Archive for September, 2019

September 27, 2019

Shopping: Moda Shopping Mall, Madrid!

So, therefore, after posting about the monuments and sights of my beloved Madrid will go into the places of shopping and restaurant with a series Restaurant: XXX Madrid or Shopping: XXX Madrid. Hope you enjoy them and do try them when visiting Madrid the food and shopping is an experience to behold in lovely Madrid. For lack of creativity ,I will copy this first paragraph into the subsequents posts! ::)

Well this one is a habit one even if not much purchase here or nothing do not remember. It is just so chic and so close to Santiago Bernabeu Stadium! So need to go and show the boys around lol!

The Moda Shopping Mall is located in the heart of AZCA, right between the emblematic buildings of Torre Picasso and Torre Europa very close to the Palacio de Congresos and the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.  Since the mall opened its doors, more than twenty five years ago, it has become a benchmark for anyone who wishes to make their purchases in Madrid, both for its location and its selection of fashion stores, as for its catering offer.

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It is exactly on Calle General Perón, 40, semi-corner on Paseo de la Castellana 95, (where I always go in) in front of the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. It has a convenient parking to facilitate the visit to the center that offers free stays depending on the days of the week.   It can be reached on foot on entrances at Paseo de la Castellana Castellana, 95, Calle deOrense, 22-24 , Plaza Carlos Trías or Calle General  Perón, 38-40. There are bus lines 5 – 14 – 27 – 40 – 120 – 147 – 150 stopping by here as well as Metro: Line 10 – Santiago Bernabéu -exit Azca.

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Moda means fashion, and that’s basically the kind of shopping this mall specialises in The 50 or so stores are not all for human fashion. Home decor features as well, and all the latest home fashion items are available. There is an antique gallery to add taste to your home decor, and contemporary Spanish art for that final perfect touch. Buying fine fashion clothing is only half the effort; you have to look good wearing it, and the mall has a beauty salon just for that purpose. There are also several restaurants and cafés to relax in while you wonder how you managed to spend so much. I have come several times but to be honest never shop that I can recall,  just go for a relax AC period and eat out at Casa Carmen menus for 21,95 includes 2 dishes , dessert and drink! The resto has a direct webpage here: Casa Carmen at Moda Shopping Mall

Official Moda Shopping Mall

Tourist office of Madrid on Moda Shopping Mall

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There you go shopping chic in my beloved Madrid! or come into the wonderful Casa Carmen or just eat out in the food courtyard with nice nature deco and calm environment. Enjoy it

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

 

 

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September 26, 2019

Restaurant: TGI Fridays, Madrid!

So, therefore, after posting about the monuments and sights of my beloved Madrid will go into the places of shopping and restaurant with a series Restaurant: XXX Madrid or Shopping: XXX Madrid. Hope you enjoy them and do try them when visiting Madrid the food and shopping is an experience to behold in lovely Madrid. For lack of creativity ,I will copy this first paragraph into the subsequents posts! ::)

Now this goes way back in my Florida USA days, and when came to visit my Madrid did not see any of them talking back to the 1970’s. Over the years gotten use to them in America and was a great place to hang out. Eventually, caught up with them when visiting my other love Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in 2004 and see it right next door! I stop by once in a while and this time with the boys made a stop in another location.

My latest coming into this chain was with my sons at Calle Vírgen de los Peligros , 1 corner with Calle de Alcalá 21 . Near metro Sevilla and close by to Puerta del Sol

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TGIFriday’s began as an American chain of restaurants founded in 1965 and currently has more than 900 establishments in 60 countries. The first establishment was opened on March 15, 1965 by Alan Stillman, an entrepreneur from the East Side of Manhattan ,New York who had designed a hospitality business where single people in the area, and especially women, could socialize in an informal environment. He bought and reformed a First Avenue pub, and changed its name to «TGI Fridays » or Thanks God is Fridays!

In 1975, when the brand already had 12 stores in nine states, the Carlson Companies group took over T.G.I. Friday’s. In 2014, Carlson Companies sold the multinational to the investment fund Sentinel Capital and now TGIFridays is part of Grupo VIPS.

