Four days in Madrid is not enough to get all the flavours of this addictive city. However it is certainly enough to give you a taste to come back for more. One restaurant is worth mentioning; El Imparcial Madrid. Created few years ago in the previous location of the newspaper El Imparcial Madrid (keeping the name was a genius decision), the restaurant is barely noticeable from the streets as the front shop is actually a concept store, mixing cultural events with books, posters, gift items and so on. We would never have experienced it should our landlord not have recommended it.
Entering the place takes you through displays of funky books and artifacts. The stuff that looks good in a shop but looses parts of its charm once you take them home (am amazed at how attractive and cleverly displayed these places are).
To access the restaurant you take the beautiful stairs up to the first floor, greeted by eclectic decor on walls and hanging artifacts.
The restaurant is divided into one main large very lit room and several antichambres for more cosy environment. All furniture seemed to be taken from another era. Retro style. Mirrors. Gold bordered tables. Plush chairs. Round marble tables. Windows offering cosy view of the street and loads of light into the space.
The welcoming and gorgeous setting makes it difficult to dislike the rest of the experience. The food menu is charming, with traditional spanish items such as Patatas Bravas, and Ceviche, but with a little twist transforming it into a delightful and urban feel. Nevertheless not an extraordinary culinary experience. The price bracket is correct, dishes ranging between 6-18 €. I would recommend to stick to the many starters and Hits dishes as they offer a myriad of flavours (in comparison to the extensive pizza list that were normal and a bit flavourless.). Our selection of dessert fell on a delicious crème brûlée with red fruits (2 tiny blackberries !).
A definite must when you visit Madrid, especially if you fancy places with a modern but retro twist and excellent wine.
I know this is going to be repetitive for some of you, but not sharing this magical walk is too selfish! Please bear with me and I am sure you will enjoy to some extend what we experienced first hand. ..Some of these pictures are taken by my son georges who has a good eye for beauty ( thanks God my love of beauty is being transmitted to my young ones!)
It is truly beyond description…am fascinated and in awe of these moments…
Kikhavn is a fairytale village on the border of the North Western coast of Sealand in Denmark. Orange and red coloured brick cottages with hay roofs and surrounded by wooden cottages, mostly painted in black or brown…a maize of colours and houses. Some even inviting us as the local café with a mix of chairs and tables, offering hot cocoa and home made cake. .
These houses are beautiful seen early morning with the warm light of the rising sun..but during our evening stroll everything takes a magical appeal. A golden and pink light falls and embrases the village.
We walk in silence and enjoy imagining whom lives behind the now closed doors. .
Several houses offer to the lucky hikers a selection of their home produce, all neatly placed on wooden and sometimes flashy metal tables, with a price list neatly written on a piece of paper, beside a glass jar for the money.
Hope you will enjoy the most soft and mesmerising sunset to this day, photos taken by my son Georges…am discovering talents here!
If you are to some fun and exploration then this 600 m2 flee market on a road between two villages, asserbo and frederiksvaerk in northern Denmark is the place…you are met by myriad of knick knacks, porcelain, dolls, 50 year old tabloid magazines, phones from 80 years ago, silver cutlery, zillion of wooden frames and faded paintings, vintage furniture and fur coats. ..all of that served with a warm cup of coffee in pretty little white porcelain cups and even a piece of chocolate marble cake! Ole the owner of this ali baba cavern meets you with a smile and will pretty much accept your price for your findings. .
Definitely a place to visit and who knows, you might find your next perfect vintage orange glass plate for your collection!
If you can’t get enough of trees and the wonderful feeling that emanates from their energy, then this peaceful stroll in the woods of hundested is for you to enjoy…wish I can keep this sense of inner happiness in me for ever..
I was in desperate need of greenery, of oxygen, of pure fresh air and of nature..a trip to my second home; Denmark, fulfilled me with all of the above..hope you can enjoy the freshness of it all through my pictures…
If you are need of some colors, happy people, lovely scenery, funky shopping, arts and paintings, fish and chips, fresh air, kids activity and nature playground, then kikhavn is the place…only 45 minutes drive from copenhagen…
Walking through the harbour is a colourful and delighful moment. ..