For the 4th instalment of ‘My Madrid‘ I have invited Carolina Borgesi, a 29 year-old architect and graduate of the University of Buenos Aires to let us know about what she likes about the city . Married to Germán González Garrido, they both founded Proyectodigital, a design and architectural illustration company and Todo360.com, which since 2002 has been dedicated to Panoramic Photography and Virtual Tours. Their Web site Madrid Virtual offers fantastic panoramic images of Madrid.
Carolina arrived in Madrid in 2002 and was enchanted by the city from day one. She lives in Antón Martín, an old neighbourhood very close to downtown Madrid .
Favourite Bar/café: Chocolatería San Ginés and the Teatro Español Café in the Plaza Santa Ana.
Favourite Dish(es): Gazpacho and Paella.
Favourite Tapas: Pincho de tortilla and Patatas Bravas.
Favourite Restaurant: Viva Chapata in Ave María street (delicious home-made sandwiches made out of “chapata” bread!) and Restaurante Madrid 1 in Carrera de San Jerónimo next to Plaza Canalejas.
Favourite Shop: FNAC (imposible to get out of there!) and IKEA.
Best time of year: Every season has it´s charm. Spring and fall have the best weather to take long walks through the magic streets of the medieval Madrid or visit the Retiro Park. In winter, especially in December, is beautiful to visit the traditional Christmas fair in Plaza Mayor, drink a hot chocolate in Chocolatería San Ginés and enjoy the Christmas decoration all over the city streets.
Favourite Barrio: La Latina, the most beautiful medieval style.
Favourite Building: The buildings that surround Plaza de la Villa and Plaza Mayor.
A day trip from Madrid: El Escorial and Salamanca (although is not so close to Madrid it is worth visiting. It´s magic!)
A perfect ‘night out’ in Madrid would be ……. Friday night after going to the Filmoteca Doré to watch a classic movie, having the first beer in El Sur in Torrecilla del Leal street and the next ones in our way to La Latina.
Recommended Walk: Retiro Park any time, La Latina and the Madrid of the Austrias to see the best architecture; Campo del Moro, Palacio Real and Las Vistillas to impress new visitors.
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