T.G.I. Friday’s is characterized by its restaurant, especially oriented to American cuisine, as well as its bar with a selection of cocktails and alcoholic beverages. The group does not specialize in a specific product, with a menu that includes starters, hamburgers, ribs, chicken wings, red meat and tex-mex dishes. The company is especially known for its cocktails, whose offer varies by country

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It was in 1992 when TGI Friday’s landed in Spain specifically in Madrid with the inauguration of the first restaurant in the La Esquina del Bernabéu shopping center, right next to Santiago Bernabeu stadium of my Real Madrid. It was here that I tried it first in Madrid. The area is now under renovation and believe the resto will be moved. Today it has 15 restaurants in Spain.

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Official TGI Fridays at Calle Virgen de los Peligros

Tourist office of Madrid on TGI Fridays

There you go a bit of Americana in Madrid! And yes we need to stop by once in a while too, sorry lol! Enjoy Madrid, a world city and TGIFridays as well !!!

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

 

September 26, 2019

Restaurant: Ham Museum! in Madrid!

So, therefore, after posting about the monuments and sights of my beloved Madrid will go into the places of shopping and restaurant with a series Restaurant: XXX Madrid or Shopping: XXX Madrid. Hope you enjoy them and do try them when visiting Madrid the food and shopping is an experience to behold in lovely Madrid. For lack of creativity ,I will copy this first paragraph into the subsequents posts! ::)

No no, you won’t come here to see beautiful displays of hams, but you will come to taste them , a lot!! This is a restaurant call the Ham Museum or Museo del Jamon. It goes from the fact the hams are hanging along the walls for display sort of…

If you are passing by Madrid you certainly cannot miss a visit to its most famous and the tastiest of all museums in Madrid; the Museo del Jamon or the Ham Museum, which is actually a typical Spanish tapa bar full with Spanish hams and therefore called the museo del jamón. A Madrid institution since 1978 that has since continue with a great success due to its great selection, quality and prices. Today the third generation of the business continue the proud example of its grandparents founders;. From Madrid to heaven passing by the Museo del Jamón.

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The best thing to do while visiting the Museo del Jamon is to stand at the bar and order your food and drinks directly from the waiters. The bar can get packed at times so you might have to squeeze in to place your order and make sure you will get noticed as normally the general rule is who first shouts the loudest gets drinks first too. It is still a great bargain though because most of the dishes are fairly cheaply priced and with each drink that you order you will always get a free tapa as well.

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I always make a stop in one of them while in Madrid and this time with the boys was a lot of fun introducing to the bar counter on foot ordering lol! They love it!!! And will be back. There are 5 different Museos del Jamon in Madrid, the three most centrically situated are on the Gran via no. 72, Carrera de San Jerónimo 6 (the one we visit this time) and Plaza Mayor no.18. All worth your trip there , enjoy it and this is Madrid!!!

Official Museo del Jamon at Carrera San Jeronimo

There you go a dandy and very easy to get into it for the first timer or so to Madrid eating/drinking out its a ritual and a must:love it!!! Enjoy the Museo del Jamon in my beloved Madrid!

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

 

September 26, 2019

Shopping:Restaurant: VIPS and MediaMarkt in Madrid of course!

So, therefore, after posting about the monuments and sights of my beloved Madrid will go into the places of shopping and restaurant with a series Restaurant: XXX Madrid or Shopping: XXX Madrid. Hope you enjoy them and do try them when visiting Madrid the food and shopping is an experience to behold in lovely Madrid. For lack of creativity ,I will copy this first paragraph into the subsequents posts! ::)

Once again I am combining Restaurant and Shopping in one post but for a good reason. I know these brands from even my living in Madrid. VIPS is very well represented in Mexico (where I have visited them too!) ,and for good reason as you will see soon. These stores had a electronic/ high tech look and a cafeteria next to it. The concept was carried into Spain but recently they have been remodeled into just restaurants. MediaMarkt opened in France where they did not do good but in Spain they are growing and the one we visited was open just a couple years ago. They are into electronics/high tech only.

Grupo Vips is a Spanish multi-brand and multi-format group in the restaurant and commerce sector. Integrate restaurants and cafes. The company manages a total of seven chains on property or under franchise: VIPS (cafeteria-restaurant and store), VIPSmart, Ginos, The Wok, T.G.I. Fridays, Starbucks Coffee and Wagamama in Spain, Portugal and Andorra. In addition, the group has a sandwich, salad and other vending machine selling products, British Sandwich Factory (BSF).

