THE COLLEGE CARE PACKAGE – “SOFT, MOIST & CHEWY OATMEAL WALNUT COOKIES”

Those of you out there with kids away at college will relate to this.  My second born son, Taylor, is a senior at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. That happens to be 2,483 miles away from me!  He stayed at Duke this summer to do research for a favorite professor and then finished off […]

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“HOLY TOLEDO” – A VISIT TO THE CATHEDRAL OF TOLEDO, SPAIN

“Holy Toledo”  isn’t just an expression!  The historic walled city in central Spain known as Toledo is positively packed with religious sites.  The city is often compared to Jerusalem and its historical landscape has been called biblical.  That is because this very unique and richly diverse city was impacted over time by three different religions.  Like Jerusalem, […]

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A VISIT TO THE ANCIENT WALLED CITY OF TOLEDO, SPAIN

When people ask me for advice about where to go in Spain, I always say, “Start in Madrid.”  Madrid is centrally located geographically in the center of Spain and is a major airline hub.  But more importantly, beyond the attractions and beauty of Madrid is the fact that it is within a short high-speed train ride […]

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DINNER AT THE OLDEST RESTAURANT IN THE WORLD – MADRID, SPAIN

Just up the street from Botin lies another of Madrid’s famous restaurants, Las Cuevas de Luis Candelas. http://www.lascuevasdeluiscandelas.com/ Las Cuevas means “the caves” in Spanish and this restaurant is actually housed in caves located under the Arco de Cuchilleros. In the early 1800’s these caves were a hideout for a famous bandit known as Luis Candelas. The legend of Luis Candelas lived on when in 1949 the caves were purchased by a famous Spanish Bullfighter named Felix Colomo Diez and turned into the restaurant it is today. I have vivid memories of enjoying delicious meals here too when I was a young girl visiting Madrid with my dad. At that time the bullfighter himself greeted the guests and meeting him left a lasting impression in my memories of Spain. I remember the walls of the restaurant being decorated with bullfighting paraphernalia which was impressive to a wide eyed 11 year old. I returned here many times on subsequent visits to Spain but did not have time for a visit on this trip.

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CHOCOLATERIA SAN GINES – CHURROS & CHOCOLATE IN MADRID, SPAIN

As a first generation American of Spanish descent, I have visited Spain many, many times over the course of my lifetime.  My father was raised in Spain and although he no longer lives there, Spain will always be his home.  At the age of 11 he took me to Madrid for the first time.  He […]

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EXPLORING MADRID, SPAIN

Day Two in Madrid, Spain So, as it turns out, we flew 5,829 miles to see our son Taylor in Madrid, only to discover that he would be leaving the next day to embark on his own Iberian Odyssey, without us!  A last minute trip had been planned to the north of Spain with one […]

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