As I write this I suddenly realise that Engine Room gets all sniffy about too much info in one post so have split this into two.
Last weekend Mme and I spent 3 days in Spain which is unusual for us (Spain that is) as we have never really rated what we have seen of it so far.
The first day was in a Parador – this link tells you a bit about them and you can look up any place you fancy – though frankly the buildings and comfort are wonderful but do your best to avoid eating in them. Having tried 7 so far, we have only ever had one good, let alone outstanding, meal.
But then it was on to Madrid for 2 days and a brilliant hotel right on
Plaza Neptuno. Note that we were nowhere near Plaza Mayor (the sort of Piccadilly of Madrid which, frankly, sucks and is full of rubbish (of all descriptions and very sad).
By sheer luck we were there when (in the surrounding back streets) there was the most wonderful ‘happening’ where Mme had her fill of her earlier life as an antique dealer and Glynsky really enjoyed himself amongst all sorts of stalls
selling predominately art nouveau and cafes in the same area.
And there were even excellent pop up restaurants
which all led us to the decision that Madrid is seriously cool and competing for a favourite place to go alongside Lisbon which we love.
Yours, diablog, with a new destination