In 1965 the Mexican entrepreneur Plácido Arango returns to his father’s land (Spain) to establish the new supermarket model that, together with his brothers, he had created in Mexico in 1958, the Aurrerá Supermarkets.In the growth of the supermarket chain, in 1969 he extended to Spain the new concept of restaurant and shop under one roof called Vips (and this is where I got to visit them in Madrid) and that was triumphing in that country. In 1975, the entrepreneur sold the 23 Spanish Aurrerá supermarkets to Galerias Preciados but did not include the sale of Vips restaurants to the department store chain, being the origin of the current business group still controlled by its founder. In October 2018, the Vips Group is acquired by the Zena Alsea group.

Alsea is a Mexican company dedicated to the representation and operation of global brand restaurants in Mexico and Latin America. It manages some restaurants such as Domino’s Pizza, Starbucks Coffee, Burger King, PF Chang’s, California Pizza Kitchen, Vips Restaurants, Italianni’s, The Cheese Cake Factory and Chili’s in Mexico, Vaca Argentina, Archie’s in countries like Chile, Argentina, Colombia and Spain. In 2013, it signed a contract to bring the PF Changs brand to Brazil and the exclusivity was signed to bring the well-known casual dining brand The Cheesecake Factory exclusively to Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Colombia and Peru.

They are family places with a nice menu and good prices where there is a blend of international foods. We tried the VIPS this time at the Calle de Alcalà 200 almost across from the Monumental Las Ventas bullring!

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Official VIPS Spain Resto locator

MediaMarkt is a chain of large stores, dedicated to the sale of household appliances, computers and consumer electronics, belonging to MediaMarktSaturn Retail Group, a subsidiary of the German group Ceconomy. The first establishment opened on November 29, 1979 in Munich. Currently, it is the largest European consumer electronics retailer. The first Media Markt store in Spain was opened in 1999, in San Sebastián de los Reyes ; in the Centro Comercial Megapark shopping center. MediaMarkt has 87 physical stores in Spain today.

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MediaMarkt opened on May 11, 2017 a new store in the central Plaza del Carmen. This is the store we visited just for nostalgia’s sake. We had visited them in France and with its sister stores Saturn also of German origins. Now gone from France and Spain. However, this store is in a very busy commercial area even if when we were there it was almost empty. There is a lot of competition in this field all over. The best about is near Puerta del Sol and plenty to see and do so give it a shot and compare your prices.

Official MediaMarkt in Spain on the Plaza del Carmen store

And for a one two punch of shopping and quick inexpensive cafeteria this is it even if not close by you can plan your day of shopping at MediaMarkt and eating at VIPS closer resto. Hope you enjoy this combination. And enjoy my beloved Madrid!

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

 

 

 

 

September 25, 2019

Shopping:Restaurant: Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid!

So, therefore, after posting about the monuments and sights of my beloved Madrid will go into the places of shopping and restaurant with a series Restaurant: XXX Madrid or Shopping: XXX Madrid. Hope you enjoy them and do try them when visiting Madrid the food and shopping is an experience to behold in lovely Madrid. For lack of creativity ,I will copy this first paragraph into the subsequents posts! ::)

Well this is one post that needs to be told as doing both shopping and restaurant. The reason been, at the Mercado de San Miguel you can do some tapas, full eat or take home your purchases! All in one lovely spot even if rather touristic with prices to match the environment.

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When it opens we came here and my local family (cousins etc) do come for take home once in a while but we are less and less by it. Nevertheless, it is a must to visit if you are in your first or second visit to the city of Madrid as it is one of its most emblematic show of local cuisine and ambiance.

I have written before in my blog so will be very brief and post the new pictures in 2019. My post on the Mercado San Miguel is here: My previous post on the Mercado de San Miguel

From the San Miguel market page you can read:  More than 100 years have gone by since the Mercado de San Miguel opened its doors as a wholesale food market. Today, this historical building stands out as one of the world’s main gastronomic markets. It allows visitors to experience the essence and most significant flavors of every corner of Spain.

From the finest Iberian ham and freshest fish and shellfish brought in daily from Galicia, to Mediterranean rice dishes and the most exquisite cheeses from Castile, Asturias and the Basque Country – at the Mercado de San Miguel, you’ll find all the highlights of Spanish cuisine. Spread out over more than 20 stands, the common denominator here is a commitment to high-quality tapas and pub fare.

