Posts tagged ‘Real Madrid’

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.

Madrid Madrid Madrid Madrid Madrid Madrid Madrid Madrid

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

Versailles Versailles Versailles

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

Madrid Madrid Madrid Madrid Madrid Madrid Madrid Madrid Madrid

 

 

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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September 26, 2012

Some news from France LXXXIII

This is something I missed the most from the Paris/Versailles region where I lived and worked for almost 10 years. The sports bars, here in Brittany they are a lot more subdue and fewer.

I just read an article in Le Figaro about them and decided why not give them a bit of advertising ,its really very British but all do partake ::)

I have written on some of  them in my blog previously but these are some new joints that are worth checking them out.

Liverpool. You can come acroos at it folks following this club, call  Rush Bar , you will see the shirt colors there even when there is no match ; they even have a certificate on a frame on the wall to prove it.  location : 32, rue Saint-Sébastien (75011).Tél. +33 (0) 1 43 57 32 04.  A sport bars webpage http://www.allomatch.com/sport-bar/paris/rush-bar.html

Manchester City.Au Bombardier, you are more discreet, but the fans do enjoy it here. Location:  68, rue de la Montagne-Sainte-Geneviève (75005). Tél.+33 (0) 1 43 54 79 22. www.bombardierpub.fr

Manchester United. For the diehard fan of the team leader in Manchester you come here and diehard fan open this joint , Sacha Toubart, The Coq & Bulldog ;location  64, rue de Clichy (75009). Tél. +33 (0) 9 82 40 56 36. They use a Facebook site for info, https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Coq-Bulldog-Pub/226637367401560

Hull City AFC.  Its a bit more confidential at the  The Cricketer  for the diehard fans of the club Hull City AFC, second division in UK but a following here at  41, rue des Mathurins (75008).Tél. +33 (0) 1 40 07 01 45. From my French writing site, http://www.cityvox.fr/bars-et-cafes_paris/the-cricketer-pub_3572/InfosPratiques

Celtic Glasgow. «Glory glory Glasgow Celtic!» the evenings of victory chants  can be heard on the place Blanche 43 times Champion of Scotland . The Harp, 118, bd de Clichy (75018). Tél.+33 ( 0) 1 43 87 64 99. www.harpbar.com

Fiorentina. On 8 to 10 TV screens at  Havane ,the only Parisien café to show all the matches of the club at  70, bd Auguste-Blanqui (75013).Tél. +33  (0) 1 43 37 48 64. www.havanecafe.fr

Napoli Calcio. Here you only will see the colors blue like in Calcio at the  Bambolina Caffé at 13, rue Rougemont (75009).Tél. +33( 0) 1 48 24 57 49. From the sports bars webpage http://www.allomatch.com/sport-bar/paris/bambolina-caffe.html

Real Madrid. Another place to see my team, and great it is of course ::)  You see it at Pirada,  7, rue de Lappe (75001).Tél. +33  (0) 1 47 00 73 61.www.pirada.com

Where to play it, yes indeed there are fields in Paris.

The five on five side game of course; you can use the fields for an hour, and all awaits the opening of the Elite 5 Soccer in about 10 more days at two minutes from La Défense with a bonus  Jacuzzi. location: 46, rue des Courrières, Nanterre (92). Tél. +33 (0) 6 52 80 43 23. http://www.elite5soccer.com/index1.php

Open since June, the Le Five Paris is the only place in inner Paris, it is a prestigious address with 12 fields that you can even video the games at  32, rue Moussorgski (75018). Tél. +33 (0) 1 48 40 24 06. www.lefive.fr

Le Street, located in nearby department 95 of  Val-d’Oise,was founded amongst others by a journalist  of the magazine So Foot: ,chic,branché. At 200-208, chaussée Jules-César, Beauchamp (95).Tél. +33 (0) 1 39 60 90 22.www.lestreet.fr

And lets not forget  UrbanFootball, one of the first firms that created these centers in the Paris region. www.urbanfootball.fr

The younger crowd has them too:

At the jardin des Tuileries, the students from the school of  Notre-Dame de Saint-Roch, have three shops of football/soccer by age brackets every wednesday afternoon from 12h30 to 17h. Open to kids from outside the school as well. Cost is  285 € per year at  37, rue Saint-Roch (75001). Tél. +33 (0) 1 42 61 21 82.www.ecolesaintroch.fr

More  BCBG, the PO cultural association near the church of  Saint-Sulpice is an institution on the rive gauche. The children from 6 to 15 years old play every Wednesday afternoons i their stadium at  Châtenay-Malabry. 66, rue d’Assas (75006). email:  foot@le-po.com  webpage http://www.le-po.com/index.php?PHPSESSID=2ecf59bfe41f5e82ac973d9c59c4357f

And to be equipped nothing than the best of course, its Paris.

