu) | Tfn.: 91 458 36 67 | Price: 149 euros (dining and confettis). Children Menú  (Under 12): 55 euros. Café de Colon (previus Café de los Artistas)  Goya, 2 | Tfn.: 91 431 86 15 | Price: 110 euros (dining and confettis). Puerta 57  Padre Damián, s/n (Estadio Santiago Bernabéu) | Tfn.: 91 457 33 61 | Price: 165 euros (dining), 210 euros (dining and confettis), 50 euros (confettis). Children Menú  (Under 12 ): 49,50 euros. Intercontinental hotel  Paseo de la Castellana, 49 | Tfn.: 91 700 73 71 | Price: 450 euros (dining and confettis), 125 euros (only confettis).Children  Menú  (Under 12): 125 euros.  .  Gran Melià Fénix Hermosilla, 2 | Tfn.: 91 431 67 00 | Price: 295 euros (dining).  Children Menú  (Under 10): 147,50 euros.  Palacio de Cibeles Plaza de Cibeles, 1 | Tfn.: 91 523 14 54 | Price: 231 euros (dining and confettis).

Then, you have the heritage cities to hold such a nice occassion, such as Alcalà de Henares and the year of Cervantes,http://culturalcala.es/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Programa-de-Navidad-2015_2016.pdf ;  the markets of Avilà, http://www.avilaturismo.com/es/agenda/v-centenario-santa-teresa-de-jesus/item/831-programa-conmemorativo-v-centenario the festival at Baeza ,http://www.baezaturismo.com/ sweet Christmas at Càceres, http://www.turismo.ayto-caceres.es/  the patios of  Cordoba, http://www.turismodecordoba.org/ draw one at Cuenca,http://turismo.cuenca.es/  traditional at San Cristobal de la Laguna , http://www.aytolalaguna.com/descubre.jsp go the past at Mérida,http://www.turismomerida.org/  see the history at Segovia, http://www.turismodesegovia.com/  route trends at Salamanca, http://www.salamanca.es/en/ gastronomic Santiago de Compostela, http://www.santiagoturismo.com/  the ninots of Tarragona, http://www.tarragonaturisme.cat/es the traditional tiovivo at Toledo, http://www.toledo-turismo.com/ and the guignols of Ubeda ; http://www.turismodeubeda.com/index.php/es/

And you can find more about them at the official heritage site of cities of the Spanish heritage, Ciudades de Patrimonio , here, http://www.ciudadespatrimonio.org/ciudades/index.php?idioma=en

The best guide to choose your Spanish wine, is Guia Peñin , for years the best, http://www.guiapenin.com/

I just had my Beronia red Rioja Reserva 2010 tonite ::)  and as in my blogroll at the bottom of my main page, the wines of Spain  and more is found all here at Apolo y baco , http://www.apoloybaco.com/

One of the best Spanish language site on Spanish gastronomy is here, the one I follow, Diario de Gastronomia, sharing ::) http://diariodegastronomia.com/ and for Madrid my Madrid the best in Spanish is here, Los 5 mejores; http://www.los5mejores.com/ ; and to rent the best of Spain in rural beautiful Spain, agroturismo casas rurales here  ; http://en.antiquanatura.com/rural-tourism/espana/

Enjoy Spain in the magical time of Christmas to Epiphany !

 

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December 11, 2015

One more time in Bucharest !

This is becoming routine, coming to Bucharest that is. About 5 yrs ago, I had never visited the country ,and since then this is my 7th trip here. Always welcome.

My trip is easy going by AF from Nantes to Paris CDG to Bucharest Henri Coandâ airport. Once there, I take a taxi Meridien to my hotel. Only that it was not the usual Ramada one this time it was a Pullman by Accor.  This is the country tourist un official ; http://www.turism.ro/english/bucharest.php ; and here is the tourist office http://www.tourism-bucharest.com/

The airport site is here, http://www.bucharestairports.ro/en

Once there took my coupon off a machine for the taxi, and I always take the Meridian waiting for you outside or arrange ahead, site here ;http://www.meridiantaxi.ro/

