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May 29, 2014

Lisbon antigua and beautiful

I took a trip to Lisbon right after the 10th Champions of Real Madrid of Spain, and its Portuguese stars Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe ,and Coentrao. It was a short trip but full of souvenirs and good company.

Lisbon deserves more visits, and getting to know it, it is an exciting city full of life and happy friendly folks always willing to help ,directions, food choices, and just have a good time there.

My last writing on my blog dates from december 14,2012. time to catch up. The tourist office is at http://www.visitlisboa.com/Home_UK.aspx?lang=en-GB

My trip took me first to Nantes airport, then Paris CDG and finally Lisbon on AF;same return flight taken. The airports of Nantes and Paris CDG are very familiar to me after so many trips thru them. Lisbon was easy two terminals , came in and on terminal 1. Coming in took a taxi as was very late, has to haggle with the taxi driver who wanted 20€, told him my maximum was 15€ and he finally accepted. Figure the ride was for about 10-12 euros, so ok for 15 late at night almost midnight. You have to be sure the meter is on or don’t get in the car, otherwise be prepare to haggle easy for me as speak Portuguese. The airport of LIsbon site is http://www.ana.pt/en-US/Aeroportos/lisboa/Lisboa/Pages/HomeLisboa.aspx

On the way back ,I took the metro at Picoas line amarela(yellow) to Saldanha, here took the line Vermelho (red) to the airport all in about 40 minutes. all for a machine ticket of 1,90€ (including charge of rechargeable card of 0,50c). A great bargain indeed.  The metro ,also, has the azul or blue line and the verde or green line, and its easy in English here http://www.metrolisboa.pt/eng/

While in the city I stayed at the wonderful modern, clean and perfect location Hotel Exe Parque Lisboa , at Largo Andaluz 13, near metro stops Picoas , Marques de Pompal or Parque. webpage here  http://www.exelisboaparque.com/EN/hotel.html

The rooms were spacious, bath too, the views on the 2fl a bit obstructed by the nearby buildings but for the location, services can be beaten. right off the marque de Pompal monument and the superb avenida Libertade. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. I will no doubt have no problems staying there again.

From the hotel I took my walks in the evenings all over the vast avenida da libertade from the monument at plaça marques de pompal all the way to plaça Dom Pedro IV, where I even past a branch of the famous Parisien resto Brasserie FLO. Beautiful fountains stores and the great plaça restauradores with beautiful buildings all around it.

Before long it was time to eat,and I was told about a restaurant there at plaça de restauradores call Pinoquio (like the famous character Pinocchio), this is seafood of Portugal at its best. The service was impeccable friendly,and the food sublime. it started to rain but no bother I was in heaven. I order my usual beers and then the dish was Feijoada de marisco. This is magnificent casserole of shrimp, lobsters,clams, and white beans stew, just fab and of course enough for one person ,really it could be ordered for two. Its a great dish I will try to imitate at home, so the recipe in Portuguese is here, http://www.petiscos.com/receita.php?recid=439&catid=8

Like, I said, it was raining light, and I decided to face it and walk back seeing all the sights and smells of avenida da Libertade. During the daytime we went to the Tivoli forum shopping a deluxe shopping center right on the avenida da libertade, and we had lunch in the food court there, where a vast cafeteria serves different kinds of fast food, we try the beef people counter with a goat cheese hamburger with limonade. http://www.lisbonlux.com/lisbon-shops/tivoli-forum.html

And I came home not before setting my sights on returning either in October wiht me or in summer with the family; will see, it is tempting LIsbon is catchy, maybe I have the city at heart by now. Cheers and enjoy the weekend I have a four day Holiday in France ::)

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May 25, 2014

Real Madrid 10th Champions!!! The greatest!!!

well indeed with all the travel I have overlook a bit my passion of football/soccer, just notice my last entry on the subject was back on July 28, 2013!

The team this year had a marvelous season , if they missed the LIga of Spain finishing third , it was the first with a new coach and new philosophy. It all we have won the most LIgas in history with 32. Atlético de Madrid won the Liga this year for the 10th time with a team playing together for as much as four years.

