Exploring the Iconic Bordeaux Wine Region without a Car

Exploring the vineyards of Bordeaux wine regionWhen you think of Bordeaux, you may think of a city that is overflowing with wine.  A place where you can walk down any street corner, find a vineyard's storefront, and have a chance to try as many different varieties as you would like. 

We did.

It is a common thought for such a famous wine city to boast its creations everywhere you see.  In many cases this is true.  But if you're visiting Bordeaux, do not expect that.  To truly understand the region's love of wine you need to get out of the city.

If you don't, you won't be seeing much of anything.

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Missing Siesta Time in Seville

Without a doubt, Seville was my favorite city we stayed in during our honeymoon in Spain. Angie and I bicker about this one quite a bit because her heart was left in Granada (read our Granada restaurant review to find out why), but something about Seville keeps dragging me back. 

It is hard to say what exactly about the city has the allure to me, other than its amazing architecture and tasty, cheap Spanish food.

Whether or not we settle this argument is one thing but one major piece of information is true, we both agree that our stay in Seville was one of the hottest during our time in Spain. 

Even though I have significant disdain for being excessively hot while traveling, as I found out while spending three weeks traveling the Middle East in August, something about this hot weather in Spain is inviting.  It could be that it is a dry heat and not humid like we have at home, but there is something far more important at play that makes this weather bearable: the siesta.

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The Quest for the Best Churros con Chocolate in Madrid

One of the things we were most looking forward to about our recent trip to Spain was devouring churros con chocolate. 

Fried to crisp perfection and served alongside rich dark chocolate, these are not your soggy elementary school cafeteria churros bathed in achingly sweet cinnamon sugar.

No, these are grown-up churros.

Everyone has their opinion on who makes the best churros and who makes the best chocolate, so we were eager to set the record straight on this matter while we were in Spain.

The title of best churros con chocolate would be decided in a battle, a battle where only the best, crispiest churros and deepest, darkest chocolate sauces come out alive. This is Churros con Chocolate Death Battle Royale!

Madrid seemed to be the epicenter of the churros con chocolate phenomena, so we decided the battle would take place there. The contenders? Restaurante Hegar, Chocolateria San Gines, and Valor. 

How can you say no to that churro?

Three go in, but only one can come out the victor of this death battle.

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