Author: Nellie Huang

HipHop Festival Cultura Urbana

HipHop Festival Cultura Urbana
As summer lurks around the corner, music festivals are popping up all over the country, one of which is the Cultura Urbana. The biggest international hiphop festival in Spain, Cultura Urbana, will be stirring up quite a storm in Madrid come 15th May. With lineups of local and international hiphop artistes,...
May 10th, 2010 | Madrid | Read More

Skydive Madrid

Skydive Madrid
There are thousands of ways to see Madrid from above – but of course, the most thrilling one would have to be skydiving. For the dare-devils, leaping off a small jet at 4000m above the ground will surely feed your thirst for adrenaline and give you an alternative perspective of the city. Whether you...
May 9th, 2010 | Madrid | Read More

A Taste of Hawaii in Madrid

A Taste of Hawaii in Madrid
At Hawaiano Mauna Loa, prepare to be swept off your feet, into the warm waves of tropical Hawaiian heat. Decked out in rattan walls, wooden furniture and multi-colored flower garlands, Mauna Loa transports you into a completely different world – one where smooth ocean music and relaxing vibes surround...
May 8th, 2010 | Madrid | Read More

WOMAD Cáceres 2010

WOMAD Cáceres 2010
One of the world’s biggest international music festival is taking Spain by storm this weekend! WOMAD will be held from 6th to 9th May in the historical center of Extremadura’s capital Cáceres. With an impressive line-up of international artistes, endless rows of merchandise stalls and a huge...
May 7th, 2010 | Madrid | Read More

Bookworms Alert! Cosy Second-hand Bookstore in Madrid

Bookworms Alert! Cosy Second-hand Bookstore in Madrid
One of my personal favorite hangout in Madrid is the J&J Bookstore in downtown Madrid. A self-confessed bookworm and guidebook buff (don’t ask me why!), I spend hours holed up in J&J’s basement, scoaring through the enormous collections of books it has. Chillout Cafe From recently...
May 2nd, 2010 | Madrid | Read More

Flamenco Show in Madrid

Flamenco Show in Madrid
Corral de la Morería sets the golden standards for flamenco tablaos in Madrid, with performances by the finest artistes and performaers from all over the country. Frequented by high-profile celebrities and ministers, this is where you go to see the creme de la creme of the flamenco world. How Dating...
May 1st, 2010 | Madrid | Read More

Unusual Hotel Stay: Cappadocia Cave Hotel

Unusual Hotel Stay: Cappadocia Cave Hotel
Amidst Cappadocia’s magical fairy chimneys and unworldly landscape, you’ll find several cave hotels that are unique in design, decor and setting. Carved out of volcanic rocks, these hotels give you the rare opportunity of sleeping in an extraordinary setting. Imagine waking up to the view of mountain...
May 1st, 2010 | Istanbul | Read More

Hot-Air Ballooning Cappadocia

Hot-Air Ballooning Cappadocia
Floating mid-air, we slowly rise above the sharp peaks of oddly-shaped fairy chimneys to find the rosy red sun in our faces. We are atop a hot-air balloon, flying above one of the best ballooning spots in the world: Cappadocia. Cappadocia is known for its mystical landscapes dotted with over thousands...
April 28th, 2010 | Istanbul | Read More

Authentic Iberian Flavors at Taberna Real

Authentic Iberian Flavors at Taberna Real
Many say that the way to understand a country is through its food. Let’s not forget to mention that Spain in particular, is a gastronomic paradise. You can’t come to Spain without sampling its signature dishes and world-known tapas – and they’re everywhere, you don’t have to seek high and...
April 24th, 2010 | Madrid | Read More

Splurge Madrid: A night at the Ritz

Splurge Madrid: A night at the Ritz
Looking to indulge yourself in Madrid? Expect your experience at the Ritz to be one of the most extraordinary hotel stays ever. Housed in a Renaissance building and polished up with fine furnishing and lavish chandeliers, the hotel itself makes for an excellent introduction to Spanish luxury travel. Each...
April 23rd, 2010 | Madrid | Read More

