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Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna, Costa Rica, Pictures and Video

View from the room
View from the room
Humming Bird outside room
Humming Bird outside room
The Springs Resort one of the pools
The Springs Resort one of the pools
The Springs Resort
The Springs Resort
The Springs Resort
The Springs Resort
Tierra Mia, Hiener
Tierra Mia, Hiener
Tierra Mia, Chef Jorge and his Wife
Tierra Mia, Chef Jorge and his Wife
One of the many hot water springs
One of the many hot water springs
Swimming at the waterfall
Swimming at the waterfall

 

San Jose, Costa Rica: Scenes from the City

Central Avenue, Broccoli Vendor
Central Avenue, Broccoli Vendor
Inside Chelles San Jose
Inside Chelles San Jose
National Theater, San Jose
National Theater, San Jose
San Jose, Square
San Jose, Square
Central Market Vendor
Central Market Vendor
Laura Walking Through Central Market
Laura Walking Through Central Market
sanjosecrparade
Parade, San Jose

Click here to visit the next Stories Faces Places will return with more Costa Rica. We visit the Arenal Volcano area, stay in a posh hotel in the jungle, interview one of the best Chefs in La Fortuna, swim under a huge waterfall, and share more stories.

Madrid: What area should we stay? Listener Question and Answer

"Live Statue" in Sol
“Live Statue” in Sol

 A couple from California is visiting Madrid in June, to explore the city, see museums, eat good food, and relax.

Q: We’re thinking of renting an apartment for a week in Madrid.  We have seen some units that we like around the Prado, and others around the Puerta del Sol. We like walking to restaurants and enjoying the city ambiance, but also appreciate a bit of quiet now and then.  Any recommendations are appreciated?

A:   Out of the 2 areas you mentioned, choose the Prado area for a more quiet apartment along with easy proximity to the museums, Retiro Park, restaurants, and shops. The area surrounding Puerta del Sol is a bustling, busy area; however there are plenty of side streets that are very quiet at night.  We like staying in the Sol area because it is right in the heart of it all.  All streets radiate from Puerta del Sol like the spokes of a bicycle.  It is an easy walk in one direction to Plaza Mayor, Mercado San Miguel, the Palace, Opera House, and the El Rastro area with the Sunday Market.

In the opposite direction you can walk to the Prado and museum campus along with Retiro Park.

In another direction you find Gran Via and many other shopping streets.

In a forth direction from Sol, you quickly find an endless supply of great Tapas places and restaurants.

Located one block off  Puerta del Sol is the huge department store and grocery, El Cortes Inglese, which makes it very convenient for picking up any items you may need, such as water and snacks, food and any household goods for living in Madrid.

We also enjoy being able to drop into our hotel or apartment throughout the day for a quick rest, and staying in the center of it all provides that with ease. There are so many great neighborhoods in Madrid to explore and stay in, each with it’s own personality.

Enjoy the planning and fall in love with Madrid, as we have! Please contact  us for any other information you may require.