Darn Tough Vermont (video review)

I saw Darn Tough Vermont socks advertised and decided to give them I try. VERY IMPRESSIVE. Now, you’re saying, “Socks, what’s the big deal?” Well, if you’re on your feet all day, maybe for work or maybe for play, good socks make a big difference. I went with the run/bike model, finding them to be everything they are advertised to be. Strong, light, VERY comfortable. Check out the video:

Having used them in various applications, I can say they live up to their name. Please note: I think the sizes run a little small, but they fit snug to the foot, which is important. You don’t want your sock shifting around; that’s how you get blisters. These socks do the job and are guaranteed for life, which is another amazing feature. As always, you get what you pay for. Since these socks are made in the USA and awesome, they cost a few bucks more. Worth every cent!

Also, if you saw my previous post, I really did have a collision with an SUV. Generally healing okay, thank you.

Plaza Bookshop, Aruba

The Plaza Bookshop located in the Dakota area of Aruba has recently changed ownership. The new owners are busy making improvements that regular visitors will recognize immediately.

The photo above shows the ample parking and fresh paint on the building. Inside you’ll find a wide selection of magazines, books, greeting cards, and craft supplies. There is also a copy center.

Many languages are represented in the periodicals and books here, including English, Dutch, and Spanish.

Recently, the Plaza Bookshop has been hosting Saturday flea markets with plenty of bargains to be had if that’s your preferred way to shop.

When roaming about the island, take a moment to stop in here. You’ll find plenty of interesting things and meet a friendly staff willing to help you find that special item.

Published in: on March 15, 2011 at 11:09 am  Leave a Comment  
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Museo Pan Gallégo, Madrid

Museo Pan Gallégo is located just a block and a half from the Plaza Mayor on the little Plaza de Herradores. This is a busy crossroads, with people coming up over the hill from the area of the Teatro Real. Here’s a look at the storefront:

I like small shops because they usually embody the character of their owners as opposed to the sterile environment of the big super centers. This place certainly fits the bill, starting with the sign out front.

There’s plenty of proclamations on the sign. Check it out carefully for a brief history of the shop. Inside you’ll find not only various types of fresh-baked bread, but plenty of Spanish treats from olives, to chorizo, to cured hams, and so on. Here’s a quick look at the interior:

When in Madrid, it’s hard to resist popping into one of the tapas joints for a quick snack. However, as mentioned in previous posts, why not pick up something at a little shop like this, heading to a park or your hotel room for a mini-fiesta of your own. You’ll get to interact with the people in the shop and be able to dine at your leisure afterward. This is a fun way to immerse yourself in another culture. Tasty, too!

Published in: on May 9, 2010 at 10:47 am  Leave a Comment  
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La Tienda, (Spain on order)

La Tienda is a web-based supplier of many things Spanish. I mean, they can supply you with everything from foodstuffs to crockery, all of it from Spain. If you enjoy Spanish food and culture the way I do, I recommend you follow this link: http://www.tienda.com/

You won’t be disappointed in the products and services at La Tienda as they have sources directly in Spain where the real stuff can be procured. I can’t wait to get back across the ocean to the Iberian Peninsula. During all my trips to Spain, I’ve never had anything other than an exceptional experience. Things have changed over the years but mostly for the better. And if you can’t make the journey, try the recipes on La Tienda’s site. It’ll give you a literal taste of Spain that is hard to match.

Published in: on May 5, 2009 at 2:05 pm  Leave a Comment  
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