Madrid is one of Europe’s largest cities, full of exciting experiences for tourists and locals alike. Three and a half million people live within its boundaries, while near six and half complete the metropolitan area. While its modernity is paralleled with other large cities around the world, its history, brimming with life behind its moorish walls, is not. We heard from many people who visited Madrid that it isn’t special, it’s just another big city. We didn’t expect to fall for Madrid, but the big city vibe was complimented perfectly by historic art and unbelievable food. We fell for this city and would love to help you fall for it too.
The internet is excessively full of travel sites (I guess that puts us on the list, too). Twenty different sites may offer you the same thing and promise you the best price. It’s hard to figure out which site is going to give you the best information and the best deal. We’ve figured out which sites work the best for us and continue to revisit them for all of our travel needs.
Barcelona is known for magnificent sights, mouth-watering food, and vibrant colors. People flock to buildings on the street like they flock to paintings in museums. Recently, Barcelona is starting to turn its spirits into an art form through unique cocktails, a young craft beer scene, and a fresh craft distillation scene. It has something for everyone found in its small cafes, modern breweries, and raging clubs.
Typical nights out in Kansas start and end relatively early, since bars close around 2 a.m. Typical nights out in Spain are the opposite and took some getting used to. We stayed in the Gran Via area, known as “Spanish Broadway.” This area is vibrant, bustling, and teeming with great bars serving up everything from two euro sangria to finely-crafted cocktails.
Montréal is a city of integrated culture, prestigious universities, and fresh cheese curds smothered in gravy. It’s easy to forget exactly where you are; on one block skyscrapers tower over you while the next brings the feel of a small town, filled with local shops, art, and homes. Cats hug your legs, and people greet you with a smile. Montréal has something for everyone, the family, the foodie, and the partier.
The activities here vary depending on the season. Spend summer months exploring the parks and winter months on the ice rink. No matter the time of year, Montreal is full of hidden gems, some more difficult to find than others.
A city passed between British and French rule during the Seven Year War, Quebec City landed under French rule in 1763 and from there, blossomed, embodying a mixture of French and Canadian culture. Two hundred and fifty years later, the winding cobblestone streets are packed tight with shops that fill the air with wafts of poutine, chocolate, and maple. We explored these charming streets in both the older, history-rich Old Town and in the newer, bohemian-styled Saint-Jean. Although there is much to see in Québec and the surrounding area, here’s how we did it in two days.
Going out in Montréal was an interesting experience for us since the official languages are both French and English. We want to respect other countries’ languages, but my French is rusty at best, and Madeline and Matt’s is nonexistent. We didn’t know what language was more polite to start with, or if it’s even something worth fretting over. Our question was answered every time I attempted to break out my French and was promptly answered in English. The men I spoke to were very encouraging and told me I had excellent French, whereas the women didn’t even bother trying to speak French to me. For whatever reason, I feel like the men were lying…