I got to my nice Pullman , this is my chain ACCOR of France, wonderful always anywhere. very nice big rooms bathrooms and plenty of restaurant from the nice chic Aspérge bar to the steakhouse Barbizon, and the breakfast brasserie Paris -Bucharest. Excellent service , prompt, nice, many amenities too much for me to use, as was in and out always. A great place to spend your day and across plenty of public transport buses and tramways in the World Trade Center area; site here http://www.pullmanhotels.com/gb/hotel-1714-pullman-bucharest-world-trade-center/index.shtml

I spent 3 glorious nights here and went on to eat at the La Placinte Moldavian cuisine restaurant with a wooden tray of pork kebaks, potatoes, salad, and compote or drain fruit drink of red fruits sweet and nice down with Ursus local beer was excellent.  Very nicely decorated Inside and nice friendly service.  I went to the Str. Nicolae Caramfil nr. 49 property, here is the site; http://laplacinte.ro/ro/pages/restaurante/2/

Another time out of hotel I went to the La Iancu restaurant just outside Bucharest in Otopeni where the airport is located, but a nice town. The service was very nice, and the food with the big veal steak fries and beers Tuborg was nice indeed, http://www.laiancu.ro/

I had my usual walks around the Romexpo exhibition center , like here http://www.romexpo.ro/

and did my walk and drive up to the University Romano American by the romexpo area, this is a private school ; http://web.rau.ro/index.php?newlang=english

Also, the impressive House of the Free Press, old communication palace, http://romaniatourism.com/bucharest.html#landmarks

Last, I stop by the Rin Airport Hotel for one night as leaving early and they have free included shuttle to the airport every 30 minutes , very nice and punctual. http://airport.rinhotels.ro/

And, a chance to pass by Paris again try CDG my second home ::) back in January for more exotic trips in Asia and now the Holidays are coming, and we still do not know where to go lol!

Enjoy the pictures and have a great weekend.

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November 21, 2015

Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Miami Beach, this is Florida!

OMG, I just look back of my blog and realise not written on these wonderful spots since 2011! Times flies, this was my last stronghold in the USA before leaving permanently to France. I had not been back there since 2009 and now had 3 great days in the area. This is the South Florida area where I still have family.

It has a lot to offers other than the beaches and night life, but I let you mingle and decide on that with the tourist offices there of Miami, http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/  and Fort Lauderdale, http://www.sunny.org/

I was Lucky to have on my way back from Mexico the company ok to attend a finance conference in Fort Lauderdale arriving at Miami airport on American Airlines. http://www.miami-airport.com/  . I must add nothing compares with Air France ::)

My cousin was there to greet me and take me to eat at a local Cuban restaurant now very popular for the last 10 years or so, Molina’s in the nearby city of Hialeah on which hospital my twin boys were born!!! The place was typical of old Cuba and the food very Cuban, something did not had for yearsss! picadillo ,moros rice, sweet plaintains, and a nice corona beer. http://www.molinasranchrestaurant.com/

Afterward I was taken to my conference hotel at Fort Lauderdale, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel; right off the ocean drive and very near Las Olas blvd chic area, http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/FortLauderdale/Default.htm

OF course, the hotel was top luxury, glad was not paying ::) the room well the apartment as it was two rooms with living room and bedroom, TV in both in addition to a smaller one in the bathroom. There had bathtub and shower and lavs for two. The wonderful beachside restaurant was wonderful too. A great place ,location, and friendly prompt service.

The evening had the chance to eat dinner there overlooking the ocean and Fort Lauderdale beach , nice oysters, shrimps, and cocktails mojitos was wonderful right at the bar with a friendly bartender. Needless to say went to bed very late into the morning hours lol!!!

