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September 3, 2017

Province of Cuenca, Tragacete, Cañete, Tarancon, Cuenca !!!

So on my last few days of vacation we went looking for the exotic nature we had around us in the Serrania de Cuenca from our base at Las Majadas; this in the province of Cuenca, region of Castilla La Mancha!

We cruise,walk and climb by several sites to get in the flavor, the air, the beauty of this in country place. The best travel is often off the beaten path and this we know well.

Some of the routes you can take here:  http://turismo.cuenca.es/portal/lang__es/tabid__9371/default.aspx

And more to look up here: http://www.descubrecuenca.com/es/rutas

We set out from Las Majadas up into the mountains by the site of Los Callejones. on the CUV 9113 road and panels lead you there; passing by it, this is a place of nature walkers with plenty of mountain terrain and rock formations from another era ! high mountain and wild animals such as deers abound and were seen.

We realizes running short on gas/petrol so we headed for Tragacete, another small mountain town with a Repsol gas station !! yupeee! and the old Church of San Miguel, a bit more on Tragacete here: http://www.turismocastillalamancha.es/patrimonio/tragacete-70831/

and continue down to Cañete a really old town on the CM 2106 road with lots of canyon, ramparts and old castle ruins way up town. The best here is the El Postigo canyon with old world laundries by the river , a water fall and escalation to the castle ruins but we did not went all the way, this is for the real outdoorsman aficionado ::)  more on it here: http://www.turismoruralmayorazgo.com/situacion/canete

There is , also, a nice church of Santiago and Ermita de la Zarza very old buildings in Cañete. More on Cañete here: http://www.turismocastillalamancha.es/patrimonio/canete-64231/descripcion/

We came down on the N420 to take the A40 expressway to see a far away town of Tarancon on the intersection with the A3 that goes into Madrid. At Tarancon , you see the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion , (12C), but really nice was the Santuario de Riansares. Bombed in the Spanish Civil War and rebuilt in the 1950’s ; it had been in the family of the Duque of Riansares as well as built a castle next to it. The Duke and his family are buried inside. More on Tarancon here: http://www.turismocastillalamancha.es/patrimonio/tarancon-85531/descripcion/

A bit more on the Virgen of Riansares here: http://www.rurismo.com/pueblo/cuenca/tarancon–3802/santuario-de-la-virgen-de-riansares–928/

We came back to Cuenca and saw the preparations and ending of the 7th stage of the Vuelta de España or tour of Spain bicycle race! The whole town was mobilize, really an spectacle to see.  More on it here: http://www.cyclingnews.com/vuelta-a-espana/stage-7/results/

On the way back to Las Majadas we were to see a herd of brave bulls leisurely eaten on the prairies, dare not go in lol!!! We saw a stray young deer on the A40 and needed to zigzag around it !!!

Another great day in back country Cuenca, and Castilla La Mancha. Really a great vacation time and so hard to thing we must come back to work yikes!!!

Here are some photos for the memories and history tracking of our passing by them. Enjoy it and have fun in your Sunday , mine is coming to an end and tomorrow is back to work yikes!!! Cheers!!!

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September 3, 2017

Faro de Moncloa, and Puerta de Moncloa, Madrid!

I had to take the pictures from this lighthouse of Moncloa apart. It was and is an emblematic symbol of Madrid for many years and enjoying it since 1992 when it originally opened. It was closed abandoned really for many years and reopen in 2015.  This is about the Faro de Moncloa.

Also, just before the Faro there is the Puerta de Moncloa or Arco de la Victoria an arch gate entering the city of Madrid from the northwest.

