Out Of Office: Madrid in October

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This past week I was in Madrid with my lovely staff member’s pictured above, leading these teachers shown below. We were graced with beautiful 80 degree weather daily as we explored the ins and outs of Madrid and Toledo.

I spent an additional day on my own so I could relax a littler after the group tour. This day was spent eating, drinking, and reading. Yep, this out of office experience was great!

On my food tour day I went to Plaza Mayor for cafe con leche and toast with tomato pulp and jamon, Mercado San Miguel for cava, Plaza de Santa Ana for Rioja, and La Ideal for a traditional-can’t-get-in-my-mouth-soon-enough calamari sandwich, and of course Museo de Jamon— I can’t not go to the ham museum when visiting Madrid.

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Out of Office: Monaco and Èze

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On my summer work trip our group also made a quick stop in a different country—Monaco. We spent enough time there to grab a delicious lunch, shop a little for a vintage south of France marketing poster, and walk around the city and visit Grace Kelly’s tomb at Saint Nicholas Cathedral.

After border crossing we headed to Èze where we went to the Fragonard Parfumeur to learn about their infamous perfumes and do some more shopping. We relaxed a bit after in the heart of the medieval town of Èze where we enjoyed Rose, once again, and also enjoyed one of the very few rain storms in the south of France. This region is comparable to Denver and has about 300 days of sun a year; we luckily got to enjoy one of the rainy ones. To get to the the city you climb/hike the stone stair way; at this point I was really second guessing my shoe choice for the day. Since Monaco is a fancy place I dressed in my nicer Sam Edelman flat sandals which did not work well in the rain. I eventually took them off and hiked down barefoot. I’m really glad I wore those shoes, I’m sure everyone in Monaco noticed how trendy I was.

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Fragonard Perfume factory!

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