Over the years, me and my family have patronized the following establishments there: El 19 de San Miguel , La Casa del Bacalao, El Señor Martin, and the Horno de San Onofre. All very good on site and take home!

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You can get there by Metro Ópera Línes 2 and 5 and Sol Línes 1, 2 and 3. As well as suburbian trains Cercanías Líneas C3 and C4 terminus Sol , bus lines 3 and night time N16 and a nice underground parking at nearby Plaza Mayor.

And there you go , an old classic to be visited at least once in your trips to Madrid or thereabouts. Enjoy the Mercado de San Miguel in my beloved Madrid!

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

 

 

September 25, 2019

Shopping: Victor and ZapShop, Madrid!

So, therefore, after posting about the monuments and sights of my beloved Madrid will go into the places of shopping and restaurant with a series Restaurant: XXX Madrid or Shopping: XXX Madrid. Hope you enjoy them and do try them when visiting Madrid the food and shopping is an experience to behold in lovely Madrid. For lack of creativity ,I will copy this first paragraph into the subsequents posts! ::)

So let me bring you a quick review on a new store that we stumble upon in the middle of tourist central and it was a good buy. This was ZapShop at the Puerta Del Sol; it so happen this is now their newest and flagship store with the admin office on the upper levels! The prices were great as I got my pair of shoes for 19 euros! and they are very comfortable! Not that I am an expert on shopping but so far so good.

The chain ZapShop has managed to sneak in the last year in the ‘prime’ areas of the center of Madrid. Zapshop, specializing in low cost footwear, has ten stores in the capital, almost all located in city center/downtown; the last one, a flagship in the Puerta del Sol. And it was here that we saw it first and shop!

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Without making much noise Zapshop has managed to keep its stores always full. The key? the prices. Thus, it competes with its own brand, which it has also called Zapshop, with footwear that is around 30 euros made in China; However, it also occupies its lines with Pepe Milan, a brand based in Almansa (Albacete), with a higher price than its chain footwear. The company carries out its production in Elche (Alicante) and in Asia, mainly in China and introduces between twenty and thirty new models in stores every week.

They are working on their webpage so in the meantime here are the reviews on my fav site Yelp as in my blog roll bottom of my front main page. Yelp on Zapshop

Then we come to another shoe store this one classic historical working class neighborhood of brand names of old and new. The Victor Calzados (shoes) store is at Calle de Alcalà 278 between Quintana and Carmen metro line 5. I have known it for years!

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The store is full of shoes to the ceilings and the staff is family very friendly and knowleagable. Well enough or I will be very sentimental. To put it short, my dear late mother Gladys took me here in the early 1970’s to buy my shoes while we live right on Calle de Alcalà 331, right off the exit of metro Quintana line 5! On the second floor (3rd US) 2do A , postal box 67(Buzon) and always come here as a pilgrimage to her memory.

Over time, I too, took my now dear late wife Martine here and eventually my 3 young men sons, by now a family tradition of good shoes, good prices and very friendly family service. If you want this then by all means come to Victor Calzados its an easy trip by metro from Centro Madrid and it will be worth it, recommended.

There is no webpage of course, but it is listed in the Yelp reviews site here: Yelp on Victor Calzados Madrid!

Hope you enjoy the shopping in my beloved Madrid and especially on very special places of mine. Madrid is it!

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

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September 24, 2019

Restaurant: San Andrés and Docamar, Madrid!!

So, therefore, after posting about the monuments and sights of my beloved Madrid will go into the places of shopping and restaurant with a series Restaurant: XXX Madrid or Shopping: XXX Madrid. Hope you enjoy them and do try them when visiting Madrid the food and shopping is an experience to behold in lovely Madrid. For lack of creativity ,I will copy this first paragraph into the subsequents posts! ::)

So here we are in culinary splendeur of my beloved Madrid. Let me tell you about another find and an all time best which we missed sadly.

It is more than possible that you had a caña at the Cervecería de San Andrés in the Plaza de San Andrés, 4 without even knowing its name. We stay on the terrace in front of the Church of San Andrés (see previous post). We were walking as we did all over Madrid with hunger in our minds we saw this quant bar cerveceria brasserie /brewery and say enough walking we stop here and get something cold like a glass of cold Mahou 5 stars beer (caña) and some omelette or tortilla and chorizos sausages and we were full and happy to be here.