The nearby museum of America was given news in the previous post on Madrid. The official site for the tourist office of Madrid on the Faro is here: https://www.esmadrid.com/en/tourist-information/faro-de-moncloa

For the Puerta de Moncloa or Arco de la Victoria the same info is here: https://www.esmadrid.com/en/tourist-information/arco-victoria

There is a heavy presence of transportation here from metro lines 3 and 6, and buses  such as 44 46 82 84 132 133 160, 162, A, C1, G , U etc , as well as biciMadrid bike rentals as it is ,also, near the complutense university of Madrid. More on this here: https://www.esmadrid.com/en/tourist-information/campus-de-la-universidad-complutense

The Faro de Moncloa is 110 meters high but the elevator/lift takes you to 92 meters for views of the city, such as emblematics buildings like the Palacio Real, Almudena Cathedral, the Gran Via telephone building, casa del Pardo, Casa de Campo, Parque del Oeste ,the four towers and afar the Sierra de Guadarrama. The observation deck has 400 square meters of space. The junction where it stands is heavily traffic but there are crossing to get there with patient overland passarelles; it is at the intersection of Avenida de los Reyes Católicos, Highway A-6 and Avenida de la Victoria. The admission is 3€ and better get there early or late night  (better) as the elevators are not that big.

It has been closed last year due to fire in the engine room and reopen in July 2017; just in time for us to get up! A good adventure to do with the family indeed is back in Madrid.

The Arco de la Victoria was built between 1950-56 and it is popularly call the Puerta de Moncloa for its counterparts in Alcalà ,Hierro, etc in Madrid. It is a triumphal arch in memory of the victory of the nationalists over the republicans in the Spanish Civil War around the university grounds that took place between  Nov 1937 to March 1939 with the peculiarity that it was built right in the middle of what It was the battlefield. Nearby it was the infamous Model prison  or Càrcel Modelo that was dynamited and built in its place the grand beautiful building of the Spanish Air Force (see photo previous post).

We did not go in but you can. The Arch is on a rectangular base of 130 meters with 42 meters high supported by two corps of columns in rectangular form as well.  The height can be increase by 7 meters as there are on top the horses of the carriage of Minerva . On the foot of each corps of column there is a lobby that you can go in up with a marble stair. On the top there is a room with expositions and lookout that never has been used; you can climb here with an elevator/lift that is on both corps of columns as well.

There are inscriptions there and the years in Latin style showing the start and end of the battle that took place here. A very moving place in Spanish history. There are some that are pushing to destroy it as it a vestige of the sad past. However, history cannot be erase but taught in better ways to avoid the mistakes of the past; my opinion.

For now at Moncloa you have several monuments to see that are historical and emblematic of Spain, the Faro and Puerta de Moncloa (perhaps it sounds better than the Arco de la Victoria). There is the Air Force or Ejército del Aire building and the Templete de los Caidos or temple of the fallen across the Arco of Victory..

Enjoy Madrid, it has a lot more than tapas and verbenas ::) A country within a city, Madrid. Cheers!

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September 3, 2017

What else can I tell you on Madrid!

Indeed, this if you have been reading my posts , is the city I lived (1970’s) and enjoyed the times the most as it was early teens years fun and youthful wandering around the city ,and experiencing the first rays of love. The city that , so lucky, have been able to come back many times ,sometimes 3 times per year and every year since…2003. The city that only upon entering the youthfulness come back to me like a ray of force, the force is with me ::)

I came upon  Madrid several occasions on my last vacation trip to Spain last month of August; it was hot as much as 41C or 106F! ,but so what, it did not feel anything ,really. We just had bottle water with us and we cruise walking all over, some spots new to my family and all memorable places to me. I like to share many of these with you on this post. What else can I tell you on Madrid………………!

We came by our car into the heart of the city this time and parked at the parking Descalzas Reales next to the grand Monastery of the Descalzas Reales; a must to see while your first time in Madrid. https://www.esmadrid.com/en/tourist-information/monasterio-de-las-descalzas-reales

near see the wonderful architecture of the Casa de las Alhajas in Plaza San Martin, if you want a great family event in a historical place ,get on calle Maestro Victoria and do some shopping in El Corte Inglés dept store !! more on Alhajas here: http://www.lasalhajas.es/

Right around here at Calle Maestro Victoria see the quaint architecturally beautiful building of the Casa del Libro or bookstore of Madrid, the one to go with branches in the city and elsewhere in Spain. More here: https://www.casadellibro.com/nosotros/nuestras-tiendas-madrid/9