Rock Out at FestiMad

Rock Out at FestiMad
As summer lurks in the distance, several music festivals are hitting Madrid by storm. One such music event to take note of is the Festimad. A whole bonanza of eclectic band performances and raw music presentations will be sweeping the crowd away. This event is specially noted as an opportunity for potential...
April 22nd, 2010 | Madrid | Read More

Snap Shot Wednesday: Madrid’s Commercial Hub

Snap Shot Wednesday: Madrid’s Commercial Hub
Contrasting the modern and new age sides of Madrid, the photo gives an excellent peek into the multi-faceted city. Old and new, weathered and contemporary edifices stand side by side. After having featured several photos on the city’s historical jewels in the previous weeks, I am showcasing Madrid’s...
April 21st, 2010 | Madrid | Read More

Day-trip from Madrid: UNESCO City of Aranjuez

Day-trip from Madrid: UNESCO City of Aranjuez
Looking to escape the city this weekend? Those living in Madrid are in luck, as there are plenty of historical sites, charming cities and gorgeous countryside close enough to make an excellent day-trip. Aranjuez, just 29 miles from the Spanish capital, lays claim as a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural...
April 15th, 2010 | Madrid | Read More

Snap Shot Wednesday: Catedral de la Almudena

Snap Shot Wednesday: Catedral de la Almudena
Unlike most Spanish cities, Madrid did not have a cathedral until 1879. For the Catholic nation, a city with no cathedral was extremely unusual – almost every city, not to mention, a major one, has its own unique cathedral. The idea of building a cathedral in Madrid was only born after the decision...
April 14th, 2010 | Madrid | Read More

Modern Spanish Cuisine at La Sede

Modern Spanish Cuisine at La Sede
For the finest and trendiest in Madrid’s dining scene, you won’t go wrong at La Sede. Blending the latest in modern cuisine and a cutting edge interior design immaculately, the restaurant impresses even the most refined culinary experts. My partner brought me here for a surprise dinner –...
April 13th, 2010 | Madrid | Read More

Almoneda: Antique and Art Fair

Almoneda: Antique and Art Fair
This week, Madrid will play host to one of the biggest antique and art fairs in the world. Over 25,000 genuine items of antiquities, historical art and collections will be on display. All of them have at least 50 years of history and are original pieces from all corners of Spain and its neighboring countries. Spanning...
April 12th, 2010 | Madrid | Read More

Splurge in Style: 5 Boutique Hotels

Splurge in Style: 5 Boutique Hotels
Madrid is a city of old and new, contemporary vs classic vintage, old-school architecture against slick cutting-edge edifices. For a closer look at the futuristic side of the city, a stay at the top boutique hotels in town is a must. The stylish ones will be happy to know there are plenty of options...
April 9th, 2010 | Madrid | Read More

EcoCentro Takes the Stage

EcoCentro Takes the Stage
‘In harmony with yourself and your environment‘ – the slogan of the one and only eco-living establishment in Madrid tells us all that it represents. Amidst the bustling metropolis, Ecocentro seeks to provide a respite for urban dwellers. Especially for those in search of an alternative...
April 9th, 2010 | Madrid | Read More

Snap Shot Wednesday: Spring in Retiro Park

Snap Shot Wednesday: Spring in Retiro Park
Today’s Snap Shot Wednesday brings us to the lungs of Madrid: Park Retiro. A refreshing green zone alarmingly close to the city centre introduces clean and crispy air to the metropolis. It’s spring and you can see it from the faces of locals who lounge on its greens and revel in the sunshine....
April 8th, 2010 | Madrid | Read More

Catch the Spanish Primera Liga Live!

Catch the Spanish Primera Liga Live!
Soccer fans alert! With the  Spanish Primera Liga taking the world by storm, soccer fans worldwide are heading to Madrid with the sole aim of catching a football match in action. Where better to catch the matches than here in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium of Madrid? For most football fans, coming to...
April 7th, 2010 | Madrid | Read More