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Well the restaurant is divided into two floors, small room upstairs and bathrooms downstairs, but we stay in the sunny terrace with parasol umbrellas. This lifelong bar, but conveniently renovated, is one of the first to be filled thanks to its spacious and splendid terrace; one of the most popular in the neighborhood. In a quiet little square, in the shade of an umbrella and in front of a beautiful church, the best of Madrid is felt. Cooking level is quite traditional: raciones of tortilla, calamari, cheese, ham etc lovingly serve by a friendly waiter. Something to remember! Cerveceria San Andrés.

Their official webpage is under maintenance as I wrote this post but on my favorite Yelp reviews they have it nice for you : Yelp reviews on Cerveceria San Andrés

And now some that I know very well and very dear to me. I used to lived across the street for several years and always make the point to stop by. Sadly, this time by the time we got there is was closed as we missed the summer cut off day! Disappointed to say the least but more eager now to come back,and we will be back, always back to my beloved Madrid.

I like to mention here on this year missed my sweet neighborhood resto bar Docamar at Calle de Alcalá, 337. Metro: Quintana, line 5, just at the foot of my piso apartment when lived in Madrid in the early 1970’s and my pilgrimage visit every year to Madrid, as brings back wonderful memories of my dear late mother Gladys.

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If you want to try some of the best ‘patatas bravas’ in town, you’ll have to head out here, beyond the M-30 ring road. The merit of the dish is shared equally by the potatoes and the house sauce.

Docamar has made the humble tuber its flag. They spend around 4,000 kg  of potatoes weekly. A huge amount indeed. In the neighborhood of Quintana the neighbors already have that taste in their taste memory. It is already familiar, like the croquettes of our mothers. And also the taste of its secret sauce, recipe of the founder, Donato Cabrera, who never imagined how far his star dish would reach when he took it out of his sleeve a thousand years ago (so of speak…). Today, it is his grandson , Raúl Cabrera, who tries to maintain that heritage, but adapting to the new times. The bar retains that traditional aesthetic , where it seems that time has stopped.

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Outside, the barrels to support the potato sacks ,and chop something fresh, and inside, two floors. The one below or street level with a huge bar and a boiling troop of waiters. Here, for each drink, they usually put some potatoes. It is tapas at discretion. Glass bottles with the famous sauce decorate the wall behind the counter. They make about 20,000 liters a year that they also sell (take home!), by the way, to those who cannot live without it.

Upstairs, a well-appointed room, spacious and bright, with many windows and decorated with photos of people from the neighborhood: communions, football, workers, gangs, old and modern images, of people who went to breakfast, take a caña, and others who each afternoon came by it; this is their bar. A tribute to the faithful neighborhood, where, it is normal to share! Docamar forever and really here since 1963!! but it does seems like a thousand years!!

Official Docamar, the Quintana institution!

And there you go, one new to rediscover in a quant old section of Madrid at San Andrés, and the other well what can I say, I had it mentioned in previous posts but this is like coming home, Docamar, so sad we were just two days off and was closed. We will be back to my beloved Madrid!

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

 

 

 

September 24, 2019

Journées du Patrimoine or Heritage Days in France!

This is a quick reminder that I missed it!! I have participated in several of the Heritage Days of France or Journées du Patrimoine as it allows you to go into places usually or never allowed by the general public, and even some with little time for those like me member friends of many of them. I came back from a nice vacation in Madrid and taking over the job backup and the house really so sad to tell you no time to see any this year. However , for the memory to allow planning for next year here is some of the highlights for me .Hope you enjoy it and plan ahead too ::)

Sometimes I post something that has passed already because of its impact for a future visit. This time will post a whole series of event that happened every year in my belle France. It is the big celebration of heritage, or Journées du Patrimoine that were held this past Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22,2019. Despite the disturbances of strikes and politics as usual. The Palais du Luxembourg (where the Senate of France is located at the Jardin du Luxembourg)  is the building that attracted the most visitors this year. Overall, in these two days, 12 million visits were recorded on 17,000 different places!