However, in the Spanish King’s cup, we won again beating archrivals Barcelona (second in the Liga) 1X2 with the winning goal from Welsh international Gareth Bale. It was our 19th King’s Cup in history.

The big one came in the top European competition the Champions’s Cup. We had to start winning against teams like Juventus of Italy a former winner, and on our way to the final beat teams like the last two Champions winners, Borussia Dormund and Bayern Munich by big scores. This was to be our 10th Champions, the most of any team by far.

We reach the final against the Cinderella team this year, Atlético de Madrid. Playing for their second final in their history (againts 13 for us) they have done an excellent year wining the Spanish LIga and knocking off Barcelona in the Liga and the Champions semifinals. The momentum was on their side.

However, this is the CHAMPIONS, and the history, class, of Real Madrid came thru. After controlling the first part of the game and only falling behind by an unusual mistake of goalie Iker Casillas coming out too early to clear a ball, giving Godin, the Atlético defender the goal ,they came back roaring.

First, the papa Sergio Ramos, another central defender came thru in time to tie the game on a brilliant header. 1X1 after the regular time of 90 minutes plus 5 minutes referee addition for wasting time in stop, injuries, etc, normal in a football.soccer game.

The extra time started what seems to be a game header for deciding on penalty kicks. two 15 minutes half to decide or go into penalties.

This is where the class, shirt, history of this team came out . Coach Carlo Ancelotti of Italy make some good changes bringing in marcelo and Isco, and the team took off with extra lung capacity. They were all over pressuring constantly until the inevitable came in.

In the 110th minutes came in the Welsh stallion Gareth Bale again to score, what turn out to be the decisive goal of victory. the team was running still like the first minute and the Atlético was broken hardly could run. then came the expected, Marcelo scoring in the 118th minute ,one for Brazil. The 10th was ours no matter what we were in total control.

And ,if not enough, Cristiano Ronaldo score on a penalty kick, after a foul by Godin, the scorer for Atlético and after protesting, was send off from the field by the referee. The Atlético was humbling, could not run anymore, and CR7 score in the 123rd minutes the final 4X1 score. Cristiano Ronald has now a record 17 goals in a Champions, of all history, one for Portugal.

The team came back to Madrid in addition to all of us who followed on the TV and bars all over the world, there were 80000 fans watching on a giant screen in the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. The celebration continues from there down to Cibeles fountain, the symbol of Madrid and Real Madrid in Alcala street (my street living there and to note also played for the team alavin division to start a dream that grows with time!!).

The celebration continues until past 6AM with an estimâted over 500 000 fans filling the Streets where Madrid became a one city huge party. WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS were sung by all, and indeed we are the best ever ever that played this sport. Hala Madrid!!!

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February 7, 2014

Madrid is like home!

Well this one was a quick one two days meeting but always nice to take advantage to come to Madrid, my Madrid of childhood memories.

I was there from Tuesday to Thursday and staying at the now usual hotel Ayre Gran Colon was great by Dr Esquerdo. http://www.ayrehoteles.com/hotel-colon/  the location can’t be beaten to be away from tourist central, you are near lines 6 and 9 of metro by Sainz de Baranda or Conde de Casal, and plenty of bus lines stop in the corner of calle pez volador and dr esquerdo. walking distance to the Retiro park.

Coming from the Airport, Barajas at Terminal 4 I try the new law on the flat rate for the taxis, 30 euros and you are at your hotel; very nice and easy, the meter already says 30,00 when you get on. This is the scoop, from official Spain airports site, http://www.aena-aeropuertos.es/csee/ContentServer/Aeropuerto-Madrid-Barajas/en/Page/1237554330997//Taxi.html

I had my rounds at the usual Cerveceria Cruz Blanca at calle Dr Esquerdo, very nice folks , prompt nice service and no tourists ::) http://www.cerveceriacruzblanca.es/donde_encontrarnos.php#

My luck have it was there during the Copa del Rey or King’s Cup game between my Real Madrid and the local rivals Atletico de Madrid, well it was a feast to Watch with good company, we won 3×0!!! almost qualifying us to the semifinals!!! Can’t beat watching a football/soccer game in Madrid and at a bar lol!!!  More of the football/soccer there at the tourist office http://www.esmadrid.com/en/football and of course will only tell you about the Real Madrid FC http://www.realmadrid.com/cs/Satellite/en/Prehome_ES2.htm

Until my next chance in my beloved City, in Madrid to heaven and a hole in the sky to look down on it every day !!!! Cheers have a great weekend.

