Some news from Spain II

ok some rain and summery weather and it looks like summer is coming early all over. I have relatives visiting Madrid to relatives so its been a recap week for all of us.

The news is my beloved Mahou beer of Madrid brewery is finally demolished to make way for improvements in the project Madrid Rio. So many years of loyalty to its Cinco Estrellas with a glass or caña in hand, memories that will linger forever.  THis is the one next to Stadium Vicente Calderon where the other Madrid team Atletico de Madrid plays its football matches, well not for long either, they will be demolished too.

A neat local statistic is that every 3 out of 4 visitors to Madrid repeats!! he/she is around 37 yrs old ,comes with company ,and spent about 100€ per day for a total of four nights in the capital. This is about the national or local tourist only.

Holy week or Semana Santa in Spain and in Madrid they had to suspend the procession for risk of rain, that it did, and this is not good to the statues that all have a high value in any way you put it. These were especially the ones for Nuestro Padre Jesús del Gran Poder ,and the  María Santísima de la Esperanza Macarena.

23 provinces in Spain will have rain risk tomorrow Holy Friday or Viernes Santo. The streets in the centro or city center of Madrid will be full of Cofradias taking their venerated saints out for a walk weather permitting.  Today Barajas airport is expected to handle 1239 flights for Holy Thursday!!

And the biggest news out of Spain is …..Real Madrid 1 barcelona 0 CAMPEONES EN LA COPA DEL REY. We are the Champions of the Kings’ Cup 2011 in Spain with a wonderful headed goal by Cristiano Ronaldo in the 102nd minute. Vastly superior was the Real Madrid with barcelona only doing some movement in the second half. The game went into overtime. So now the barcelona has already clinch the Liga or regular championship and Real Madrid has won the Copa. The deciding for the bragging rights of the year will be the Champions league game next wednesday at Bernabeu stadium in Madrid and a week later at camp nou in barcelona. This is the semi final with the other set been Schalke 04 the surprising German team of former Madrid player Raul; and Manchester United of England.

And according to 20minutes.es the most conflicting points for traffic in Madrid are Moratalaz by Camino de Vinateros intersection with Arroyo de la Media Legua. Barajas by avenida de Logroño with Bahía de Cádiz. Fuencarral, between Ventisquero de la Condesa and Collado Tirobarra , as well as between avenida  de Betanzos and avenida  de la Ilustración. Villaverde, by avenida de Andalucía with avenida  Rocafort. Moncloa-Aravaca, between  Arroyo Pozuelo and Húmera.Also access to the bus  bus- VAO  interchange. Chamberí, between avenida Filipinas and  Jesús Maestro. Chamartín , at the intersection of  paseo de la Castellana with  Rafael Salgado. Latina , by the avenida de los Poblados with the parking of  Aluche. Retiro-Salamanca , by Doctor Esquerdo with O’Donnell.

For peatons the most difficult is the Puerta de Alcala, according to RACE the Royal Automobile Club of Spain. Very little time and space to cross the street there, of course is a round about archway in the middle of the street.

And as for motocycles, these are the worse offender with little respect for the traffic signal or pedestrians;  Bravo Murillo-Ríos Rosas (Chamberí) , Plaza de Cibeles,intersection with paseo de  Recoletos and calle Alcalá (Centro). Pº de la Castellana-Profesor Waksman (Chamartín). Plaza de Lima, intersection with paseo de la Castellana with General Perón (Chamartín). Plaza de la Independencia, coming towards Calle  Serrano with Calle Alcalá (Centro).

Next April 27 all over Madrid with free admission to all Madrid will have its 6th annual  Noche de los Libros or Night of the Books, stands of book sellers and exchanges all over from 21h to 01h.

And if want something typical, genuine, good, and witha beautiful decoration for a romantic night or else outside Madrid go to San Lorenzo de El Escorial and visit the restaurant Charolés, Calle de Floridablanca,24 . Tel +34 918 90 59 75,practically in front of Monasterio.you wont be disappointed if a bit pricey but good.

Saludos.

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