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September 17, 2019

Parque de El Capricho, Madrid!

So this one has a story. I came here when a young teen, then disappear never a chance for pictures. Years went by, my family mentioned it, and friends visited as well. I kept away, until this year as took my young men sons to see the heritage of our Spain and Madrid is it. So therefore, we took the long trek to it on a line 5 metro which was my line when lived there! However, at that time the metro line 5 only reach to Ciudad Lineal than was an electric tramway! (I know because my aunt lived in Canillejas and we needed to take it with my dear late mother Gladys) now the line goes all the way to Alameda de Osuna next to Barajas airport (Adolfo Suàrez International Airport of Madrid)! Ok well a bit more of it now finally!!!

The Parque de El Capricho (a whim)is a park and green area located in the Alameda de Osuna neighborhood, in the Barajas district and near the airport of Madrid. It was ordered to be built by the Duchess of Osuna between 1787 and 1839. It has an area of 14 hectares. It is credited with English, French and Italian references, from the time it was built, which are a reflection of the artistic influences of the park’s designers. It is the only garden of Romanticism in Madrid. Examples of this are the maze of bushes, buildings, such as the palace, the small hermitage, or the beautiful ballroom, as well as the creeks that run through it and ponds, where you can find swans and ducks.


A bit of history I like

María Josefa Pimentel, Duchess of Osuna, married to the ninth Duke of Osuna, Pedro Téllez-Girón, was one of the most important ladies of the nobility of the time, and patron of artists. In 1783 she bought land on the outskirts of Madrid to build a recreational farm. A year later, an initial project for the garden was exposed. It began to be built in 1787, ending 52 years later, in 1839. The duchess died without seeing the enclosure completely completed, in 1834. She commissioned the design of the gardens from the architect Jean-Baptiste Mulot, from the French court. The duchess ordered the construction of ponds, which connected the main canal that runs through the park with the ballroom, which is where the parties she gave were held. In the 14 hectares that extend next to the former palace house of the Dukes of Osuna with neoclassical architectural style you will find two clearly defined areas, with a French-style garden and another English-style garden.


During the Spanish Civil War, several underground anti-aircraft shelters were built in the Garden, in which the General Staff of the Army of the Center, commanded by General Miaja, the Jaca position. Remains of the shelter ventilation emerge around the palace.

After decades of relative abandonment, in 1974 it was bought by the Madrid City Council. Its beautiful configuration is a sample that once was the scene of the filming of the movie The Doctor Zhivago, and currently since 2005 in summer concerts and dance shows are scheduled in the El Capricho park in what is called the Tardes de Capricho or afternoons of Capricho. Since May 2016 you can visit the bunker of the Jaca position, code name of the Headquarters of the Republican Army of the Center.


With a good map from the city of Madrid you can trace the park or even google! I admit should had taken more pictures but after a long walk we didn’t say long just a primer this time. The points to see there are:

1.Palace 2. Small Temple 3. Swan Pond 4. Saturn Wheel (Obelisk) 5. Beehives 6. Tench Pond 7. Ruin or Gunner’s Home 8. Battery or Cage 9. Playground 10. River 11. Lake 12. Iron bridge 13. Island and monument to the third Duke of Osuna 14. House of reeds 15. Pavilion of mats 16. Kiosk and pier 17. Rollercoaster 18. Dance kiosk 19. Flower garden 20. House of the Old 21. Bullring 22. Parterre 23. Duelist Column 24. Hibernarium 25. Bridge over the ravine 26. Exedra and Emperor’s Square 27. Pond of the Parterre 28. Dolphin Fountain 29. Frog Spring Garden 30 Frog Source Garden Grotto 31. Labyrinth Cave 32. Labyrinth 33. Cows House 34. New Pond 35. Plane Tree Place 36. Hermitage 37. Duck Pond 38. Refuge (Bunker) 39. Powder Magazine 40. Fountain Square 41. Officers’ House 42. Public Washrooms 43. Bunker ventilation Fans.

