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post #76 of 108
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finally made it to spain. ate at casa botin for lunch today, it was enjoyable. its hot...lots of people in shorts. World youth day is going on.
post #77 of 108
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Casa Botin

Squid Ink cooked in its own ink. Really good....the rice was "al dente" ,but it worked.
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Suckling pig. Served on the bone. crispy skin...
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Their filet botin:
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post #78 of 108
Glad you made it. Make sure you do the tapas scene in La Latina, on Cava Alta and Cava Baja. It isn't far from where you ate at Botin.

If you are interested in shopping, go to the Salamanca district. Walk up and down Serrano, Claudio Coello, and Calle de Jorge Juan. There is a good mens store on Jorge Juan called Gallery Madrid, I believe the address is 38 Jorge Juan.

The World Youth Day thing is built around the Pope's visit. By now he may be gone though.
post #79 of 108
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he's here until sunday. we're here until tuesday...going to def do la latinia tapas. also saw the Mercado de San Miguel around the corner from Plaza Mayor...nice upscale market with small bites, wines, caviar, etc...

we might check out the mass on sunday, its pretty far but it will be a good experience. lots of young people....about to head out on a pub crawl.
post #80 of 108
The Mercado de San Miguel is great, did you go in there? It used to be a standard city market but was converted into a yuppie tapas grazing zone. I had some outstanding oysters at the Galician seafood stall, also percebes, which are barnacles.
post #81 of 108
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went in. didn't have chance to eat. will do in the next few days, they had a bunch of inexpensive small bites. the caviar bites intrigued me...wondering about the raw oysters though, its too warm for them to be any good i think.

did the pub crawl tonight...lets just say it was "well worth the money". foo.gif

prob going to hit up the Prado tomorrow, maybe La Latina and another pub crawl.

looking for more upscale vibe. what is the "rodeo drive" of Madrid?
Edited by Xericx - 8/19/11 at 7:45pm
post #82 of 108
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nm..saw Calle Serrano, might check it out for upscale shopping.

some pics from Mercado San Miguel...had some Jamon Iberico Belotta there.

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post #83 of 108
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Taking the AVE from Madrid to Barcelona tomorrow. How long before the train's departure should one arrive at the station? We have a 11:30am departure.
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Taking the AVE from Madrid to Barcelona tomorrow. How long before the train's departure should one arrive at the station? We have a 11:30am departure.

11AM should be enough if you have an idea where you're going / layout of station and have your ticket already. Without a ticket it's up for grabs given how long lines are. For AVE I usually cut it pretty close but I know the stations well.
post #85 of 108
Thanks for the pics and descriptions...I'll be in Madrid and Barcelona for just under a week total, come October. Great inspiration in this thread.
post #86 of 108
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11AM should be enough if you have an idea where you're going / layout of station and have your ticket already. Without a ticket it's up for grabs given how long lines are. For AVE I usually cut it pretty close but I know the stations well.

Yup. that was when they gave us the gate assignment. It was kind of expensive, about $170 one way for the AVE.
post #87 of 108
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Thanks for the pics and descriptions...I'll be in Madrid and Barcelona for just under a week total, come October. Great inspiration in this thread.

madrid was great. it is much more "spanish" than barcelona which is more cosmopolitan.



i'll put more up.
post #88 of 108
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nm..saw Calle Serrano, might check it out for upscale shopping.

some pics from Mercado San Miguel...had some Jamon Iberico Belotta there.


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madrid was great. it is much more "spanish" than barcelona which is more cosmopolitan.



Yeah, I tell people go to Madrid if you want to see Spain, go to Barcelona if you want to see Europe.
post #89 of 108
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this was in the La Latina section. the tapas bars seemed a bit intimidating for us non-spanish speakers but did wander into this great restaurant.

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a bull themed bar
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Callos...stewed tripe. Awesome and I hate Tripe. there was blood sausage and chorizo in there as well....perfect.

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Foie and Mushrooms
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The stewed Ox/Bull Tail
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incredible. served with patatas. it reminded me of the poutin over at Animal restaurant in LA.


great meal. in Barcelona now, the women here are amazing looking.
post #90 of 108
excellent, you take better pics than I do! I miss it already : /

You sound like you don't need any advice, but here are a few Barcelona suggestions:

--Walk along La Rambla, a 4km or so pedestrian walkway along the west side of the historic district. Everybody does this; you would end up doing it even if I hadn't suggested it.

--While on La Rambla, go into the la Boqueria market, which has an entrance off la Rambla: http://www.barcelona.com/barcelona_directory/monuments/boqueria_market

--Visit the Barcelona Cathedral and take the elevator to the top, where you can walk around on the roof and get a panorama of the city.

--Go to la Sagrada Familia (Gaudi church) EARLY to miss the lines. In the afternoon the line streches around the block.

--Wander around the Gothic Quarter, both during the day and at night when the party scene gets rolling.

--I will get you a restaurant recommendation, but it may take a few days. I went to a special place where a friend knew the cook and I forgot the name of it.

-- Go to the Camp Nou (soccer stadium) if you are a soccer fan. The line is horrendous. Requires a cab ride from the historic district.

-- Miro museum, requires a cab ride. Good museum but Madrid is a better museum town.

-- Park Guell, the famous Gaudi park. Do not go in the heat of the day. Recommend cab ride. http://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/gaudi/park-guell.html

La Sagrada Familia -- this is the view from the park across the street. Looks like the Wizard of Oz is remodeling.

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