The “Golden Palm” of attendance goes to the Senate(Palais du Luxembourg), with 22,499 visitors. The Palais de l’Elysée palace (home of the President of France), for its part, welcomed 20,000 visitors. The President  had gone the day before with Brigitte Macron (his wife) and Stéphane Bern (great promoter of heritage in France) in the house workshop of Rosa Bonheur,  12 Rue Rosa Bonheur, 77810 Thomery in Seine et Marne (dept. 77) ,but the President did not appear on the steps and in the gardens, Saturday. No doubt he judged that the social situation did not allow this moment of conviviality. Indeed.

According to a partial assessment of the Ministry of Culture, the Journée du Patrimoine or Heritage Days was, as every year, pulled it out well. The abbey of Mont Saint Michel (12,600 visitors), the Sainte Chapelle  and the Conciergerie (23,000) Château de Vincennes (10,100), the Banque de France (15,500), the Château de Ducs de Bretagne in Nantes (6,500), the university library of Strasbourg (8,500) or the Grand Theater of Bordeaux (6,500) . The Ministry of Culture, building at rue de Valois ,Paris, seduced 4,000 persons by exposing several fragments of Notre Dame Cathedral, including the rooster, formerly located at the top of the missing arrow. During the fire, the rooster dropped and was found in the rubble two days later!!.

Many middle schools, high schools, and universities were opened  their doors to the general public. Walk in the corridors of the Sorbonne. Founded in 1257, the Sorbonne now houses a part of the activities of several universities, including Paris 1, Paris 3 and Paris 4. This year, a new space, the gallery of 7 portraits of famous women requested by the rectorate to the artist Christian Guémy, aka C215, famous stencil artist, is added to the tour. Also, given the theme of this year, the Sorbonne will open its spaces for the first time to the students of the Academy of Paris, who will deliver various artistic performances. 5-47 rue des Ecoles, 5éme. Metro: Cluny-La Sorbonne

Located behind the Pantheon, the Lycée Henri IV occupies the former abbey of Sainte Geneviève, which overlooks the mountain of the same name. The establishment is considered one of the best high schools in France according to several rankings.  Located at 23 rue Clovis, 5éme. Metro: Cardinal Lemoine

Since 1809, the former Royal Abbey of Saint-Denis, which adjoins the famous Basilica, houses the House of Education of the Legion of Honor. Common point of the students: they are girls, granddaughters or great granddaughters of members of the Legion of Honor, the military medal or the National Order of Merit. Located at 1 rue de la République, 93000, Saint-Denis. Metro: Basilica de Saint-Denis

The National School of Fine Arts, under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture and member of the Paris University Sciences and Letters (PSL), is in the district of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Its 650 students occupy two hectares of buildings built between the 17C and 20C. Located at 14 rue Bonaparte,6éme. Metro: Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Paris attracts students from all over the world. To verify this, go to the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris (Ciup). The campus, similar to those of American universities, welcomes 12,000 students of 140 nationalities. Forty of them have their own pavilion. Built between 1925 and 1969, they reflect the different architectural trends of the 20C. Located at 17 boulevard Jourdan, 14éme. RER: Cité Universitaire

It is here that was created in 1929 the first national vocational school (ENP) of young girls. Its vocation?  To lead them towards emancipation by providing them with training in the field of domestic arts, sewing or secretarial work. The historic building built in the 19C belongs to the neoclassical style. Located at 108 rue Baffier, 18000 Bourges

The Hôtel Vendôme , which houses the Mines ParisTech engineering school, was built in 1707 by architect Le Blond for the Carthusians. It is one of the few engineering schools still located in Paris intramural. Visitors will have access to its gardens, home to one of the most beautiful mineralogy museums in the world, and a library, whose décor reflects the different architectural trends of the 19C. The École des Mines ParisTech is still one of the top three engineering schools in France. It is located at  60, boulevard Saint Michel 6éme Paris/Metro Notre Dame des Champs or RER B

The école militaire built under the rule of king Louis XV and located at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, brings together all organizations of higher military education in France. Among them: the School of War, the Institute of Advanced National Defense Studies (IHEDN) or the National Institute of Higher Studies of Security and Justice (INHESJ). Equestrian demonstrations, recitals, armored displays  were on the program. Located at 1 place Joffre, 7éme Paris. Metro: école militaire.