Once the conference was over, we were invited for dinner as part of it, to the wonderful Brazilian charrusqueria Chima’s right on Las Olas blvd and about 15 minutes walking back to the hotel which me and a group of warriors found out. http://chima.cc/site/

Chima has a wonderful front terrace to mingle and drink, and then great laidout indoor tables for the feast of bringing those different cuts of meats charrusqueria style (call here steakhouse) all night long with wonderful glasses of red wines. Good company and pleasant evening afterward on the way back and at the hotel bar ::)

The last day got pickup by my cousin again and given a right in the laberinth of roads and tolls the area has become, really change feld big and different already. Saw the new Marlins baseball stadium, the Lincoln Road Miami Beach area, and the bridges before finally depositing me at Miami airport for the trip back home. A nice nostalgic if short trip to what was once call home ::)

http://miami.marlins.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=mia

http://lincolnroadmall.com/

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At Miami before flight had some snacks at La Pausa in concourse J Mia for a mahi mahi sandwich fries and a glass of California Hogue cellars red wine. A nice send offs. http://www.shopmiamiairport.com/store_profile.aspx?unitid=519

The flight back was my first ever ,believe or not, delays at airport, happening after a heigthening of security tension for the atrocious terrorist acts in Paris, they found two bags checked-in but no passenger so the plane was ask to return to gate!! wait and wait finally departed to Paris. There, as was getting ready to board my last flight to Nantes, once already in the passarelle to the plane we were ask to return back Inside as they was a fuel leak on the plane, wait wait, finally took off. Arrive home five hours late missed by twins birthday outing and needed to catch up today lol! Now ready for another long journey tomorrow to Brazil!!!

Have a great weekend!

FLL FLL FLL FLL FLL FLL FLL FLL FLL FLL FLL FLL FLL MIA mia MIA Mia mia

 

 

 

November 20, 2015

One, two , Mexico DF, Tepatitlan de Morelos in one short trip!

Now I am rested to finish Mexico to tell you all about it, and then out again Sunday for another wonderful trip, happy travels indeed ::)

As usual left from Nantes airport to Paris CDG and then Mexico DF Benito Juarez airport; staying at the nice City Express Plus Patio Universidad in DF. Here are the contacts : https://www.cityexpress.com/en/hotels-Mexico/MX/Distrito-Federal-14/Ciudad-de-Mexico-27/City-Express-Plus-Patio-Universidad-78/

The hotel was central at the corner of Universidad and Av. Popocatépetl in the shopping center Patio Universidad, it open in 2015 very nice with stores like Best Buy, The Home Store,  Steve Madden, Sports World, and groceries Superama. Also many restaurants like Starbucks, El Bajío, California Pizza Kitchen, PF Chang´s, Olive Garden, TGI Fridays, Carls Jr., and IHOP. open 9h to 22h;also a wonderful cinema Cinépolis. no webpage yet!

I did show up and went straight to El Bajio for my first dinner there, nice place if a bit hurry up to get rid of me lol! The lady kept giving me dishes to try and I keep saying no thank you have enough, endless, but the food and drinks were good, bohemia oscura beers ! http://www.restauranteelbajio.com.mx/sucursales_mapa.php?mapa=11

I did a lot of walking around to see old names like Walmart, Sears, and the Mexican dept store Liverpool,(chic), and had my rides thru Insurgentes Sur and into the State of Mexico outside DF in Ecatepec de Morelos. Of course ,my hotel had great views of the city of Mexico too. Driving around in Ecatepec  I had lunch at Los Bisquets de Obregon local cuisine restaurant with a great cecina steak (salted and dried by means of air, sun or smoke) with mashed potatoes, mexican rice, and mango/papaya juices here ! http://bisquetsobregon.com/restaurantes/ecatepec/

Next , after doing some walking around safe in DF! lol! I met some old friends at the Olive Garden in the Patio Universidad shopping;  here with ravioli stuff champignon and a great Trapiche malbec Argentinian wine, coffee nice, great memories ;http://www.olivegardenmexico.com.mx/ubicacionUniversidad.php

This allows me just before to go over the Plaza Universidad shopping center, http://plaza-universidad.com/ ; which later on hook up with another friend and after already having eaten we went over for some snacks and drinks at the Sanborns Inside. http://www.sanborns.com.mx/Paginas/directorio_tiendas.aspx

and following my culinary taste of Mexico DF on another night went for TGIFridays hahaha yes very original , I remember this resto from back in USA and love them. Found them here with a nice big burger and try Victoria and Pacifico beers !! This was ,also, in the Patio Universidad shopping! http://www.fridays.mx/tufridays.php?idres=6

Moving right alone as able to see the Métrobus system with elevated platforms running east-west and north-South in the city ,well the traffic is still BIG! Teatro Insurgentes was nice but no time to see a show; right in chic area by city center building in Insurgentes Sur.