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January 1, 2014

2013 in review, Thank you all, Best wishes for 2014.

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December 30, 2013

Some news from France CXXI

ok so this is short and sassy, just to wish all my readers ,friends,and family the very best in 2014. Without fanfare but an honest wish to provide you with all you are seeking in this world, health especially so we can continue to go for glory,gold and the pursue of happiness

 

So therefore, Happy New Year 2014 to all.

 

Feliz Año Nuevo 2014 a todos

 

Bonne Année 2014 à tous

Feliz Ano Novo a todos.

 

This one is for you all. And thanks again for following my most precious hobby of traveling around this beautiful country and the world. More in 2014.

And from my favorite city to you, Cheers

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December 6, 2013

More of Madrid Spain!

well Madrid was a dream that became a reality several years back, and it has been a virus of love ever since that day on December 30 1971 that I landed at Barajas international airport Madrid. I lived for almost the next four years there ,and then visited often sometimes more than once a year. Its one of those cities you won’t feel tired of coming back for more. This time was business ,but no matter, it was heavens on earth just before the Christmas, Navidad season.

I made a doubre cross journey, first going from Nantes to Paris Orly airport and then Madrid and then coming back from Madrid to Paris CDG and Nantes all on Air France/Air Europa. The trip was excellent as usual..::)

I first seek out friends met over the years and have a tapas and glass of beer of one of my favorites places there  ,the Cerveceria Cruz Blanca. Many branches so I had first at Menendez Pelayo 47 and then at Doctor Esquerdo 157. At first had me rice pilaf with squid in black sauce to kill for, and little fry fish boquerones, all wash down with cruzcampo beer and a nice cup of coffee. Then came back next day for the counter, beers of the same with an order of patatas revolconas or blended potatoes and bacon cornhusker, and torrejas (delicious old bread in cinnamon sauce) as well as that strong cup of expresso coffee. Sublime and nice to be back.http://www.cerveceriacruzblanca.es/

I stayed as usual on business at the Ayre Gran Hotel Colon, pez volador ,1 corner of Dr Esquerdo near metro sainz de baranda lines 6 and 9; easy connection from Barajas airport. The service is always impeccable and clean nice spacious rooms at a great price of 72 euros including breakfast. http://www.ayrehoteles.com/en/hotel-colon/

I took my scrolls around Retiro park , memories of youth and always supreme, grand beautiful, nostalgic, romantic, daring, just awesome. I used to lived not far from there in Quintana line 5 of Metro of Madrid.

I had the chance to visit my all time favorite store , El Corte Inglés, it has been a tradition of the family for years, back back. This time I visit the nearest one to my beloved Santiago Bernabeu stadium at Paseo de la Castellana, corner of Calle Serrano ; http://www.elcorteingles.es/centroscomerciales/centroscomerciales/cargarAplicacionCentro.do?identificador=161&idComunidad=13

and to add, the Real Madrid basketball team won again on a roll undefeated,and the football team moving up just 3 points behind the leader, one game, just one game!!! Hala Madrid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Like I said, a business trip , quick in and out, but to be Madrid even a minute it is Worth it. Madrid to heaven and a hole in the sky to look down on it everyday!!! cheers

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November 22, 2013

Some news from Spain XII

This is time to write about Spain, its been a while but when you are far ,well busy…..

My team the Real Madrid , that have written so much on it here, is now in third place but will have that change at the end of the season ::) They are getting ready for the next Liga BBVA match vs Almeria;in the 14 game of the season in Almeria.  We have 31 points with 13 matches ,10 wins,1 tied,2 losses ,35 goals in favor, and 17 goals against (poor).

