Madrid, Spain (or My Fave City in Europe)

My favorite city ever! Jamon sandwiches for 1 euro and Churros con chocolate for breakfast (at Chocolateria San Gines). Also, tapas galore; we ate at Mercado de San Miguel (more of an indoor market where you can get all kinds of different croquetas, jamon, oysters, and fresh juice), Taberna Tempranillo (great wine selection for a few euros a glass and many diffferent kinds of toasts with tomatoes, mushrooms, or cod), and Juanalaloca (tortilla espanola to die for and a really great sirloin fillet with quail egg). What more could you ask for? Oh yeah, a couple of the best museums in the world are free during weekends; I’m looking at you El Prado on Friday night and Queen Reina Sofia on Saturday. Also, handmade espadrilles for low tens of euros at Casa Hernanz (on Calle de Toledo). Add in a huge park (Parque del Retiro) which hosts a bookselling street and you have the perfect city. One interesting thing is that people are literally out at all hours (except morning ones). You will see children playing at 11pm on the playground and seniors chilling out at the cafe at 5am.

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