The boutique NSH  has a small selection of shirts of leyends like the famous  Johnny Rep of Saint-Étienne in the years 1980 (60 €).location  2, bd Saint-Martin (75010).Tél.+33 (0) 1 40 18 10 38.www.nshfootball.fr

More references can be found in the webpage of the  Les Voyages en Ballon, that also, organise an annual football  «rétro-vintage» at Parc du Tremblay.www.lveb.net

And face with the demand the makers of the round ball have duplications of the best shirts of footballers such as the «Authentic» (120 €) of the PSG and the team of  France are available at the main store  Nike at 67, avenue des Champs-Élysées (75008). Tél. +33  (0) 1 42 25 93 80. www.nikeparis.net

Happy footing in Paris. Cheers

Madrid

September 22, 2012

Madrid, Madrid walking and memories of teenager, always Madrid

Another chance in life to visit Madrid, for four days last week. Always great feeling as this was my entry into Europe,and lived there with my mother for several years in quintana. This time was a business trip but plenty of time to walk and see my areas, my neighborhood of old Quintana;line 5 in the metro de Madrid.

I stayed as always recently at the Ayre hotels Gran Colon at Calle del Pez Volador, 1: this is an excellent hotel, with cafe resto dj music disco style at nights, big rooms, nice friendly service, and central to all of Madrid on lines 6 circular and 9 at calle doctor Esquerdo or the buses 56,143,156 stops right there. webpage http://www.ayrehoteles.com/en/hotels/ayre-gran-hotel-colon-madrid/the-hotel/home/

The Café Ayre is wonderful with dj music ,big sports TV, (saw my Real Madrid vs Manchester City, we won !!! 3×2)  , and a Champions records win, see it at official Real Madrid site ,http://www.realmadrid.com/cs/Satellite/en/Actualidad_Primer_Equipo_en/1330118765922/noticia/Noticia/Real_Madrid_reach_100_Champions_League_victories.htm  The breakfast are full style with plenty to eat and great display of goodies,nice. I needed taxi service once to get to office and they were very efficient and on time. Nice hotel complex.

I walk Madrid, like any city ,the best way to really get to know it. I walk the areas that I ran and hide to go out in my early teens years; the walk up to the Torre España or Spain tower ,with 220 meters high (232 with TV antennas), and the tree line calle del alcalde sainz de baranda to get to calle Menendez Pelayo and the wonderful Retiro park or Parque del Buen Retiro, and see the place I went to birthday parties etc now a fine resto Florida Park,,the wonderful fountains and alleyways of the park, the monument to General Martinez Campos with the inscriptions of his campaigns like a major one in Cuba in the 1876-1895. You come behind the monumental arch and statue to king Alfonso XIII and the lake or estanco del Retiro with its magical boats, that I once rode my girlfriends on it lol!!! Still the place to be if you are in love ::) info from Madrid tourist office ,http://www.esmadrid.com/en/portal.do?IDM=438&NM=3&TR=C&IDR=341

I went over Menendez Pelayo, and doctor Esquerdo streets, see the nice church of the Santisimo Samontinos,  Calle del Alcalde Sáinz de Baranda, 3 off Menendez Pelayo; info webpage http://www.misas.org/p/parroquia-del-santisimo-sacramento-sacramentinos-madrid . Had my wonderful merluza with almonds garlic,olive oil dish, and chips and nice cruzcampo beers,and Mahou 5 Estrellas try them all lol!! again. Finish with a nice coffee, all for 32€ yes the fish dish was huge! and the beers plenty just needed to walk back to hotel ::) This was at Cerveceria Cruz Blanca at calle Menendez Pelayo,47, webpage http://www.cerveceriacruzblanca.es/donde_encontrarnos.php# with branches all over the area.

