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 ::)

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