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    Excellent souvenir photos from Las Ventas

    by hopang Updated Jun 30, 2013

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    Miscellaneous: We have a wonderful guided tour of Las Ventas bullfighting ring at Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas in the city of Madrid. One of the highlights of our guided tour was the photo shooting (foto recuerdo) by toroshopping. It certainly makes a wonderful souvenir to remember for a long time the bullfighting ring at Las Ventas in particular and Madrid in general. This great souvenir photogragh costs 10.00 euros per piece. The price is fixed. Every visitor is eligible to take a photograph near the entrance. You have the option to purchase at the end of the tour if you like the photograph. We certainly love the photographs as we bought both of them and paid 20.00 euros for them.

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    Excellent souvenir book on Madrid with photographs

    by hopang Updated Jun 30, 2013

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    Miscellaneous: All Madrid (Collection All Spain) is an excellent souvenir book on the city of Madrid with lots of colourful photographs on major tourist attractions in the city. All Madrid is published by Escudo de Oro with a total of 193 colour photographs. This wonderful book has a total of 120 pages for your reading pleasure. It is quite a large book measuring 21 cm x 24 cm. It costs just 8.00 euros and is available in many souvenir shops around the city. We purchased this souvenir book from a vendor at Calle Mayor near Mercado San Miguel. It certainly makes a wonderful souvenir to take home to your country. Get a copy for yourself! Make sure you get the latest edition. You may visit the publishers' website below for more information on All Madrid or any other All Spain Collection of other cities.

    All Madrid front cover All Madrid back cover Great photos with reading materials All Madrid souvenir book All Madrid with excellent photos of the city
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    Souvenirs from Mallorca

    by hopang Written Sep 17, 2012

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    Miscellaneous: It is cheap to purchase souvenir refrigerator magnets from souvenir shops or stalls in the island of Mallorca. Mallorca is probably one of the cheapest destinations in Europe to buy souvenir refrigerator magnets. Believe it or not these beautiful souvenir refrigerator magnets as depicted on our photograph cost just one euro each. These fairly good quality souvenir refrigerator magnets can be purchased from many souvenir shops in Palma and Palma Nova in Mallorca. We bought a total of ten pieces and gave away most of them. Get some for yourself when you visit the island of Mallorca!

    Lovely souvenirs from Mallorca Lovely souvenirs from Mallorca
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    TWO PIN PLUG

    by MaheshSamtani Updated Apr 5, 2008

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    Miscellaneous: If you happen to carry any electrical stuff like hair dryers or just a simple charger for your mobile telephone - you will have to take into account that the electrical systems admit only the 2 pin round plug as shown in the picture. If you are coming in from Britain you might want to buy an adapter to be able to use your stuff in Spain. It may be a little difficult to get it in any normal electrical store. If you happen to have a El Corte Ingles department store near you - they sell adapters for different systems.
    The Spanish system is compatible with most European plug sockets – except mainly for the British 3 pin plug - so get that adapter.

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    Bring Nice outfits

    by motorcitykitty Written Jun 2, 2007

    Luggage and bags: Be ready to pack chic, and lord don't be overweight on the luggage

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: nice dress pants, dress blouse and heels. Touring I wore black work boots.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: everything you may need is right there in Barcelona

    Photo Equipment: some camera my husband gave me

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: light jacket or none, it was in march

    Miscellaneous: bring extra money

    I so am enjoying this pack your fat pants

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    Speak no Spanish? Need this small book

    by deecat Updated Apr 6, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: Be realistic. Lugging large pieces around is not conducive to having a good time. I took one medium-sized piece of luggage with wheels and another small bag (that I took on the plane).

    Make sure you have a change of clothes, your prescription drugs, toothbrush, toothpaste, cosmetics (women), and anything you could not live without.Then, if your luggage is lost, you won't be nearly as upset.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I took four slacks in four different colors (brown, black, tan, and navy), two-three sweaters, four tops, two pair of shoes plus the ones I wore. (one for dress up and one in case my shoes got wet)
    I take the lightest-weight underwear possible (5 )
    so they will dry overnight. The same is true of socks. A bathing suit if the weather is appropriate, two hats (protection from sun), and one dress or skirt and top (for nice occasions). We washed out our clothes about every three to four days. I have a clothes line with suction cups that goes in a shower or over a bathtub that works very well.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Take your prescription drugs in their original containers. That is imperative. Some people prefer to buy their toiletries when they arrive. I take mine because I have ones I insist on using.

    Photo Equipment: As of now, I do not have a digital camera.[1999] I have a camera that takes 3 different sized photos. I have had it for over 15 years and love it. It's small, so either Allan or I carry it in a pocket. I also take plenty of film with me.

    Miscellaneous: We took a very small Dictionary/Phrase Book called "How to Eat Out in Spain" by Ana Vazquez published by Gremese. You can order it or find it in any big book store. It saved us! ($6.95)
    Includes: the basics, national dishes, regional dishes, drinks, directions

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    Packing List

    by ant1606 Updated Dec 2, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: Especially if visiting during warm months, traveling light is the way to go. The hard cases on our motorcycle were only half full to allow local shopping experiences. Nevertheless they got home full.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Tent, two sleeping bags and inflatable mattresses proved useful to find accommodation at campsites during our road trip instead of wasting time in search of vacant rooms.