And, I had time with another friend to see the Mexico vs El Salvador football.soccer match concacaf WC qualifying won easily by Mexico 3X0 at Hooters another of my old favorites ::) Great Indio beer and nachos snacks with cheese and the action was good with friendly crowd.  http://hooters.com.mx/sucursales/universidad/

And I took my plane to Guadalajara airport before had my lunch at Wimpy in DF airport; cant find webpage but was ok for an introduction before leaving. Guadalajara airport is small and nice ;https://www.aeropuertosgap.com.mx/en/guadalajara-3.html

And went over to Tepatitlan de Morelos a nice town country cozy feeling more on it here, in Spanish http://www.tepatitlan.gob.mx/turismo/

Here I stayed again in my usual Grand Hotel, with French owner and very nice, my room the Mexican Rangel, chic class and great service in city center near the main Church. http://www.grandhotelboutique.com/english/

Having breakfast in the Café Paris is grand and great views over the city. and we went out to Zapoten , nice town and had lunch on the road at Birreria Chololo with goat meat and beers Indio oscura. An institution in the area, they are at Carretera a Chapala Km 17, Tlajomulco de Zuñiga, no webpage but a nice page to describe it a bit further, https://es.foursquare.com/v/birrier%C3%ADa-el-chololo/4bf9560b8d30d13a8f010218

We did some traveling by car and walk from our hotel to a wonderful place for dinner Bistro 77 right in city center near the wonderful Cathedral and kiosk in the park. Wonderful Pulpo beers and pizzas with hot chili mexican here, great tv screens and wonderful friendly service, http://www.bistro77.mx/

I came back to DF on Aeromexico again, easy. and my trip continue on next post. Enjoy Mexico!!!

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October 24, 2015

The land of Sherry or Xéres or Jerez;vinos olé!!!

Here I am back after a most wonderful week in the corners of Spain down in the province of Cadiz, autonomous region of Andalucia, Kingdom of Spain. This is for real Chiclana de la Frontera ,and Jerez de la Frontera. Gorgeous.

The tourist office sites are here: http://www.turismojerez.com/index.php/tourist-routes/sherry-wine-and-brandy-de-jerez-routes

The sherry wines are made mostly from Palomino grapes in this part of the world for centuries, whites wines of Manzanilla and Fino ,and darker oxidize wines such as Oloroso and Amontillado, and dessert wines done from Moscatel and Pedro Ximenez. The word of Sherry is an English version of Xeres or Jerez. The area covers from Sanlùcar de Barrameda to Puerto de Santa Maria passing by Jerez de la Frontera.

The history here goes back to the Phoenicians to the year 1100 BC! but the distillation was born with the Moors in 711AD ,and from 1264 Under Spanish Kings the wines took on Europe and the rest of the world. The different styles as told above are

Fino (‘fine’ in Spanish) is the driest and palest of the traditional varieties of Sherry. The wine is aged in barrels under a cap of  yeast flour to prevent contact with the air. Manzanilla is an especially light variety of Fino Sherry made around the port of Sanlùcar de Barrameda. Manzanilla Pasada is a Manzanilla that has undergone extended aging or has been partially oxidised, giving a richer, nuttier flavour. Amontillado is a variety of Sherry that is first aged under flor but which is then exposed to oxygen, producing a sherry that is darker than a Fino but lighter than an Oloroso. Naturally dry, they are sometimes sold lightly to medium sweetened but these can no longer be labelled as Amontillado. Oloroso (‘scented’ in Spanish) is a variety of sherry aged oxidative for a longer time than a Fino or Amontillado, producing a darker and richer wine. With alcohol levels  between 18 and 20%, Olorosos are the most alcoholic sherries. Like Amontillado, naturally dry, they are often also sold in sweetened versions called Cream sherry. As with Amontillado “Sweet Oloroso”, “Rich Oloroso” and “Oloroso Dulce” are prohibited terms. Palo Cortado is a variety of Sherry that is initially aged like an Amontillado, typically for three or four years, but which subsequently develops a character closer to a Oloroso. This either happens by accident when the flor dies, or commonly the flor is killed by fortification or filtration. Jerez Dulce (Sweet Sherries) are made either by fermenting dried Pedro Ximénez (PX) or Moscatel grapes, which produces an intensely sweet dark brown or black wine, or by blending sweeter wines or grape must with a drier variety.  Cream is a type of sweet sherry first made in the 1860s by blending different sherries, usually including Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez.