We play the first round of the King’s Cup (Copa del Rey) vs Olimpic de Xàtiva, on Dec 7 and the return on Dec 12 2013. And the bigger Champions league of Europe, we are playing the group rounds in Group B, vs Galatarasay of Turkey, Copenhagen of Denmark, and Juventus of Italy. We are in first place with 10 points our seconds only have 4! so we will go thru the next round.

In basketball, we are in first place undefeated 6×0, in the Liga Endesa with our next match Nov 24 vs our derby Estudiantes at home. In the Euroleague or basketball equivalent of the Champions league we are in Group B with Milano Italy, Efes Pilsen Turkey, Zalguiris Lithuania,Brose of Germany, and Strasbourg of France.

The sorting of the groups for the World Cup in Brazil next June 2014 will be held on december 6, and Spain will not be with France for the group ::) See the photo for the bombo or picking group.

In a contest in metropoli of El Mundo newspaper they had chosen as the best souvenir boutiques of the muséums in Spain as the Prado, Thyssen-Bornemizra, both of Madrid, then Alhambra of Granada, Fundacion Joan Miro , Barcelona ,and the Guggenheim of Bilbao.

In Spain we rendered honor to the 50 years of the Pirelli calendar;you know the one with the beautiful women…http://www.pirellical.com/50years/

And now that its about the time to be Christmas i missed most my times in Spain, Castilla y Leon, Zamora, Leon, Salamanca, Valladolid, Segovia, Soria, Avila y Palencia. memories….

The Centro Cubano, 41-1º Calle Claudio Coello, Madrid, the oldest Cuban restaurant in Europe (open in 1967) closed in 2011. Now I hear that members of the family are trying to open a new one in José Ortega y Gasset street. no name yet. Stay tuned. http://www.elcentrocubano.es/

I will be back again early December 2013 ::) Have a great weekend.

Marid

 

July 28, 2013

Real Madrid, the Liga is here again, my other love

Here we are heading into August and the smell of the rubber ball is coming around again. My other love is football,soccer, or calcio, since coming into this world.

And there is no greater love than the  Real Madrid FC, Madrid, Spain. It was my team while alavin, and benjamin divisions while living in Madrid, and it has stayed in my heart forever. If that time comes to be away from this world I have ask to be wrap in the colors of my team, blanco y puro para siempre. White and pure forever, the colors of the team or popularly known as merenque or meringue.

My love began in 1971 when in Madrid (from there went to Paris 1972 and you know the name of my blog). But lets talk about modern times.

WE have a new coach Carlo Ancelotti of Italy, a winner wherever he has been and hopefully that will continue with our club. He comes to us from making the Paris Saint-Germain French champions last year coming from nowhere. The amazing assistant will be the one and only maestro Zidanine Zidane, of France and former Real Madrid player. His son Enzo plays in the juniors with Real Madrid !

The team has been reinforce and change a bit as usual on every season. The Liga starts August 18th vs Betis of Sevilla at home. Before, starting today they are on a USA tour for friendlies and participating in an international champions tournaments with other European teams.

The squad for the trip will be Goalkeepers: Casillas, Diego Lopez, Jesus and Tomas Mejias.
Defenders: Varane, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrão, Marcelo, Carvajal, Arbeloa, Nacho, Casado and Mateos.
Midfielders: Khedira, Kaká, Özil, Xabi Alonso, Modric, Di Maria, Illarramendi, Isco, Casemiro and Cheryshev. Forwards: Ronaldo, Benzema, Morata and Jese.

Its not a definite squad but pretty much set up. Recently they tied 2X2 in Lyon vs OL Lyon and beat in Sweden the Paris Saint-Germain 1×0. So this tour is the final fine tuning before coming home for the XXXV Santiago Bernabeu cup vs Al Sadd at home August 22nd at 22h30.  Raul Gonzalez Blanco the emblematic ex Captain of Real Madrid will return to the stadium where he played for 16 seasons. He will play 45 minutes with each team. This will be the first time that Qatari Club plays this Tournament. Al- Sadd FC is the most successful club in the country with 13 leagues, 13 Emir Cups and two AFC Champions League.

