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Paseo República de Cuba, 4, 28009 Madrid, Spain
No matter what the season, it's worthwhile to wander through the exquisite Retiro Park when you're in Madrid. Here you can find a tranquil escape from crowded streets and museums. The unrivaled architecture of Madrid is echoed here in the...
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Plaza Murillo, 2, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Real Jardin Botanico, the Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid, is a peaceful place to get out of the city streets and stroll around in nature. Fountains and sculptures are scattered throughout the 5,500 species of living plants, trees and flowers....
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Plaza de España, 28008 Madrid, Spain
If you visit Madrid, don't miss the famous Don Quixote and Sancho statues, located close to the Metro stop in Plaza de Espana. They are situated right in front of a fountain and early in the morning the water mirrors the statue—making it feel...
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Sol, Madrid, Spain
Spain's streets are alive with the sound of music, and nowhere more than Madrid. This enchanting harpist can be typically be found on the street connecting Sol to Opera, but fret not if you don't find her - our streets are packed with talented...
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Calle Ferraz, 1, 28008 Madrid, Spain
Stone by stone, second-century BC Debod Temple was reconstructed in Spain in an effort, called to action by UNESCO, to save its demise when the site was threatened by the construction of the Great Dam of Aswan. As a sign of gratitude for the help...
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Calle del León, 12, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Cheese connoisseurs, welcome to heaven. Casa Gonzalez has been serving up the widest selection of queso (cheese) with an authentic flair for years. The wine list does not disappoint and somehow the service is always smiling, even when the bar is...
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28028 Madrid, Spain
A trip to Las Ventas is a must in Madrid. Tickets are available for those who wish to attend un corrido and tours are available for others who don't care for the bullfight. If you decide to watch this Spanish tradition in action, buy a seat and...
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Plaza Sta. Ana, 15, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Arguably Madrid’s most well-known flamenco show, Villa Rosa puts on a wonderful performance nightly. If you are lucky enough to get a table near the stage it is unlikely you will have ever felt so alive during a dinner in your life. Instead of...
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Calle de la Palma, 49, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Though toma means "Take it" in Spanish, this cafe offers more than takeaway service. With a very intimate lounge, Toma's staff are able to interact with customers while showing off their impressive coffee knowledge as well as English. Homemade...
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San Diego, CA, USA
San Diego has over a half dozen rooftop bars. Due to our mild weather and beautiful skyline, there are several places to enjoy a few drinks with friends. My personal favorite is Altitude- picture here- because you can see the most of the skyline....
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Balboa Park, San Diego, CA, USA
Balboa park is a landscape of arts and culture in San Diego, including museums, such as The Natural History Museum, and the Museum of Photographic Arts. The photo above is of the large koi pond outside the botanical garden house. It makes for a...
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Hillcrest, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
Hillcrest is a quirky and vibrant neighborhood filled with boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops, artists, bookstores, thrift stores and more. One of San Diego's oldest neighborhoods, Hillcrest borders the northern tip of Balboa Park, Park Blvd to...
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880 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
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Island Prime is one of the Cohen brother's group of restaurants and is now a new favorite of ours. The salmon was tender and served with a delicious black linguini. My husband's skirt steak was grilled just right. They have a good wine list and...
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1250 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
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This is a great restaurant if you want to sit somewhere for a good meal and a fabulous 180-degree view of the La Jolla coastline. I love bringing visiting friends and family- after eating we can go shopping, walk down by the La Jolla cove or drive...
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750 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
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With two stories and multiple patio choices, you will have a fantastic view of the San Diego Bay anywhere you sit. In 1976, The Fish Market was started by a fisherman and his friend, who was a boat captain and a gourmand. The history shows,...
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4344 Convoy St Q, San Diego, CA 92111, USA
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You can find sushi at Ichiro's, but this is not a sushi restaurant. They carry many traditional Japanese dishes. One of my favorites is the Tenzaru Soba (cold buckwheat noodles) pictured above. Really good after a hike on a hot day. For dessert,...
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1790 W Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
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Yoshino's is located on the North end of India street in San Diego. Because it's near my office, I come here at least once a month to eat lunch. This end of India street has some great places to eat, on these couple blocks you can find- Lucha...
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520 Front St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
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The pancakes and crepes, here, are delicious: My favorites on the menu are the mandarin orange crepes, and the veggie omelet, which is light, fluffy, and full of veggies! We enjoy coming here for breakfast because we are early risers; Richard...
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4141 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116, USA
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Kensington Cafe is located in the Kensington neighborhood of San Diego. We come here a couple times a month when we want something early- they open at 7am- and we're on a budget. Check out this Sandy Eggan for just under $7 and it's loaded with...
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2929 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
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It's easy for me—dessert is my favorite meal. But, even if you are not a fan of the sweeter things in life, you'll be impressed by this shop. The cakes and pastries here are works of art, both inside and out, with elaborate fresh fruit and flower...