Touring New York City’s Markets

Touring New York City’s Markets

New York City is often synonymous with shopping. Its Fifth Avenue is one of the busiest streets on the Planet and one of the world’s epicenters for shopping. However, there is life beyond 5th Avenue and we are going to prove it. If you want to do some shopping in New York without feeling like a tourist, take good note of these tips. Let’s go shop around the city’s markets! Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market With its nearly 200 stands, this little flea market on 39th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenue, is a world upon itself of second hand baseball globes, license plates from every state, clothes… and all that at very reasonable prices considering New York. Who doesn’t want to take home a vintage New York City souvenir? Chelsea Market This market on Ninth Avenue is one of the trendiest places in town and a mandatory visit for all urban market lovers. Located at the former Nabisco factory where Oreo cookies were invented, it is the perfect place to buy fresh produce and have lunch or dinner.  Among the vast gastronomic diversity on offer there is Italian food, Sushi, Tacos, organic food and many other succulent options. Bon appétit! Soho Antique Fair and Collectibles Market At the heart of the hipsterest district in town, between Broadway and Grand Street, this New York market is on a par with Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market. Its 100 stands hold anything and everything from affordable antiques to collector’s items. Moreover, this market is the perfect excuse to explore the streets of Soho and discover its cafes, restaurants and unique bookstores. Quintessential! Union Square Greenmarket...
Alternative Plans to the Milan Expo

Alternative Plans to the Milan Expo

Milan is not just any city. The Italian capital of fashion is a glowing city with a well-defined personality, and now also host to one of the most international events, the 2015 EXPO. But Milan is a lot more than that, and here is proof. Are you ready to delve into the mysteries of this Italian city? Beyond the Duomo The Milan Cathedral is the city’s most emblematic monument, and not just because it was seen around the world when a small Duomo replica hit Silvio Berlusconi’s face in 2009. This impressive cathedral reigns sovereign at the very heart of the city, and from the panoramic terrace of its rooftop, one gets the feeling the world is at his feet. Don’t miss out on it! If after the mandatory visit to Milan Cathedral you start feeling hungry, we have just the thing: panzerotti Luini. A few steps away from the heart of Milan you’ll be able to taste this excellent Italian recipe consisting of flour dough stuffed with tomato sauce, mozzarella, and even ham and spinach. Panzerotti Luini are delicious and absolutely affordable! The epicenter of the fashion industry, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, Via della Spiga, Via Montenapoleone…, is also conveniently located right around Milan Cathedral. But if you can’t afford the prices, worry not. At Kilo Fascion you’ll find designer brands from previous seasons sold by weight! This peculiar outlet, located right by San Babila prices items by weight, independently of the brand name, and so bargains abound. All things said, be ready to make your way through piles of clothes in your search for treasure. If you don’t want...
Madrid’s San Isidro Festivities

Madrid’s San Isidro Festivities

May is right around the corner, and with it, Madrid’s San Isidro Labrador Festivities. From May 8th to 17th, the Spanish capital dons its festive attire to celebrate the festivity of its patron saint. Fun times and folklore are guaranteed. Fancy soaking up the local culture of Madrid? Well, this is your chance. Come and join the San Isidro Festivities! Madrid’s San Isidro Festivities revolve around the figure of Isidore the Farm Laborer, to whom more than 100 miracles are attributed, all of them related to water. Not surprisingly, he is the patron saint of farmers, and he is rumored to have had the gift of finding water. It is for this reason that Madrid’s proudest and most devout locals make their way down to the Pradera de San Isidro on May 15th, to take part in the traditional procession and to have a drink of the agua del santo (holy water) sprouting from the stream near the San Isidro chapel; and all this in their chulapos and chulapas attire. Such a sight to behold! Midafternoon, the prairie is pretty much lined with rosquillas (typical ring-shaped pastries) and lemonade. If you have a sweet tooth, this is your lucky day, as you’ll be able to choose among rosquillas tontas (with egg), rosquillas listas (with egg and sugar icing), rosquillas de Santa Clara (with meringue frosting) and rosquillas francesas (with almonds). Finger licking good! If folklore and traditional dance is something for you, don’t hesitate to make your way up to Las Vistillas to see the chulapos and chulapas dance chotis, dressed in their typical costumes. This traditional dance, which...
World Book Day – Writers We Have Travelled With

World Book Day – Writers We Have Travelled With

World Book Day is upon us, and we’d like to celebrate this literary event by revisiting some of the writers whose works have taken us on journeys to extraordinary worlds. They are no longer with us but their literary legacy still takes us to dream places, and we wanted to pay them tribute by exploring their most adventurous side, which served, no doubt, as source of inspiration for some of their most popular works. Buckle up because we are off on a journey with some of the main writers in world literature:   Miguel De Cervantes is the textbook case of the term traveler. The maximum exponent of Spanish literature not only roamed about carefree in his masterpiece Don Quixote, but the latter is also the depiction of a life spent journeying through the Iberian Peninsula and the Mediterranean. In 1569, the young Cervantes became an outlaw and fled to Rome, only to continue his Italian wanderings through cities like Milan, Florence, Venice, or Palermo. Shortly thereafter he boarded the galley Marquesa under the direct command of Juan de Austria, and fought in the battle of Lepanto, where an arquebus blast severely injured his left hand. This event earned him the nickname by which he is popularly known in Spain, El manco de Lepanto (the one-handed man of Lepanto). After some time recovering from his war wounds in Messina, he returned to his warring exploits to defend Tunisia, Lisbon, Toledo, La Mancha, and Andalusia until death found him in Madrid in 1616, after a lengthy pilgrimage. Although it has never been verified whether William Shakespeare actually traveled to Italy, it...
Apartments for True Geeks

Apartments for True Geeks

Barcelona is putting on its superhero costume from April 16th to 19th to welcome the 33rd International Comic Fair at Fira Barcelona Montjuïc. The weekend will see the city turn into a comic mecca, and a big entourage of fans of the comic book and graphic novel world will use their superpowers to take over the Catalonian capital. This edition of the fair will be attended by artists and illustrators of international renown, and will pay tribute, by means of two monographic exhibitions, to two of the most relevant characters in the history of comics, the Joker and Captain America, both of which turn 75 in 2015. If you publicly admit to being a comic fiend; if you secretly dream about becoming a superhero; or if you respond to the call of geek as if you’d just heard your own name- we have the perfect accommodation for you. Apartments for true geeks. They all look like they just popped out of the pages of a comic book! The Joker’s Hideout This avant-garde apartment could well be the Barcelonian hideout of the wickedest clown in the history of comic books. Don’t let Batman catch you in the Catalonian capital in it. Feel like a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle If you always dreamed of being the fifth ninja and living wild adventures in the sewers next to Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Donatello, this Budapest apartment might just make your dreams come true. Battle evil overlords while you explore Budapest and make this apartment your underground headquarters. At the Simpsons’ If you’ve lost count of the number of times you’ve watched the same old...