The basketball endesa league that I ,also, follow for the team will be starting the 2013-14 basketball season with La Liga Endesa Supercup in Vitoria on October 4th and 5th. The regular season will begin the following weekend of October 12th and 13th and will close on May 25th with the 34th fixture of the year,2014.  The team will be lead by coach Pablo Laso, with Rodriguez, Drapier, Llull,Jaycee Carroll, Suarez,Rudy Fernandez, Darden, Mirotic, Slaughter,Felipe Reyes, Bourousis,and Mejri, amongst the sure so far.

You can have a tour of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, http://www.realmadrid.com/cs/Satellite/en/1330131266093/ContenedorEstadio/Santiago_Bernabeu.htm

The official site for the team in English is at http://www.realmadrid.com/cs/Satellite/en/Home.htm

My favorite forum for discussion is below on my blogroll in Spanish and here http://www.fororealmadrid.com/index.php

You can see the games in internet from afar here http://www.rojadirecta.me/

And you can, always do it in company with bars around the world that show the games here, http://www.soccerbars.com/

Now, you can buy Real Madrid souvenirs online here and the shipping is available to several countries, the real thing. http://www.realmadridshop.com/stores/realmadrid/default.aspx

or if at the stadium here Estadio Santiago Bernabéu
Entrada C/ Padre Damián, Puerta 55
Telephone:+34 913 984 300
Mondays to Sundays  10:30 to 20:30h ,

and the Carmen location at Calle Carmen, 3
Teléphone +34  91 521 7950
Mondays to Saturdays  10 to 21 h, Sundays  10 to 19h

we have a foundation that helps others and keep kids in soccer/football away from troubles and needs, here http://www.realmadrid.com/cs/Satellite/en/1193041516335/Fundacion/Foundation.htm

 

 Now for the uninitiated this is Real Madrid 9 times champion of Europe(most), 32 League championships in Spain (most), 18 King’s cup in Spain (third) , in football/Soccer. In basketball, 8 times Champion of Europe(most) , 23 King’s Cup of Spain( tied most); the main competitions. Hala Madrid!!!!!!

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March 1, 2013

Some news from Spain XI

Well been letting this tag kind of alone lately but its lively in Spain always. My latest finds to share with my readers are,

First , you have concerts from some of my all time favorites such as Merche, April 18 at Joy Madrid, 20€, at a nostalgic place whre Iused to go for theater plays when young, then a disco, then a nightclub of all, and the famous of Spain, more info http://www.joy-eslava.com/Joy_Madrid/Bienvenida.html

 Top it off with Alejandro Sanz, June 26/27 at palacio de los deportes, from 33€ to 235€ on sale at ticketmaster or El Corte Inglés stores.http://www.palaciodedeportes.com/eventos_detalle.php?id=524

You have Chenoa playing May 24 for 25/35€ with sales at El Corte Inglés and at Teatro Compac Gran Via, http://www.gruposmedia.com/teatros/teatro-compac-gran-via-madrid/

of course in the Palacio de los deportes of Madrid you can see many things and I used to do fencing and volleyball there when young, now you can see the Real Madrid basketball team 7 times European Champion and on top of group in the euroligue this year. In the league official page, you can see the history of Real Madrid baloncesto or basketball, http://www.euroleague.net/competition/teams/showteam?clubcode=MAD&seasoncode=E2012

Tabacalera, la Antigua Fábrica de Tabacos de Madrid, or the old cigars factory of Madrid was built between  1780 and 1792, Initially it was set up as  Real Fábrica de Aguardientes y Naipes or Royal factory of eau de vie  and game cards.  It served this way for a while before been change to a Fábrica de Tabacos y Rapé or factory of cigars and snuff in 1809 ,and kept the manufacture until the end of the 20C. Now from 2007 onward it is handle as a center of visual arts on the street level and basement the rest is used by other centers for diverse exhibitions.  It is located at Calle Embajadores,51 metro embajadores line 3 or cercanias train C5. It is open Tuesdays to Fridays from  12h to  20h. Saturdays, Sundays ,and holidays from 11h to 20h. Mondays closed.  You have a wonderful expo on painting,and architecture by José Manuel Ballester  until April 28;more info here http://www.mcu.es/promoArte/MC/Ballester/exposicion.html

