Oy vey! Did you notice the twelve-hour Interiorator blackout yesterday? It was frustrating to no end and made me feel like this all day. Anyhow, I’m back and I have some more weird and wonderful travel tips for you in case you’re going to Spain or Portugal – like the Mercado de San Miguel! Oh and by the way, in case you missed part one – it’s right here.
1 – The Mercado de San Miguel
Okay, okay, these pictures don’t look perfect – but as they say, the best camera there is, is the one you have with you. And so I’m glad I was able to take at least a few half way decent pictures when I accidentally found the Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid. I’m more of a Chueca kind of guy if you catch my drift and so I didn’t venture south of the Gran Vía too frequently during my last stay. I always thought it the area around Sol and Plaza Mayor was way too touristy – but I guess I was wrong now wasn’t I? This culinary market looked beautiful at night and will definitely be on my to do list on my next trip to Madrid.
2 – The Torres de Colón
Why, oh why did the Torres de Colón building in Madrid end up in so many ‘Ten ugliest buildings of the world’ listicles like this one? With its distinct mint-colored roof and smoked glass facade, I think is bold and beautiful. And bonus points for its architect Antonio Lamela for that incredibly unusual building method! Heh!
3 – McDonald’s Porto
Pada pa pa paaaa! Ich liebe es! This McDonald’s in Porto would have looked more at home in the Third Reich, but there you have it!
4- The Jeff Koons Puppy in Bilbao
If my memory serves me right, the first time I saw one of these giant Jeff Koons puppies was in Rockefeller Center in New York in 1997. Imagine my surprise when I walk up to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao almost twenty years later and see it again!
5 – Fer chrissakes, do something unexpected!
You know what? I had so many things on my list when I was preparing my trip to Spain and Portugal. And I enjoyed seeing every single one of them. Looking back, however, my fondest memories come from those little unexpected moments – like eating a great salmon steak at sunset at this weird roadside motel in Galicia. Or running into this weird-looking apartment building in Gijón. And what about those souvenirs in Salamanca? What I’m trying to tell you is do something unexpected when you’re abroad, fer chrissakes!
I’d love to hear all about your favorite spots in Spain and Portugal. Feel free to share your tips in the comments section!