Brad Posted December 7, 2022 Report Share Posted December 7, 2022 40 minutes ago, HutchFan said: Yes, please. I'd appreciate your recommendations on the Spanish Civil War very much. ... Another period that I'd like to dig more deeply into: The Islamic al-Andalus and the Christian Reconquest (8th–15th centuries). I'm a Hemingway fan, so I've read that one a few times. For Whom the Bell Tolls as well. SCW recommendations. A good one is Hugh Thomas’ book but it’s long Written a long time ago but still holds up well. Ronald Fraser’s Oral History of the Spanish Civil War is incredible but, again, long Adam Hochschild’s Spain in our Hearts is good but more focused on the International Brigades. Hotel Florida by Amanda Vaill isn’t bad. Lastly, Giles Tremlett’s Ghosts of Spain gives you a good look at the country and how it deals with the SCW. Coming to grips with it more than 80 years after it ended is still contentious. Since you are going to be in Madrid, if you have access to a car, I’d recommend going to Sepúlveda for the roast lamb. It literally falls off the bone. It’s north of Madrid, an hour’s drive I think. Also go to Segovia. The Roman aqueduct still works. Meson de Cándido is a good restaurant. A little touristy but the food is good. Avila is a walled city south of Madrid. Worth a visit. Madrid has tons of restaurants. A touristy spot but a very good restaurant is Casa Botín off the Plaza Mayor. I love the place. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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