Eating My Way Through Spain Part 1

 Back in October Will and I traveled to northern Spain- to a region known as Basque.

Our main objective:  To eat our way through the one of the worlds best food regions.  This small area of Spain boasts more Michelin star restaurants per capita than anywhere else in Europe and our goal was to dine in as many as our stomachs would allow.  If you are in desperate need of a vacation I highly recommend this area.  The food is unbelievable, the people are so kind (not to mention stunningly beautiful) and the museums are some of the best in the world.

Here is a little recap of our trip:


 Hotel:  Hotel Meninas 
Can't say enough wonderful things about this hotel.  Great location, free breakfast and close to metro.

Our Room

Mercado de San Miguel is a must.  This market is filled with 50 + food vendors selling everything from seafood to cheese, meats and baked goods. 

Dinner our first night in Madrid- Jamon Iberico, Manchango Cheese and rose'
Olives, Sardines and Peppers

Other Madrid Highlights

Prado Museum

Prado Museum
If you only have a few days in Madrid, I recommend visiting the many art museums the city has to offer.  As an art history major at Birmingham-Southern I studied and dissected many of the great works hanging at the Prado.
A few that are not to be missed...

Garden of Earthly Delights: Hieronymus Bosch
The Third of May 1080: Francisco Goya

Las Meninas: Francisco Goya

Reina Sofia Museum 

This art museum is home to countless Picasso's.  His famous Guernica is a must see!  

My dear art history professor Doc Sloane made each of his seniors write a list of the ten paintings/sculptures we wanted to see before we die--an art history bucket list you could call it.  I still have mine tucked away in one of my textbooks.   This painting was number three on my list.  The overall size will take your breath away--11.5' x 25.5'. 

Other Madrid Highlights

Dating back to 1725, this is the oldest restaurant in the world.  Go for the succulent roast suckling pig with crispy skin.  Touristy, yes.  But you go to say you ate in World's oldest restaurant. 
Sobrino de Gotin

Museo del Jamon

Dotted around town, the various branches of the 'Ham Museum' are a sight to behold, with dozens of hams dangling from the ceiling. You can sample their wares at the bar or in their restaurants.

We spent two full days in Madrid and then started driving north to Bilbao.  We rented a car with GPS but did not read fine print in contract.  Big Mistake.  Maria, as we lovingly referred to our GPS voice did not speak English.  Note:  if you plan to rent a car overseas, read fine print and PAY MORE for English.  

Part 2 of Spain Trip coming tomorrow

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