Guest Blogger: Gina Travels to Spain!

I’m so excited to have my good friend, Gina of banafritdĂ©cor as a guest blogger. I vicariously live through Gina and her adventures traveling around the world. I thought it would be great to have her share some of her travels with my followers. You are going to love her stories and fabulous photos! She is the most cosmopolitan chica I’ve ever met and I hope to be like her when I grow up. 🙂 Enjoy!


Hi Guys!  I’m Gina, the creator and owner of banafritdĂ©cor.  Banafrit is an Egyptian name meaning “beautiful soul” and through banafritdĂ©cor I specialize in gifts and social events. To me it’s not just an event or a gift: it’s a reflection of you. I enjoy adding a personal touch to ensure one’s “beautiful soul” is exemplified and I use my travel experiences as inspiration. Over the Summer I was able to spend some time in Europe. I was so excited to hang out with my good friend, BelĂ©n, who lives in Madrid. The time I spent there was amazing! Here are some sights and tastes I experienced. Enjoy…

After I arrived Belén and her sweetheart, Carlos, and I started out with dinner. It was excellent! We walked through various spots of the city and had a few drinks at Del Diego Cocktail Bar. Props to the mixologists! Check out our fun camera phone photos!

The next day Belén’s mother treated us to authentic paella de marisco (seafood paella). Looking at these photos always makes me hungry. Let’s hope (and pray) that after a few or many attempts, I can eventually come close to how good hers was.

On Sunday Carlos took me to el Rastro, Madrid’s largest flea market. The market is open every Sunday and on some public holidays. I saw a variety of items, such as jewelry, vintage cameras and unique mortar and pestles. I was really drawn to the indoor specialty shops and Del Gallo was one of my favorites. Carlos said that many shop owners in the area are friends and swap items to create or sell a product they’ve refurbished or repurposed. I loved the way some vintage items were updated with modern fabrics, prints and colors.

Mercado de San Miguel is a huge covered market in Madrid and was definitely worth the visit. Tapas, sangria, desserts and beyond can be found here. I was very adventurous by trying some “percebes”, an expensive delicacy in Spain, which are goose barnacles boiled in sea or salt water. Of course, the Louisiana girl in me had to dip them in hot sauce first!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my stories and photos from Madrid. If you haven’t been there, you should definitely add it to the list. I’ll be back with more of my travel adventures very soon.
Smooches!
Gina

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