El Capricho Park is located in Alameda de Osuna, next to Juan Carlos I Park. El Capricho Park, you should know that it is only open on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, with schedules from 9h to 21h, from April to September, and from 9h to 18h30 , from October to March. Admission is free although there is a limit to the number of people who can access during a day to avoid crowds. You get there easily on the Metro line 5 direction Alameda de Osuna stop Capricho. Go out and walk about 700 meters to the park on a dirt trail.

The city of Madrid tourist office take on it: Tourist office of Madrid on El parque de El Capricho

And there you go another dandy park, nice historical, with wonderful things to see but need plenty of time which we did not have much as it is recommended 2,5 hours to see it all! Just plan ahead for the Parque de El Capricho of Madrid!

And remember, happy travels , good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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September 17, 2019

Teatro Muñoz Seca, Madrid of course!

Now this was a find, to tell you the truth, never been in it, and passing by several times was not really interested in seeing it…. However, as this time we did a lot of walking to show my young men sons, the heritage of Madrid and Spain we did stop by in several places that show a bit more of the fabric of the city of Madrid!

This is the case of the Teatro Muñoz Seca theater. Hope you enjoy and perhaps one day do a program here , it is a nice quant area of Madrid not far from the Puerta del Sol.

The Teatro Muñoz Seca theater or Pedro Muñoz Seca theater is an old theater hall, located in Plaza del Carmen, 1 that in 1930 took the name of that Spanish playwright. In the same lot there was a popular Chantecler Hall, which between 1922 and 1930 was called El Dorado Hall.


The Chantecler Hall , was acquired in 1919 by Consuelo Portela aka “La Chelito”, at that time maximum diva of erotic. On December 15, 1922, a new neighborhood building with a theater on the ground floor chamfer was opened on the same site, with the name of El Dorado (namesake of the Eldorado summer theater that was next to the Paseo del Prado and was caught fire in 1903). Finally, in 1930 ,it took the name of playwright Pedro Muñoz Seca.

You can reach as said walking from Puerta del Sol along Calle del Carmen, and the transports that can take you here from all over Madrid are  Metro: Sol lines 1, 2, 3), Gran Vía line 1, 5), Sevilla line 2. Bus lines: 1, 2, 3, 46, 50, 51, 74, 146, and M2. Renfe Cercanias commuter train: Sol C3, and C4.

Official Teatro Munoz Seca

Tourist office of Madrid on the Teatro

And there you go something always popping up in my beloved Madrid; nice area quant shops and especially restos/bars and culture on the square of Carmen, the Theater Muñoz Seca!

Remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!


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September 17, 2019

Fuente de Apolo, Madrid of course!

So much to see and do, and so many monuments time is not enough for my beloved Madrid. One thing I did a lot is to walk all over the city sometimes to the limits but it allows me to show my sons my beloved city in all its glory.

We passed by monuments hardly noticeable by visitors but with a great history and architecture on them. These will be a few coming up in my blog. For now this is the Fuente de Apolo or Apollo’s fountain right on Paseo del Prado!

The Fuente de Apolo (Apollo fountain), also called the Cuatro Estaciones (Four Seasons), is a monumental fountain located on the Paseo del Prado. It occupies the center of what was called the Prado Hall, within the urban reform sponsored by King Carlos III in the 18C. It is part of the sculptural ensemble by Ventura Rodríguez for the Paseo , along with that of Cibeles and Neptune. The three fountains are considered masterpieces of Spanish Neoclassicism.


The Apollo Fountain began to be built in 1780 during the reign of Carlos III. The erection of the statue of Apollo was in 1802. The set was inaugurated a year later, 1803, to celebrate the link of the crown prince Don Fernando (future Fernando VII), son of Carlos IV.

The Apollo fountain is composed of a central body with a staircase, with two masks that throw water on three overlapping shells of different dimensions. The pedestal sculptures represent the four seasons by allegorical figures, hence the alternative name of the fountain. The monument marks an effigy of the god Apollo, divinity of light and the arts, with the features of King Carlos III.

Tourist office of Madrid on the Apollo Fountain

Hope you enjoy the walks of my Madrid, there are several in my blog. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!


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