For a further breakdown and official information on Sherry see the official site for the wine here ; http://www.sherry.org/

Here I visited the famous farm-house of Domecq at Finca Los Alburejos with Alvaro Domecq himself riding the horses; http://www.torrestrella.com/los-alburejos  ; and later went to Gonzalez Byass bodega for more wines and Tio Pepe!!! http://www.gonzalezbyass.com/en/

In both properties above had a sumptuous dinner in the bodega or picador arena in the wonderful Andalusian nights to remember forever.

And to do the reverse this time, I stayed at the wonderful Barcelo Sancti Petri Spa Resort at Chiclana de la Frontera. A wonderful pool and waterfall with jacuzzi and japanese style garden lake, disco Siddhartha with an Indian decoration and the Dublin Bay bar Irish Pub. Great amphitheater outdoors, and the buffet resto Almadraba,restaurante Atunante and Spa of course. Just a place not to leave but then again, you do not want to miss the wines!!  You can see it no need to tell you lol!  http://www.barcelo.com/BarceloHotels/en_US/hotels/spain/cadiz/hotel-barcelo-sancti-petri-spa-resort/general-description.aspx

And of course, I took off from Nantes to Jerez de la Frontera airport on a charter jet and then cercanias 1 train to Cadiz train station and bus to 020 to Chiclana ,taxi to the resort above. On the way back we took a taxi to airport at 98€ for four persons. Easy ride and great fun, now enjoy the photos. Until next month’s trips. http://www.nantes.aeroport.fr/  ; http://www.aena.es/csee/Satellite/Aeropuerto-Jerez/en/Home.html

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September 4, 2015

Koblenz on the German corner! Deutsche Eck .

On one of our wandering in the Saar of Germany we decided to go away into the center and we pick Koblenz, a nice city on the rivers Moselle and Rhine or the German corner or Deutsche Eck . The city is very nice and great for walking.

We arrive by car from Trier on the 602 ,then 1, B48 and finally the 9 roads or about 3 hrs. We entered the city and park at the Schaengel Center underground, nice and all around you to walk , here http://www.schaengel-center.de/anfahrt.html . We immediately headed for the tourist office in the Forum Confluences  building across the street. http://www.forum-confluentes.de/index.php?id=1&L=1

After some shopping there, we move on on foot.  By Friedrich-Ebert-Ring 41 street we came across an imposing belltower Church of Christ. We did walk a lot as the city is marvelous with great architectures and figurines on the streets with fountains sometimes; we reach another chapel of St Michael who was mentioned for the first time in 1321 located at An Der Liebfraunkirche street. We continue by Florinsmarkt , we reach the Church of St Florin or Florinskirche.

And we reach the German corner! at the huge statue of emperor William I of Germany and overlooking the river Moselle and Rhine with the great cable car to the fortress above and the quaint restaurants along the riverbank. Such as  the Eiscafe am deutchen eck where we had a great sausage and good beer of kronenbacher, http://www.eiscafe-am-deutschen-eck.de/

We continue on the Basilica of St Castor , a huge wonderful Church that is in itself a must to see. The official site in German here http://www.sankt-kastor-koblenz.de/ and on Koblenz tourist office again in German http://www.koblenz-touristik.de/kultur/kirchen-in-koblenz/basilika-st-kastor.html

Right around it you see the Ludwig museum , and we finish by the former Prussian President building and more wonderful fountains such as the Historiensaeule in Josef-Görres-Platz (square). Passing by the rathaus or city hall and the Jesuits Church where now sits the city hall or Rathause. A wonderful town and good idea we decided to visit it. Certainly worth coming back here.

Enjoy a selection of my pictures of Koblenz. Cheers and have a great weekend.

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September 1, 2015

Fairy tales do happened in Luxembourg city!