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    Bring your own Sudafed

    by islaazul Written Aug 8, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: Travel light--it will allow you to get on/off the subway much easier. Best if your luggage can be carried and rolled.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring fashionable walking shoes. This is a metropolitan city, and you should dress accordingly. If you wouldn't wear hiking sandals with socks in New York City, don't wear them to Madrid either.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring Sudafed. From what I can tell you can't get the huge range of over-the-counter cold medication that you can get in the US. You will save yourself painful trips to the Pharmacia late at night.

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    Bring Your Own Cigarettes and Pillow

    by SvetlanaL Updated Jan 29, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: Locks on luggage are always a good idea and this trip is no exception. I've been told by frequent travelers to put angel pins on their luggage as many people in Spain are religious. This might help you avoid luggage theft.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: make sure you pack both really nice clothes to wear out (it is a civilized country, you know) and some clothes you wouldn't mind sweating in. In southern Spain, the humidity can be harsh.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring your own shampoo! While we're at it, bring your own pillow. If staying in a hotel, especially a budget hotel, it seems that the way they save you money is by compromising the comfort of pillows. They are almost always foam and hard as wood. Bring your own.

    Photo Equipment: There will be plenty of photo opportunities here so bring lots of film, just be careful taking it in your luggage or carry on as they willbe damaged by the rays of the machines. Try to get your film developed before returning home or mail it to yourself marking it "contains photographic content" or the like.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: In Southern Spain and the coasts a bathing suit is essential, you will be sorry if you don't bring it. the rest of the country is pretty dry, though some cool beachlike fabrics can be a plus anywhere in the summer.

    Miscellaneous: If you're a smoker, bring your own cigarettes. Chances are they won't have your brand available there, and if they do they will taste remarkebly different.

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    Pack to Spain

    by dr.firas Written Dec 7, 2004

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    Miscellaneous: As always don't forget to pack all things you need, and your camera's equipments, but don't forget to have some Euro's as Spain is an old member of the Euro Union, and also please take with you a guide book of Madrid which is very important to know how to move, as Spanish in majority, speaks only Spanish, so they are sincer in explaining to you how to go in details, but in Spanish, so if you don't know Spanish, you're in trouble!

    Dr.Firas

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    GuideBooks

    by dr.firas Updated Nov 3, 2004

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    Miscellaneous: As always don't forget to pack all things you need, and your camera's equipments, but don't forget to have some Euro's as Spain is an old member of the Euro Union, and also please take with you a guide book of Madrid which is very important to know how to move, as Spanish in majority, speaks only Spanish, so they are sincer in explaining to you how to go in details, but in Spanish, so if you don't know Spanish, you're in trouble!

    Dr.Firas in Madrid

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    Depends on where you go...

    by SirRichard Written Sep 27, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The weather in Spain in summer depends mainly on where you go to:
    - South, center, east and the islands: HOT (30-40ºC)
    - North coast and north west: Cool and cloudy sometimes (20-30ºC).
    But take this as a rule, as some summers I have seen 31 sunny days in august in the north coast, but this is not the normal thing.

    South
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    clothing and shoes

    by Faracy Updated Jun 6, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: Something not too hard to carry up and down flights of stairs

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring some non-tennis shoes...Many bars and clubs will only let you in if you're reasonably dressed up..
    Heels are the norm for women... which means if you have to buy shoes to go out, they may be your only option.. if you're like me and can't wear heels, you bring your own, or look for a long time.
    I also must mention that clothing seems to have gotten more expensive here since the introduction of the Euro, a lot more expensive.. Spanish women in particular tend to be small, if you wear a size larger than an American 14, (Spanish 48-50) you will have some difficulty finding nice looking clothes. They´re are places to get larger sizes, but they are quite ugly.. C&A is a clothing chain that has some better options.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Spanish toiletries are great! The downside is if you don't like things that smell strongly.. they are especially pungent.
    Pharmacies have everything you need if you get sick.. and the pharmacist can give you pretty good medicine without a prescription. i.e. codine, penicillin... :) its not quite like an Almodovar movie, but not far off either. I´ve noticed that most medicine is pretty cheap, but other items such are dental floss is really expensive.. bring your own.

    Photo Equipment: They have anything you need.

    Miscellaneous: Americans will miss their soft toilet paper from home... I suggest you buy a bunch of those pocket sized cleenex packs and just have a few on you.. many places run out, or just never have TP.. in the bathrooms that is... women take note. If you don't want to "drip dry" bring your own. You might also have to go in the street at times... this is on those wild summer nights, when the line for the bathroom in 40 people long..

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    sunscreen or be red

    by Faracy Written May 30, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: bring your own, or pay a lot more to buy sunscreen here. Unless you´re one of the blessed individuals who never burn... (you can still get skin cancer later on) you will wish you had it.. I can attest to being one of the strange few to have a cemetary sunburn.. after 45 minutes walking around in San Fernanado Cemetary... this could be you, anywhere in this country..

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    Don't pack EVERYTHING! (Belle Jambe optional);-)

    by Geisha_Girl Updated Jan 28, 2004

    Luggage and bags: When packing, start with the biggest, hardest items (usually shoes) and then fit smaller items in and around them. I always use plastic, sealable bags to pack items that can leak such as shampoos, suntan lotions, etc.....

    Miscellaneous: If there's room, and if you're coming from the US or Mexico, pack a bottle of GOOD tequila! We found that there wasn't quite an assortment of the "good stuff" around Spain.

    Paying 10 Euros for a shot of Jose Cuervo at Amnesia was heartbreaking!!! But that's all they had there.

    We had to drink MORE to forget how much we were getting ripped off! ;-)

    Luggage with matching BELLE JAMBE

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