Of course, I visited my old neighborhood of Quintana, right off metro line 5 at Alcala 331, always a pilgrimage when in town. The plaza Quintana with my old Docamar was the site of heavy mahou beers and patatas bravas, just across my old piso, apartment. The place was packed with people out mingling, talking, playing cards, just a bustle and hustle of a vibrant lively city as always the times or needs dont change in Madrid. From Madrid to heaven and a hole in the sky to look down on it everyday!!!!!

I have the chance to be driven around by the office management folks very nice people, and at nights the time to walk my favorites areas, just a great week in Madrid. I had the great chance to see Trujillo in Extremadura,and thats another post ::) Enjoy Madrid, always I will have Madrid.

Ahh I flew from Nantes on Iberia and this time they were on time handled by Air Nostrum. The ride was by car as I was nicely pick up at Barajas T4 by management.  I then try line 5,6,9 on the metro, and the rest of times walking;wonderful.  Madrid metro sitehttp://www.metromadrid.es/en/index.html . I will be back ,for now enjoy the photos. Cheers.

August 19, 2012

REAL MADRID ,La Liga is here again Hala Madrid!!!

Allo ,hello, ola, Hola la Liga is here again… Today the Liga starts, that is football for most ,soccer for some,and calcio for a few of you. This is Spain top division, commonly refere as the Liga BBVA as sponsored by the big Spanish bank.

Real Madrid starts the third year of Mouriñho term in office, and defending Liga Champions. The team is the glory of Spain and its history, 32 Liga championships speaks loud and clear in my book. However, a team such as this needs more , a lot more. The European Champions league is made for them, won it 9 times more than any,and its the team ultimate goal. So this year we are going for the 33rd Liga and the 10th Champions lol! Hala Madrid

A bit about me and the game as my travel time had kept the football in the background. My first steps into the sports was while living in Madrid as a young boy of 10, there playing around the Elipa, met some young Spaniards who encourage me to try for the team. My grandparents are from Tenerife so I had Spanish citizenship too. Ins and outs of the politics of the system I end up playing in the formation training group for the Real Madrid at Casa de Campo fields. This was the beginning of a beautiful friendship (as Ricky said in Casablanca), actually it had grown stronger over the years, and now its a passion without limits. And I am glad that my sons had shown an interes in the club as well.

Leaving Madrid was of necessary for my parents, but been fortunate enough to come back often,and now living in Europe again, my trips there are frequent. This allows to give me time to stay closer to my love,Real Madrid. It has given me the opportunity to stay closer to other fans with the same love,and to make new friends in Spain that have remain close over the years,sort like a family away from home.

Tonite the Liga starts,and with that life comes stronger ,tonite at 19h (Madrid time) the quest for the ultimate begins, and we play tough Valencia at Bernabeu stadium in Madrid.  This will be the eighth time in its history against Valencia on the opening day of the championship, and in the seven preceding matches Real Madrid have managed five wins, four of them in the Santiago Bernabeu, and only two losses. In the total balance of matches Real Madrid has managed 58 wins, 10 draws and nine defeats in the 77 games in which they played at home against Valencia CF.

The 2012-13 Real Madrid roster is of Casillas, Adán, and  Jesús as goalies, Defenders: Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Coentrão, Albiol, Arbeloa ,and Varane. Midfielders :Kaká, Özil, Xabi Alonso, Granero, Khedira, Lass, Callejón ,and Di María. Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Higuaín, and Morata.

The Liga for the rest started yesterday, with the first wins of Malaga, Sevilla, and Mallorca vs Celta, Getafe,and Espanyol.  If you want to follow the Liga in Spanish try here which I have in my links below my blog ,http://www.fororealmadrid.com/index.php  ,and if you want to see the games when not available in your home country try this site I have use for years while outside of Spain, Roja Directa. http://www.rojadirecta.me/ you can see a lot more than football/soccer.

Enjoy the Liga, the best in the world, and see the Real Madrid the best club in the world. Official webpage http://www.realmadrid.com/cs/Satellite/en/Home.htm

Cheers and happy Sunday.

Madrid Real Madrid

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