There is something about Madrid I just cannot describe. The Parisian Flair has been traveling a few times in the Spanish capital lately. Falling in love with its vibe and energy. Allegria y Flamenco!
After so many requests, I finally decided to start sharing my Parisian Flair Guides of several cities in the World. How does a Parisian travels or lives in other cities? Giving you my favorite spots and secret tips. I love to get lost and take pictures with my Smartphone.
My Madrilenian adventure began about 10 years ago when my best friend from Paris invited me to visit her in the “Hombre” city. She bought me a round-trip Paris-Orly to Madrid for my birthday. I remember the sensation arriving in this colored building landscape, taking the bus to our hostel. I was mesmerized by the energy. It was so close to Paris yet so far from it. I love my hometown and magnificent city of Paris, nevertheless the Parisians have this arrogance and natural chic for not really being much open to foreigners (no surprises here). The definition of Parisian seduction is acting mysteriously while smoking a cigarette and sipping rosé wine at a terrace. Spanish people in Madrid are warm and smiling, it feels like a pueblo (village) although it is a capital.
I re-discovered Madrid 10 years after. I was lucky to meet Alejandro, a true madrilenian while living in Brooklyn (NY). I decided to visit him in September 2015 and cannot get enough of this city since.
Getting there from Paris: The best company to travel is TRANSAVIA (very cheap and great service). You can take the RER + Orly Val from Paris center (about 45 minutes) and after landing in Madrid the Metro is very simple and so quick to get in the centro.
About two weeks ago now, I was so excited to meet with my Spanish friends. As soon as I landed, I took the subway and went straight to the Palentino (a famous authentic Bar) to have my Cerveza and share a Bocadillo (sandwich) with mi amigo. The apero in France is similar, yet in Paris we often sit down to have a cheese plate and order a bottle of wine. In Madrid, people gather to drink cañas (small beers in a glass) and share tapas. The food (comida) is very good since the products are very fresh.
We picked a random restaurant to share (compartir) tapas and I ended up eating incredibly tasting mussels (mejillones al vapor), which were only boiled. No need for salsa or spices, they were just simple & delicious. The famous Spanish tapas is the tortilla, which is made of eggs and potatoes. I prefer when it’s a bit creamy inside. Having a little of everything is so enjoyable and it creates a bond with the people you share it with. I noticed people weren’t so keen on deserts (postres), they prefer having another cerveza or a copa.
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