What you need to know about– madrid travelWritten by Mansi gupta
The capital of Spain, pulsating city of Madrid is one of eminent European cities that is famous for it’s more than a few attractions. The city nestled in middle of Iberian Peninsula is thronged by people not just for its nerve-wrecking night life but also for succulent cuisine, mind boggling architecture at museums, monuments and gardens and jubilant festivals.
The Background Madrid is an old city. Its origins can be traced back to as 1085 when King Alfonso VI of Castle reigned here. The throne passed into hands of Felipe II in 1561 and things were never same after that. There were wars followed by inflation, draining of city’s wealth and settling down of a horde of immigrants. The development came in 18th and 19th centuries when there was construction of numerous wonderful buildings with exotic and splendid art and architecture.
The City’s Charm Once you land in city of Madrid, there are many worthwhile places to visit. For nature lovers, Glorieta de Murillo botanical garden is a perfect destination with around 30,000 varied species of plants. These exclusive species that are scattered in different regions of world were compiled at one place by botanist Gomez Ortega and Juan de Villanueva for King Charles III. The two pinnacle towers of Casa de la Panaderia grounded in Madrid’s grand main plaza called The Plaza Mayor, never miss tourist attention. The Plaza is flooded with people during festival celebrations and as a market place. The statue of Felipe III adds a feather to fascination of place.
The music and theatre both can be enjoyed in one of oldest towns called ‘Moorish Quarter’ of Madrid. Your next step in Madrid can be towards Parque del Buen Retiro Park. The parks is a home for two buildings that are most often used for art exhibitions and an artificial lake that gives you pleasure of boating. The classical concerts of music and dance performances can be relished at Auditoria Nacional de Musica and The Teatro Madrid, Teatro Lirico Nacional de la Zarzuela, Teatro Albeniz respectively.
Wine Tasting in SausalitoWritten by Marcy Roth
Sausalito , CA – Do you enjoy wine tasting, but dread long, crowded drive to wine country and tedious car-hopping from winery to winery? Now you can jump on ferry to charming downtown Sausalito and experience California’s premium wines at Bacchus & Venus, A Taste of Wine Country. The tasting room, retail shop and art gallery offers wines by flight, by glass and by bottle every day from 11-7ish and later on weekends. The friendly, knowledgeable staff will walk you through your selection of wines, or stroll upstairs to sip your Cabernet while enjoying art and view of Bay and harbor. Proprietor Marcy Roth aims to feature wines of ten exceptional California wineries; roster currently includes Cakebread, Domaine Carneros, Duckhorn, Grove Street, Miner, Quintessa, Rosenblum, Schramsberg, Silver Oak, and Starry Night. “By focusing on a select group of premium wineries, our staff is better able to tell story of each of wines – winemaker’s philosophy and techniques, interesting aspects of terroir of vineyards where grapes were grown, even