The Sad Story of the Jews of Spain

It's Saturday, Shabbat (the Jewish sabbath). The Synagogue of El Transito in Toledo, Spain is crowded, but there is no service taking place. Tourists mill through the sanctuary and the adjoining rooms of the Sephardic Jewish Museum. There is a group of local families gathered with a children's song leader, but they don't sing Jewish…

Madrid: Day Trips

Whenever I travel to a new city, I like to take day trips if possible. After all, it allows me to see a bit more of a place! Whether awesome side adventures from my recent trip in Kyoto or my drive around the Michigan thumb from Detroit, I've tried to add these extra elements to…

Madrid: Retiro

Madrid is a city of more than three million residents, but most of the sights for tourists can be found in two districts: Centro for its historic places and plazas, and Retiro for its cultural attractions. If you are a lover of art museums, there is enough in Retiro to keep you busy for days,…

Madrid: Centro

Madrid is a fairly large city. However, to a tourist's delight, most of the major sights can be found in just a couple of neighborhoods. Centro is one of those. Centro is the historical city. Puerta del Sol, one of the major squares in the neighborhood, was actually a gate into the old city at…

Trip Itinerary: Madrid

For the first time in a few years, I am headed back to Europe! Thanks to The Flight Deal and an incredible price, I am off to see Madrid for the first time. There is always a mixture of excitement and nervous energy when I am headed to a new destination. Will I like it?…

Experience vs. Itinerary

By guest blogger Tom Wright, Lawyer & Chef Surprises are often more rewarding than expectations; I will repeat that later.Thus far in my life I have been blessed with the ability to travel extensively. I lived and studied in Europe for a good part of my graduate studies and have also made many other trips…

How I Scored a Cheap Trip to Madrid

One of the keys to travel is knowing how to do more of it without breaking the bank.  For me, much of this is done through the use of miles and points.  In fact, I would suggest that for anyone looking to make regular travel a reality, having a solid points strategy is a necessity. …