Do not forget or fear walking in Madrid is full of surprises, great architecture and the best movida lively street scene in Europe! See Calle Princesa, there is another El Corte Inglés dept store here; come back to Calle Arenal (Pasadizo de San Ginés) to eat your churros at Chocolateria San Ginés as my family has done for generations there.  Another memorable place keep coming back to see even if not enough time to go back in is the wild discotheque or teatro Joy Eslava on Calle Arenal. To think that this was a simple community theater where plays were done and dances held for teens and now has become of the leading dance places in Madrid and Spain very chic is unbelievable.  More here: http://joy-eslava.com/

See the wonderful building of the Air Force building (Ejercito del Aire) by Moncloa up Calle Princesa and marvel at it’s architecture and the little airplane in front! More here: https://www.esmadrid.com/en/tourist-information/cuartel-general-ejercito-aire

Why not walk on the marvelous beautiful Gran Via a  marvel of construction since the 1930’s. And a stop at Plaza de España simply for its great monument to Miguel Cervantes Saavedra the author of Don Quijote is a must. Walk from there to Cuesta de Santo Domingo , Plaza de Santo Domingo, and the see as in Plaza de España the great metro/subway/tube entrances!

You should check out past the Faro de Moncloa (post coming up) the wonderful Museo de América, a museum on all Spain relates to Latin America and our cultures, a must for any but especially for those of Hispanic descend. More here: https://www.esmadrid.com/en/tourist-information/museo-de-america

See the wonderful architecture of a little square Plaza de Santa Cruz, great buildings and good ambiance around it, and continue to the eternal Plaza Mayor! Nothing can be said enough of this major square of Madrid! Here at plaza mayor see some of the businesses of generations of Madrileños and my family favorites, I came here as a teen and later many times even to buy hats for my grandfather!  Such eternals as Casa Yustas, La Favorita, El Gran Bazar, and the restaurant first took my girlfriend now wife in Madrid, Las Cuevas de Luis Candela past the Arco de Cuchilleros! More on the restaurant here: http://www.lascuevasdeluiscandelas.com/index_en.html

Move on to another very popular and the center of Spain, at Puerta del Sol; unique place and a must; here you have the Casa de Diego another generational store. And the Magroño honey eating bear the symbol of Madrid. Nearby is the Real Madrid store we like to go at Calle de el Carmen. more here: http://www.realmadrid.com/en/santiago-bernabeu-stadium/stores/el-carmen-store?pid=1390165211192

For the nights and arts , the Teatro Real (Royal Theater) , celebrating 200 years in 2017, and the Real Cinema (Royal Cinema) now inactive, at plaza Isabel II , both good to see and the theater is a must;and many memories for me especially in the Real Cinema, even if now only sporadic plays are shown and no movies. More info on theater here : https://www.esmadrid.com/en/tourist-information/teatro-real  and cinema here: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/22521

Cannot be in Madrid without stopping by the Santiago Bernabeu stadium of the team: Real Madrid FC, simply the best ever. and the la Esquina del Bernabeu with its shops and restaurants. And of course, a drink at least at the Real Café Bernabeu is a must. The separate site for the café is here: http://www.realcafebernabeu.es/restaurante/restaurante.html   Not to mention the store at the stadium. The stadium here: http://www.realmadrid.com/en/santiago-bernabeu-stadium

Ah yes of course, we ate something other than drinking water lol!!! We have some delicious refreshing Horchata at a kiosk in the Plaza Mayor. This is a drink originally from the Valencia area consisting of water, sugar,and chufas ( a plant  tigernuts) and generally mix in with cinnamon or lemon and of course plenty of ice. And for a more formal light lunch in the heat we went to 100 Montaditos resto on Calle Princesa,7  , small sandwiches with omelette chorizos hams etc potato chips and plenty of cold beers!!! http://spain.100montaditos.com/encuentranos/

In all, another wonderful memorable trip to my Madrid, never tired of seeing you, and remember that we lovers of the city know very well that From Madrid to Heaven, and a hole in the sky to look down on it every day!!! Enjoy the Capital city, and your Sunday wherever you are. Cheers!

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