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April 7, 2016

Some News from Spain, XVIII

As have time today, will continue with the Spanish conquest ::) Many of us try to get into attractions, monuments, muséums  for the least possible cost ,meaning Free. Well ,Spain has many opportunities for this, and I will name most of them below. Just always check the official site before coming to them, you never know when they decide to change things.

Andalucia: Cordoba, Alcàzar de los Reyes Cristianos, Wednesdays to Fridays except holidays from 8h30 to 9h30

Granada, Huerta de San Vicente, Casa Museo Federico Garcia Lorca, everyday outside of Holidays.

Malaga, Fundacion Picasso Museo-Casa Natal Sundays is free.

Sevilla, Museo Naval Torre de Oro, on Mondays, Monasterio de la Cartuja, Wednesdays to Fridays from 19h onwards and Saturdays all day.

Castilla y Léon: Palencia, museo de Palencia, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays is free

Segovia, Museo de Arte Contemporàneo Estéban Vicente, Thursdays is free but closed until October 23rd

Léon, Museo de Léon ,free Saturdays and Sundays.

Valladolid, Casa-Museo de Cervantes, free on Sundays

Cantabria: Museo de Altamira, Saturdays from 14h and Sundays is free

Castilla-La Mancha: Toledo, Museo del Greco, Saturdays from 14h and Sundays is free

Cataluña/Catalunya: Museu Picasso de Barcelona First Sunday of each month from 9h to 18h30, and other Sundays from 15h to 18h30.
Museo Nacional de Arte de Cataluña MNAC , first Sundays of each month and Saturdays from 15h.
Museo de Historia de Cataluña-MHC , last wednesday of each month except July, August ,and September.

Communidad de Madrid: Museo del Prado, only museum collection Mondays to Saturdays from  18h,Sundays and Holidays from 17H.
Museo Reina Sofia, Mondays to Saturdays from 19h Sundays from 13h30 (from 14h30 only open for the collection 1 and some temporary exposition.
Museo Thyssen -Bornemisza, only the museum collection; Mondays from 12h (Mastercard Mondays) and the exposition of the program  ‘Miradas cruzadas’,every day.
Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando . Days not holidays ,some temporary expositions.
Museo Arqueologico Nacional, Museo Sorolla, Museo Nacional de Antropologia.Saturdays from 14h and Sundays.
Museo de America, on Sundays.
Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas, Sundays and Thursdays from 17h (from September to June), some temporary expositions and extraordinary openings.
Museo Cerralbo, Thursdays not holidays from 17h  (extraordinary opening), Saturdays from 14h and Sundays.
Museo del Traje ( permanent exhibition closed temporarly). Saturdays from 14h and Sundays. Also, July and August from 19h.
Museo del Romanticismo,Saturdays from 14h and Sundays.
Museo Làzaro Galdiano, Wednesdays to Saturdays from 15h30 ;Sundays from 14h ,and first Friday of each month  (From October 2nd 2015 to September 2016.
Palacio Real de Madrid, Mondays to Thursdays from 18h  (April to SEptember.) and from 16h  (October to March).
Real Monasterio de El Escorial , Palacio Real de Aranjuez, and Palacio Real de El Pardo , Holidays and Thursdays from 17h(April to September) ,and from 15h  (October to March).
Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales , and Real Monasterio de la Encarnacion. Holidays and Thursdays from 16h.

Comunidad Valenciana: IVAM Centro Julio Gonzàlez, Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, on Sundays .
Centro Cultural Bancaja, Salas Picasso, Damià Forment and Sorolla, free on Sundays.
Museo Valenciano de la Illustracion y la Modernidad -MuVIM, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.

Alicante, Museo Arqueologico y de Historia de Elche, MAHE, free on Sundays

Extremadura:  Museo Nacional de Arte Romano,Saturdays from 14h and Sundays

Navarra:  Museo de Navarra, Saturdays from 17h and Sundays.

Pais Vasco/Euskadi: Vizcaya, Museo Vasco-Euskal Museoa, Thursdays is free
Museo Maritimo Ria de Bilbao on Wednesdays is free
Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, free on Holidays.

Guipúzcoa: Museo de San Telmo, free on Wednesdays.

