Monthly Archives: December 2015

La Mejillonera de Somera (Bar), Bilbao


La Mejillonera de Somera (Bar)
Ronda Kalea, 29
ES-48005 Bilbao ((Vizcaya, Basque Country)
Phone: +34 944 169 260


“La Mejillonera de Somera”: mussels and much more in the heart of Bilbao’s old town centre. Typical tapas such as “Gilda’s”, pintxos of Spanish omelette hamaiketako style, squid on Sundays… all very traditional in Bilbao but sometimes it’s just nice to have a change, so why not with seafood?

In one of the most characteristic streets of Bilbao you’ll find “La Mejillonera de Somera” no wonder, specialized in mussels! With a distinctive blue-tiled facade, very marine-styled and a modern, open and space interior inviting you with high tables and bar chairs to enjoy some leisure time. Here humans can try a great variety of mussels all differently and well-prepared with tasty  marinades (marine style, spicy, Somera….).  My humans tried a variety of pintxos and a portion of mussels. All looking and smelling great!

Again, it wasn’t a problem at all for me, Tibor, to enter! So I had a terrific day together with my humans in Bilbao.

Madariaga (Bar-restaurant), Bilbao


Madariaga (Bar-restaurant)
Somera 43
ES-48005 Bilbao (Vizcaya, Basque Country)
Phone: +34 94 416 23 60


Situated in one of Bilbao’s famous streets “Somera street” for tapas, beer and wine you’ll find this typical Basque bar with some tables were food is served as well.

It’s famous for its hamburgers and sandwiches, so guess what, my humans tried some and they agreed on that they were just delicious. There’s a variety of “pintxos” and they made me, Tibor, feel welcome too.

I, Tibor,  had a great time with my humans and felt really welcome here but also in most of the other bars in Somera street. I saw lots of other dogs. Some on others off the leash. As my humans weren’t sure of the official rules, I went on the leash all the time. Bilbao is definitely an inviting city for us dogs!

Cycle tours throughout the Netherlands


Cycle tours throughout the Netherlands
Post Box 1024/2340
NL-2340 BA Oegstgeest
Phone: +31 88 123 8999

Source: “vrienden op de fiets” 2015


Exploring the Netherlands by bicycle is a must for all those who love the combination of culture, views, good food, discovering hidden gems and  meanwhile doing some exercise! In case your an active dog, like me, tell your humans all about the following possibilities.

In 2015, my humans decided to take me, Tibor, on a trip to the Netherlands homeland of my human “mum”. Before we went they got a membership by an organisation called “vrienden op de fiets” (friends on a bike). You pay 8€ for a membership (or 10€ if you life outside the Netherlands – online booking no problem). Soon you’ll receive a card with personal number, a map with connected trails all through the Netherlands and most important of all an address guide book. The foundation offers a network of overnight addresses for sporty types going on multiple-day trips. These addresses are often situated along splendid cycling and hiking routes in the Netherlands. You can set off anywhere in the country – and stay overnight and have breakfast in people’s homes for a bargain price (Only 19€ a day per person including breakfast. Kids special prices, dogs on request in lots of accommodations possible).

The addresses aren’t on the internet and you’ll only have access to make a reservation by giving your membership code at booking. It’s a fabulous way to get to know the Dutchies and it’s much cheaper than staying in official places such as B&B, pensions or hotels. What to expect?

Well, a warm welcome, a made-up bed and a hardy breakfast!

You can do a cycle trip around the country in less than or month, or special sightseeing trails along the typical mills, cities, the hills in the south or dikes in the north. All trails are connected as so called “knooppunten” which are knots connecting one trail by another. Always well-signposted with numbers, the distance in kilometres, names of cities and villages, where you are and where to go next.

Have a look yourself on their website and see for yourself. I tell you, I had the time of my life! I couldn’t believe that my humans were able to move that fast!

Ice cream Shop “Heladería Acquolina”, Madrid



Heladería Acquolina
Velarde 15, esquina Plaza del 2 de Mayo,
ES-28004 Madrid, Spain
Phone: +34 91 523 30 36
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Situated in “barrio de Malasaña in Madrid, this ice cream shop “Gelato y Orxata” welcomes us too. I, Murphy, went with my humans.

You’ll spot the ice cream shop right in the corner of the Plaza del 2 de Mayo, offering a wide range of flavours. Ice creams (prepared the Italian way) but also Spain’s famous horchata (also take-away). The horchata might even beat the ice cream in taste!

My humans said it was definitely worth a visit!

Repostería (perruna) Miguitas, Madrid



Repostería (perruna) Miguitas
c/Divino Pastor 7
ES-28004 Madrid
Phone: +34 910 826 566, Mobile: + 34 640 523 190 , Mail:


At MIGUITAS they elaborate homemade biscuits, treats and all kind of pastries for us dogs and cats with natural ingredients only.

My humans took me as a surprise one day while strolling around Madrid. I, Murphy, had no idea about the existence of special shops selling dog food only. So exciting to explore for you, Guau! They’ve got a huge selection of natural treats without sugar or salt. Like my behaviour was excellent, my humans decided to buy me some…. and look at me, the perfect snack, while relaxing on this comfortable bed, called sofa by humans, after a long day!

I liked them all! Besides tasting good, they’re healthy too. They don’t add any additives, aromatic spices, antioxidants nor preservatives. Only ingredients suitable and healthy for us, with a flavourful taste for us dogs.

Casa Julio (tapas bar), Malasaña, Madrid


Casa Julio (tapas bar)
C/de la madera 37, barrio de Malasaña
ES-28004 Madrid, Spain
Phone: +34 915 227 274

Situated in “barrio de Malasaña, this is one of my must-eat and top recommendation places for anyone going to Madrid. Humans love  the famous “croquetas de Bono”, which is one of the tapas Casa Julio is primarily known for.

There’s a homey, down-to earth vibe and friendly service. It’s a spot where lots of locals go, as well as tourists visiting Madrid. So if you’re in the mood to meet dogs from all over the world, this might be the place to go!

I, Murphy,  had a great time with my humans and felt really welcome.