Month: January 2015

Vamos a Sevilla y…

David is a navigator extraordinaire but for some reason in Seville we couldn’t get our bearings. We got lost from the train station on the way to our hotel. The streets seem to go for a block and then change name so it took us a while to find our way. All that aside Seville is a great place to visit and a great pied de terre for day trips to nearby towns. On top of that the weather in November is great. The Moorish influence is felt here just as much as in Granada. I was determined to visit the Alcazar, a palace in the middle of the city which was rumored to impress. Impressed I was by the tile decor and beautiful lush gardens surrounding the palace. Even in November there were trees full of oranges. Only 1 hour and 45 minutes from Seville is the coastal town of Cadiz. We made the trip there only for the day. We spend the day walking along the coast and soaking in the sun. Ronda was another one …

Hola Madrid!

The Spanish have found the recipe to good living: delicious food, good company, great art, beautiful parks and all these can be found in the city of Madrid. Lucky for us we like to incorporate all of those things in our travels :-). For a dose of history we started with a visit of the Royal Palace. The royal family does not live here anymore but the palace is still used for royal ceremonies. Photography is not allowed inside but it’s worth the visit. Each room is unique and lavishly decorated. Right next to the palace is Catedral de la Almudena. We were impressed by the stunning frescoes and grandiose architecture. We ate a lot on this trip but it was all in the name of research:). La Latina neighbourhood is a great place for tapas. First time ordering tapas was a little intimidating since the place had no menus or seats. We ordered by pointing at the tapas laid on the counter and managed to find ourselves a spot standing at the bar. Now …

Walking Toronto

Another trip to Toronto and I was blown away by the city’s ingenious architecture. Modern buildings stand next to buildings from the last century and have been beautifully integrated into Toronto’s skyline.    Quirky street art decorates the facade of buildings.    Great wood architectural details at the Art Gallery of Ontario: hallway gallery and wooden staircase designed by Frank Gehry.    Great historical buildings in what once was the home of Gooderham and Worts Distillery. The Distillery District’s buildings now house cafes, restaurants and shops.