Do stop by Casa de América, at Cibeles 2 metro banco de España open from Mondays to Saturdays from 11h to 19h30, and Sundays from 11h to 15h,free admission. http://www.casamerica.es/

Casa Europa at the old and wonderful Circulo de Bellas Artes or beaux-arts circle at calle marques de Casa Riera,and Alcala , metro banco de España,  more info here http://www.circulobellasartes.com/visitas.php

Some of the best places to see Madrid my youthful city are, museo de Antropologia or Anthropology museum, Calle alfonso XII, http://mnantropologia.mcu.es/  ,and the Biblioteca National or national library, http://www.bne.es/en/Inicio/index.html  ;Casa de Lope de Vega, when young his were the books and stories we learned Spanish and our history; here is where the writer lived and died from 1610 to 1635, at Calle Cervantes 11 in a very Madrilene district nearest metro Anton Martin. free admission at the regional gov site, sorry its long and in Spanish,  http://www.emes.es/VivirenMadrid/MuseosdeMadrid/FichaMuseo/casa-museo-lope-vega/tabid/608/itemid/1/type/Museo/Default.aspx

The Cathedral of Almudena, guided visit for 6€, visit apart the chapel of the bishop for 2€; http://www.archimadrid.es/catedral/  the wonders of monasteries, such as monasterio de la Encarnacion, plaza de la encarnacion, metro opera, admission 7€ painting of Madrid and the Bourbons, http://www.patrimonionacional.es/Home/Monasterios-y-Conventos/Real-Monasterio-de-la-Encarnacion.aspx and the more popular Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, plaza de las descalzas, metro Sol, admission 7€ more info here http://www.patrimonionacional.es/Home/Monasterios-y-Conventos/Monasterio-de-las-Descalzas-Reales.aspx

Museo de Cera or wax museum with nice history of Spain inside, near Colon Plaza. at paseo de los recoletos, metro Colon. 16€ more info here http://www.museoceramadrid.com/  The Lazaro Galdiano museum at Serrano 122, one of the most brilliant private expositions of paintings in Spain, http://www.flg.es/museo/museo.htm Museo Casa Natal de Cervantes, this is where it is claimed Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra was born (the wter of Don Quijote)  at Alcala de Henares, more info http://www.museo-casa-natal-cervantes.org/

The palace of El Pardo, including the casa del principe Don Carlos, paintings including one of Queen Isabel the Catholic, http://www.patrimonionacional.es/Home/Palacios-Reales/Palacio-Real-de-El-Pardo.aspx ; the palacio Real, http://www.patrimonionacional.es/Home/Palacios-Reales/Palacio-Real-de-Madrid.aspx, and the Palacio Real de Aranjuez, http://www.patrimonionacional.es/Home/Palacios-Reales/Real-Sitio-de-Aranjuez.aspx ,and the palacio Real de la Granja at near Segovia, the Versailles of Spain, http://www.patrimonionacional.es/Home/Palacios-Reales/Palacio-Real-de-La-Granja-de-San-Ildefonso.aspx

The Planetario or planetarium of Madrid, http://www.planetmad.es/horarios/horarios.html ; Real Monasterio de El Escorial, http://www.patrimonionacional.es/Home/Palacios-Reales/Real-Sitio-de-San-Lorenzo-del-Escorial.aspx  the Real Observatorio de Madrid, or astronomy with telescopes meridian, clocks, and mirrors including a pendulum clock from Foucault, http://www.ign.es/rom/visitas/index.jsp

I won’t need to tell you about the triangle of arts that includes the Prado, Reina Sofia,and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums. But do take a look at the Museo Sorolla, general martinez campo, 37 metro Iglesias; free admission,and the best collection of this Valencian painter; wonderful place, http://museosorolla.mcu.es/informacion.html  and do visit the museo Taurino behind the Ventas monumental bullfighting ring, metro ventas line 2 and 5, where I lived for four years nearby.  Calle  Alcala ,  237  just from the gardens,  http://www-2.munimadrid.es/guia/visualizador/login.do?externalApp=true

