There are two questions we are often asked: who is Herb Lester and how do you research your guides? We will leave the first for another time, to the latter we can tell you that the most important – and most enjoyable – part is going to the place and exploring; wandering the streets with our various lists and tips, taking photographs, ducking down side streets, meeting old friends and making new ones. We were in Madrid a few weeks ago researching this new map, and below is just some of what we saw. We spent one of our evenings there enjoying the fine company of Marcus from Yorokobu magazine, whose knowledge and good taste informed many of our choices.
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