Here I go again ,on my summer vacation wandering the roads of France,Luxembourg and Germany. Now this is like coming home to Luxembourg city, we used to come very often even in one day when lived in Versailles. Now we are farther but we manage to come again, always nice memories.

The tourist office is here http://www.lcto.lu/en

In our older rounds we came for the pepperoni lovers pizza and the Mousel beers at Place d’Armes , and of course mingled about. Just for Lunch ::) ; then we came again and saw more of the city and the country. Now we gave it a good tour some old some new places. We came by car from our Germany base, on the A3 around the city into the back of the train station in Lux city. We went straight to our usual parking by place du théatre near the theater of des capucins underground. Then we set on foot all over the city.

Walking around the nice place de Saint Esprit and all the monuments and government buildings over the Viaduc , place de la Constitution, the music kiosk , and the great views over the Peitruss below with the nice church of St Jean (St John), and over the Grond or Grund  into the casements bock ,seeing the little train as when my kids were smaller and recount the story of the Duchesse Maria Teresa of Luxembourg who is born in Havana, Cuba

Getting a look at the wonderful Ducal Palace, again. nice area in front in the place Guillaume II with his equestrian statue, and over the always wonderful Place d’Armes where memories lingered of bringing my boys here to eat even lunch ::) Pizza Hut still there as it is Bananas, and we remember all, now the beer change from Mousel to Bofferding, but the same great service and great pizza. Had our garlic and goat cheese breadsticks, coffees, and beers! A bit technical info on Lux beers ;http://www.brewersofeurope.org/site/countries/figures.php?doc_id=675

and the Luxembourg beer history and breweries here, http://www.europeanbeerguide.net/luxbrew.htm

The nice churches of St Michel and St Alphonse nice elements of a serious city and of course, the magnificent Cathedral Notre Dame , or of the Blessed Virgin with it’s lower chapels and wonderful display of statues, chapels,and ceilings, just great to see again. http://www.lcto.lu/en/place/worship/cathedral-of-the-blessed-virgin

And of course,another one of our favorites ,the Kirchberg district, not just because for me there is many European institutions there but with the family we enjoy the wonderful Auchan shopping center and the cinema Utopolis

http://www.auchan.lu/fr/page/1120/art/83/

https://www.utopolis.lu/fr/

We had another great time in Luxembourg city, I have a colleague who is from there, when I mentioned I went back to Luxembourg ,she shrink her eyes, indeed is a lot nicer than what most think. You should try it; Enjoy the pictures.

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August 30, 2015

Vianden, the Castle and world heritage site

This is Vianden, Luxembourg. I have come close to it but never made it here, perhaps too much driving around. This time I came straight from Echternach on the road N10 and it was fantastic, one of the highlights of the trip as we love castles.

There is a quaint small town ambiance which is superb here, we love it, and nice churches such as St Nicolas and Des Trinitaires; as well as a good cable car that takes you the castle about 15 minutes walking from it for 4,80€ roundtrip. And the river Our with its cascades and levies is nice natural environment to see and walk its banks.

However, all else is secondary to the Castle of Vianden. http://www.castle-vianden.lu/english/visit/index.html

It is open every day from 10h and until 16h to 18h depending the date.  admission is 6€ adults.

You come up a long winding hilly road into the entrance gates, pay, and go up more steps into the first courtyard. YOu follow a sequence of numbered rooms to the Arms hall, archeological crypt, early kitchen, lower chapel (with byzantines designs) ,knight’s study, inner courtyard, upper chapel, Byzantine gallery, JP Kotz hall, Charles Arendt hall, Banqueting hall, bedroom, festivity hall, genealogy hall, grand kitchen, dining hall, the well, knight’s hall, and the large cellars. You can easily spend half day looking at the castle alone or more.

More info in Vianden tourist office here,  http://www.vianden-info.lu/francais/visites-et-decouvertes/patrimoine-historique/le-chteau-de-vianden

The castle is impressive , with great showing , and a nice cafeteria at the way out , suggest though to get something to drink as you start your tour, bottle of water etc as the long up and down sideways can be exhaustive for older and or less active folks.

In all, with only a couple places to see and maybe eat here or take picnic food as we did, you can have a wonderful time in Vianden. We love it, and will be back. Enjoy your Sunday, I am catching up on my trip lol!

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