And one of favorites areas for the cable car or teleferico to Casa de Campo, where you have a zoo,aquarium, attraction rides park,and just great. http://www.teleferico.com/ and http://www.parquedeatracciones.es/  and http://www.zoomadrid.com/ right from paseo del pintor Rosales on the parque de la Montaña more known as parque del oeste you have the temple Debod, egyptian gift to Spain in 1968, from the gods Amon and Isis. http://www.esmadrid.com/en/temple-of-debod

And last, I ate at Dehesa de Santa Maria, Calle Mayor, 88  a franchise chain all over Spain with tapas, hams,sausages, and beer/wine right at old Madrid near plaza Mayor ,slow service for a plate of four tapas and two beers 13,90€ the price was right, but not one I will be going back ::) http://www.dehesasantamaria.com/paginas/restaurantes.htm

Enjoy Madrid and you know it life is beautiful, more so in Madrid ::)

February 23, 2013

Madrid to heaven and a hole in the sky to look down on it every day!

I just came back from visiting again Madrid, my Madrid. IF you have not read my blog, I lived there for four years in the 1970’s, and then came back for the 1982 World Cup of Football/Soccer,then again in 1990, and then from 2003 , I have been coming here two to three times per year. Needless to say is one of my favorite cities in the world, rather high on my scale.

Madrid is envigorating to the soul, active, modern, no taboos, free, open, lively, enthusiastic even in the worst economic situation like now, with an Iberia strike that needed two re schedules of my flight but so what,its Madrid, all worth it a million times.  Madrid is From Madrid to heaven and a hole in the sky to look down on it everyday. I do look on it every day thanks for the TVE tv station that I see here,and the radio Los 40 principales, and countless of friends and family,and my soul brothers of the Real Madrid FC; its a treat to be back,and I savour it every second of its air.

I made a short visit, business needs, but took the time the best I can manage it to see a bit of the city, from the wonderful magnificent Prado museum to the interesting and history museo naval or navy museum all is glitter. Webpages here http://www.museodelprado.es/  where the van goth exhibition has been extended by popular demand. and the navy at http://www.armada.mde.es/ArmadaPortal/page/Portal/ArmadaEspannola/ciencia_museo/prefLang_es/

You have many wonderful churches full of history from the church of Nuestra Señora de Carmen, history of Madrid since 1575 with the carmelites rites, and and the church built between 1610 and 1640,   and the church of San Gines de Arles,  it is know in writing since 1332, but they are some indices it could be from the 13C , the church of calatrava  done in the old monastery of  Real de la Concepción, better known as the commandements of Calatrava, here since  1623. Church of San Jeronimo, a history full of Spain, it goes back tot he order of the Saint Jerome from the year  1464. In May 9 , 1502 Queen Isabel the Catholic give the monks of jeronimos Santa Maria del Paso a place close the courts, a place that came to be known as Prado de San Jerónimo, and now you know the museum of Prado ::), and mine Church of San Benito and San Manuel right off Alcala and across from Retiro park , http://www.jeaf.com/samasabe/

The Retiro park,parque del buen retiro and the Real Madrid stadium Santiago Bernabeu with the Cibeles fountain, all a symbol of my Madrid, the stay was at Ayre Gran Colon hotel off pez volador and calle dr esquerdo, http://www.ayrehoteles.com/fr/hotel-colon/?utm_expid=42055456-9&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ayrehoteles.com%2Ffr%2Fhotel-colon%2F%3FidPrm%3DBUS002%26idONg%3DGOU%26gclid%3DCIbNxdaczbUCFYbHtAodGi8AOQ

My Puerta de Alcala, and Plaza Mayor, and so much more need to have a blog just for it, but you get the idea, Madrid is heaven, and you should discover it. If you need more let me know, I bet I know every nook of it. Enjoy the photos. Cheers.

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