Madrid and my Calle Alcalà!!!

It must be the rainy cloudy foggy cold day we are having but I feel nostalgically mindless and thought of times in the past where I was enjoying one of the best countries in the world to live=Spain and the best capital city=Madrid.

I had written back on April 13, 2012 here so posting for memory and fuller picture here : https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2012/04/13/my-madrid-alcala-how-can-i-forget-you/

My first entry and my first apartment or piso in Madrid was at Calle Alcalà 331, Buzon 67, right as you came up the metro station of Quintana in the line 5 of metro de Madrid.  This one : https://www.metromadrid.es/es/viaja_en_metro/red_de_metro/lineas_y_horarios/linea05.html

And to go to Elipa took the bus P13 that after the EMT transport in Madrid was created it became the line 113.  This one : http://www.crtm.es/tu-transporte-publico/autobuses-emt/lineas/6__113___.aspx?origen=2

And others but the above were the constant ones. Lots of walking especially going to the back park of Parque El Calero; this one: http://www.madrid.es/portales/munimadrid/es/Inicio/Medio-ambiente/Direcciones-y-telefonos/Parque-El-Calero?vgnextfmt=default&vgnextoid=ba9545b9b59be210VgnVCM2000000c205a0aRCRD&vgnextchannel=864f79ed268fe410VgnVCM1000000b205a0aRCRD

This is a great blog like to give credit as essentially they talked about the old movie houses in Madrid now gone; mine was the cine Aragon (as Alcalà used to be called!) it was almost next to me lol The good of the blog story is that it shows how it looks in 2005 on the last year open and what the spot looks today wow!! Here is the blog : http://cinesdemadrid.blogspot.fr/2009/08/los-cines-de-la-carretera-de-aragon.html

I still emotionally remember how my dear late mother took me to Calzados Victor C/Alcalà 278 to buy me my first shoes in Spain! and the immense joy to have my 3 boys going there and buy them shoes as well , really a great feeling would love to repeat this summer.  No webpage just a site with a write up on it  in Spanish, 90 years in the spot and about 52 now doing shoes!!! A real merchant to support even more.  http://www.diarioabierto.es/204762/calzados-victor-zapatos-y-muchas-sonrisas

And well will need a book so many places there to remember and enjoy , even the wonderful Docamar in the sublime Plaza Quintana, the best patatas bravas in Madrid since 1963!  Webpage here: https://www.docamar.com/

Enough, what about Alcalà, the street that is.  Today the street is 10 200 meters long . It starts at the Puerta del Sol  and ends at the Avenida de América on the access road to the O’Donnell station. In the old days the street was named in different sections. The one between Sol and Cibeles was called Calle de los Olivares, between Cibeles and Puerta de Alcalà was named Posito (grain well of the mayor’s office had there) , and from Puerta de Alcalà to Ventas was called Carretera de Aragon and after Ventas was called Avenida de Aragon until 1992 where all became Calle de Alcalà. I left the city when the first beltway of Madrid was just about finish that is Avenida de la Paz or M-30 ! Today simply call Calle 30.

Some trivials anecdotes, you know that in  1754 there was a bull fighting arena near here!spot hard to tell now ,  and it was on until 1874 after another was built on the same  carretera de Aragón (another name for avenida de Aragon) that works until 1934. When the Ventas Monumental was done in its first season in 1935 on the one we know today as Ventas Monumental!  An interesting house is at No 34 Alcalà built in 1779 and call the Casa de los Heros in honor of its builder ; the house became in succession the Real Fabrica de Cristales de la Granja, resident of the Infant de Borbon and painter José Madrazo,  later in 1914 it was host of the Council President or Palacio de la Presidencia, and currently is the home of the Ministerio de Educacion y Ciencia or ministry of education and sciences.

Not to forget the Plaza de la independencia or independence square where the Puerta de Alcalà is located. The old Communication palace now call Palacio de Cibeles, and its Cibeles fountain (symbol of Real Madrid FC triumphs celebrations)  and the Circulo de Bellas Artes or fine arts circle with wonderful views of Madrid on its top floor café.

You continue to see wonderful architecture and beautiful buildings such as the Ministerio de Hacienda or ministry of the Treasury, built in 1796.  And what about the gorgeous Real Academia de Bellas Artes San Fernando! Now running an exhibition on Carlos III here: http://www.realacademiabellasartessanfernando.com/es/actividades/exposiciones/una-corte-para-el-reycarlos-iii-y-los-sitios-reales

And of course the Casino de  Madrid : Calle Alcalà ,15 just gorgeous official site here: http://www.casinodemadrid.es/casinoa/index.html

Across from the Casino you have the building call Banesto and here was installed the first American bank in Spain; it has deco of elephants big ears in the front façade.

And from 1623 the convent and Church or Iglesia de las Calatravas , even after destroyed the Queen Isabel II had it rebuilt in 1872. Very near the Puerta del Sol on Alcalà, of course. More on the Iglesia de San José  and the Apolo theater.  Continue on the Ministerio del Ejercito or army ministry with a nice garden on what it was the Palacio de Buenavista built in 1769 for the Duques de Alba, that never occupied.

And of course, why not see Calle Alcalà every day and night; well thanks to the webcam we can you can and I do here: https://www.skylinewebcams.com/en/webcam/espana/comunidad-de-madrid/madrid/calle-alcala.html

Beautiful Calle Alcalà and what about movies on it? well there are some too.

A 1986 rendition of Ana Belen, and Victor Manuel here:

 

And my favorite movie Las Leandras with the song Los Nardos With the late Rocio Durcal

This is Alcalà, the street that is. My street my spot on another part of the world. Calle Alcalà, 331

Cheers

Madrid Madrid Madrid Madrid Madrid Madrid Madrid Madrid Madrid Madrid Madrid Madrid

 

 

 

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2 Comments to “Madrid and my Calle Alcalà!!!”

  1. One feels very special crossing La Puerta de Alcalá, maybe because it is so famous and everyone knows that Zarzuela song: oh sweet memories! 👍

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