Archive for November, 2011

Things to do in Madrid

Posted on: November 9th, 2011 by paul

A trip to Madrid will engage you in one of the architectural capitals of Europe. As the capital of Spain, Madrid is also home to some of Europe’s finest museums, restaurants, and night-life.


The “Museo Nacional del Prado” more simply known as the Prado hold’s Madrid’s finest collection of art. Notable works include numerous pieces by Goya, El Greco, and Velazquez. Currently, the Prado is hosting an exhibit from Russia’s Hermitage Museum which will be on display until March 2012.

The typical Madrid evening starts with tapas and drinks at one of the numerous bodegas throughout the downtown core. Partaking in this pre-dinner ritual is a great way to get a taste of the culture. Tostas, various meats and/or cheeses on toasted bread, are a popular choice to accompany a cerveza or vino tinto (red wine). ‘Vinoteca’ and ‘Lateral’ are two great restaurants in Plaza St. Ana that offer a wide variety of delicious tapas and cocktails. Also, the side streets near Puerta del Sol are jammed with great places to sample.


Is Your Luggage Still Fit Enough to Travel?

Posted on: November 6th, 2011 by paul

When you are planning your vacation, you have to account for many different things. You need to make sure that you have your itinerary and that you have your plane, train or cruise tickets. You need to have your accommodations reserved so they will be ready for you by the time you arrive. One of the things that not everyone considers is the type of luggage they are going to be bringing along with them. By the time they start packing, it’s already too late to get anything new. Instead of waiting until the last minute to drag your old suitcase and bags out of the closet, look at them now and see how they hold up.


Secrets to Surviving a Long Layover

Posted on: November 4th, 2011 by paul

Have you ever overcompensated for how much time you actually need between connecting flights? When you are at home in front of your computer booking a flight, a five hour layover doesn’t seem like the worst thing in the world. Well, that moment right there is the one you’ll be cursing when you are dragging your luggage around trying to keep busy for 5 hours at a random airport.

The Top 5 Beaches in the World

Posted on: November 1st, 2011 by paul

Although this is an incredibly subjective viewpoint of a writer, people are always in search of where the ‘most beautiful beaches in the world’ lie. Cramming the beauty and diversity of the world’s coastlines into a structured list is not an easy thing to do. Not to mention, when comparing Frommers to the Lonely Planet to Wikitravel, the order and the contenders are much debated. Nonetheless, from a little bit of research and a little bit of personal experience, here is a well thought out (yet bias) list of the Top 5 most beautiful and esthetically pleasing beaches in the world.