Principado de Asturias:  Museo del Ferrocarril de Asturias, free on Sundays

Also, the mayority of these sites name above usually give free admission on dates such as April 18 ( International Day of Monuments and Sites),May 18 ( International Day of Museums),October 12 (National Day of Spain), December 6th  (Constitution day  in Spain), and as well on the anniversary of the museum.

Enjoy them with moderation ::) Spain everything Under the Sun.

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April 7, 2016

Some news from Spain XVII

Well getting back to my Spain and just a primer will be there in May and August so far booked this year . Some of the latest from the land of everything under the Sun.

Some of the wonderful Roman ruins and not so ruins in Spain are here some of my favorites spots:

Going to the villa Olmeda and the La Tejada in Quintanilla de la Cueza; rather than go into my short and sassy writing here is a page in English that tells you better about it, a must to see.

You can continue the route by going to Fuente Alamo, Puente Genil, Cordoba as well as the nearby El Ruedo, Almendinilla. Again better explained here

Following on we arrive at Villa Arellano, Navarra another wonderful manifestation of mosaics and walls decorated from Roman Times!

We arrive by Carranque, Toledo visiting the Casa de Materno; and going over to nearby province of Cuenca for visiting the places of Segóbrida and Valeria; more on them below

Following our story we get to see Centcelles, Constanti ,Tarragona; and the nearby formation of Dels Munts in Altafulla;more here

Following our trails we reach Veranes, Gijon, Asturias; and not to missed the Roman spas of Campo Valdés in the center of Gijon and also visit the Parque Arqueológico Natural de la Campa Torres; again more info here ;

We move on to Villaricos, Mula, Murcia and see the Fuente Caputa looking at the Roman site of Cerro de La Almagra,in the same Banks of the river Mula. more info here in Spanish; ; and Murcia Today English language paper has a nice story on it here;

Next , we stop by Brunel , Quesada, Jaén ,just in front of the mountains of Sierra de Quesada ,more on it here

OF course, these are just some of my favorites, Spain is loaded with Roman past and Worth the detour.

Now changing the subject how about those good deal restaurants including one of my all time favorite from my district in Madrid.  Plaza Quintana, Docamar! here since 1963 claiming the best patatas bravas of Madrid

And of course , more like Casa Mingo and the Asturian connection in Madrid, here since 1888. A classic!

Casa Hortensia, with the best fabada of Madrid….

La Gloria de Montera, nice decor with great traditional food at good price/quality ratio;

right in tourist central Plaza Mayor but very good price/quality ratio is Casa Maria;

And Orio, by Fuencarral, and Plaza Mayor, very good bar of buffets style goodies , good prices;

And last but not least two wonderful events coming up in Madrid; Prado and Attraction park, two old favorites of mine.

At the Attraction park in Casa de Campo you will find the wonderful Parque de
Atracciones de Madrid. I came here when a kid and then my kids came here nice
memories always;these days it is held the Comic Fan, an event that will bring you to the
park and the world of fantasy, science fiction and images. You will learn how to use a
laser sword and do comic shops and maquillage FX or pose for a theme photocall so you
look like a real actor/heroe. You will go into the world of Warcraft and do your own trailer
of a movie with a visual experience. There will be expositions, collection pieces,
boutiques, and animated spectacles .Of course, as well as enjoying the rides In the park
from April 9,10,16,17,23 and 24. The admission for all is 19,90€ per adult.
The great exhibition of French painter George La Tour continues in the Prado. The
baroque painter will have presented 31 works from his total around 40+. George La
Tour,was born in the current región of Lorraine,France, and remains a misterieuse
personaje. Very little documentation exist of him only that was attached to his family
in a difficult period of the Thirty years War and the plague, and that he already saw
fame while living. He had clients such as the King of Spain Cardinal Richelieu and
the Dukes of Lorraine, and his painting had a high price. He disappeared and was
difficult to identified his paintings later on. His daytime scenes were confused with
that of other Spanish painters like Zurbarán,and the nightimes with the Dutch school
of painters. Showing at the Museo del Prado , Mondays to Saturdays from 10h to
20h, Sundays and Holidays from 10h To 19h; admission 14€ adults. 50% discount if
coming Mondays to Saturdays from 18h to 20h and Sundays/Holidays from 17h to
19h. The exhibition will be on until June 12 2016.


Enjoy Spain !!!

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