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February 4, 2017

Plaza Mayor of Madrid

When coming to Madrid and lucky enough to do often after leaving the city many years ago, one of the places I go immediately is the Plaza Mayor. I have written before on it and this is just an update from my many other posts in my blog.

The Plaza Mayor, the center of it all rivaling the Puerta del Sol. Mayor is older and wonderfully decorated on its façades with a great equestrian statue of king Felipe III done in 1616 but place here since 1848; the square measures 129 meters by 94 meters.It dates from the 1580 until finished by 1619.  Some other things to look up here is the  Casa de la Panaderia with the shield of arms of Carlos II,and the very famous Arco de Cuchilleros or arch of cutleries street. The tourist office has more in English here;

Many public transports takes you here from many sites in Madrid. The more popular are by metro lines 1,2,and 3 at Sol and even better by bus as above you see more are the lines  17 ,18,23,31,35, and 65.

One of the favorite of mine for year is the store La Favorita for its hats, could not leave there without fitting one for my paternal grandfather an avid hat wearer and he love it when I came back with one lol! Another favorite that came years later with what is now my wife is Las Cuevas de Luis Candelas resto in calle Cuchilleros just past the Arco de Cuchicheros arch. This is a typical Castilian restaurant a bit overrun over the years with tourists but still hanging on to the past.

The Casa de la Panaderia is the house of bread because in the 15C  bread was left on the ground floor , in the basement it had the stables for the breadmakers and on the first floor was reserved for the enjoyment of the Royal family. It is now the tourist office of the Plaza Mayor of Madrid.

La Favorita hats store has more info in the tourist office here :

And Luis Candelas has its own webpage here :

Another favorite for hats, umbrellas , caps etc is Casa Yustas another legendary store in the square; webpage here:

The Lanas El Gato Negro store with laine fabric items of great quality, my family shops there still today. more here:

There is a great Christmas market there for several years now, and the adjoining streets of Toledo, Mayor, and Atocha are full of shops and restos to last a lifetime tastings.  And of course nearby is the Mercado de San Miguel; more here :

And to eat in the square, or Plaza Mayor, you have the famous Museo del Jamon there ,super ,more here:

and the Cerveceria Plaza Mayor or brasserie restaurant wonderful, more here:

Of course , plenty more around the adjacent streets to last you a lifetime of tapear and eat and drink ; this is Madrid at Plaza Mayor. Do come in you will be glad you did. Cheers

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February 4, 2017

My travels in the Morbihan XXVII

Well an off day humid, sun in then out, cool about 8C or 49F , we just did a bit of tour in our area nothing special just routine living in the Belle France.

In this case, wonderful living in the historically beautiful Brittany and on the only Département or state or province as you call it in France that is not name French but Breton. Again for new readers of my blog, Mor=sea bihan=small or small sea or in French petite mer.

Tourism in the Morbihan here :

In our routine, the day started by going to our friendly store for building materials Castorama and get some more stuff;not to be done right away but stacking away for when better weather comes in we attack the basement. This store is at Vannes.

Then , we stop by another emblematic store of ours Norauto for car maintenance shop but this time to check on their scooters as one of my son’s is looking to buy one. Shop around but these are made in China and the talk in the forums is not good;brand RIDE ….

Then ,on the way back home we had lunch in one of our favorite home restaurant here at the town of Plescop , Les Trois Soleils, a complete menu of entrée, main dish, dessert, 33cl Pelforth beer and coffee expresso all for 16€ per person, great deal of real food. We had lasagna, brandade de morue or codfish in a potato purée, steaks and fries, mousse de chocolate, buffet all you can eat entrée with cold cuts, pate, salads, etc, the expresso coffee etc.

Here you have a sports bar with a mural posting all the local and national scores; the bar is even open Sunday evening. The resto is open Mondays to Saturdays from 7h30 to 20h; Sundays open with reservation for groups only.  No webpage it is located in the city of Plescop on the boundaries of Vannes on the road D779E in the center Zone Artisanale Trehuinec ,Plescop 56890

We came on the D779 so stop by Grand Champ to get some last minute groceries and gas/petrol. The reliable Carrefour Market that is even open on Sunday mornings is a good choice.

And of course, we made it on time to see the beginning of the VI Nations rugby championship pitting the best of the North Hemisphere. Scotland just surprisingly beat Ireland, the favorite to win it all , 27×22. Now I am leisurely awaiting the great match from Twickenham of England vs France!! just beginning now with the national anthem, and La Marseillaise is playing excuse me…. Ok!

Enjoy the VI Nations a new sport for me that caught up fire when taken by collegues at work in Paris to the Au Metro bar to see a France vs Ireland in the VI Nations of 2008. Stay tune. And if want to read more on this sport, tournament see it here :

Cheers and enjoy your weekend!!!

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