Max Linder Panorama;a cinema. Venetian stucco balconies and nearly 500 velvet armchairs overlook the immense hall of this exceptional cinema. Acquired in 1919 by the burlesque actor Max Linder before being recovered by the Pathé cinema in 1932, the institution is one of the last places to be moved by a panoramic screen of 107 m². Located at 24, bd Poissonnière 9éme.

The Grand Rex; a cinema. It is one of the largest halls in Europe, with 2,700 seats. Its Art Deco façade from 1932 that can be seen from afar on the Grands Boulevards. Inside, a starry vault and Baroque or Mediterranean decorations make it a place apart, a sort of palace of the cinema. Its museum, Les Étoiles du Rex, which revolves around the cinema and its history. Archive images, reconstructed sets, projection booth, transparent panoramic elevator behind the big screen, special effects … 1, bd Poissonnière 2éme. Paris.

The Cinémathèque Française. Located in the gardens of Bercy, it preserves the cinematographic heritage. The building was designed by the American-Canadian architect Frank Gehry, also a designer of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao (Spain). Curves and counter-curves dress this mastodon of concrete. Do not miss it. Here, everything is related to the 7th art: objects, documents, films. Great names of cinema to (re) discover and architecture of the site to admire.  Located at  51, rue de Bercy 12éme.

And of course the Château de Versailles : visit the most beautiful spaces of the north wing of Versailles in music  ,the Palais de marbre, salles des Croisades, salles Louis XIV, Chapelle Royale . Free admission by the cour de l’Opéra Royal!!!

The Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte in Mauncy, Seine-et-Marne dept 77 ;  opens the doors of its 7 artistic domains with the program, a treasure hunt and unpublished visits on the garden of Le Nôtre, guided tours behind the scenes of filming Marie-Antoinette to James Bond through the man in the mask of iron, concerts-readings with representations mixing the texts of Jean de La Fontaine with the baroque music and an immersive soundtrack plunging the visitor in the History of France with an adult course “The affair Fouquet” and a youth course “The fabulous history of Vaux”!

The Musée de la Grande Guerre at Meaux, Seine et Marne dept 77 .Offers tours of the museum’s reserves , flash tours of the permanent collections and the temporary exhibition “Behind the Scenes of Peace”!!!

There you these are just a sample of those dear to me that I would have love to visit some myself, but they are so many. Do plan ahead, and be here on those days usually are about the same end of September. Enjoy the post and keep it for the future!!

Official Ministry of Culture of France. Translation to English upper right hand FR turn to English : https://journeesdupatrimoine.culture.gouv.fr/

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

 

 

September 24, 2019

Restaurant:Smoothies and donuts, Madrid!

So, therefore, after posting about the monuments and sights of my beloved Madrid will go into the places of shopping and restaurant with a series Restaurant: XXX Madrid or Shopping: XXX Madrid. Hope you enjoy them and do try them when visiting Madrid the food and shopping is an experience to behold in lovely Madrid. For lack of creativity ,I will copy this first paragraph into the subsequents posts! ::)

The one most near us and we try it of course. This is Faborit a chain of minimalist and warm premises that integrate the latest technology to provide a good service: giant screens present a menu that varies according to the time of day.

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You have here exotic teas from all corners of the planet, coffees selected and prepared with care by a cappuccino specialist, the ‘coffee leader’, and a selection of flavored mineral waters (lime-lemon, apple-strawberry, kiwi and strawberry) from England, star in the amazing drinks menu. To eat, paninos, Italian pseudo-sandwich of bread similar to the payés stuffed with varied ingredients, and salads to the client’s taste. They prepare takeaway food. No reservation necessary. The restaurant recommends: salads, paninos and vitamin drinks. ‘Shakerato Frappé’ (drink halfway between milkshake and slush of various flavors) strawberry and banana, and Matcha Frappé (essence of green tea from Japan).

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We were just next to them so we try it one day with the Shakerato Frappé and a panini sandwich that was ok something different in my beloved Madrid. We try the one at Plaza de las Cortes across from the Westin Palace Hotel.

Official Faborit on Plaza de las Cortes

The Dunkin Coffee (Donuts) we went to is at Calle de la Victoria 2 corner with Carrera de San Jeronimo as is the one passing between Puerta del Sol and Plaza de las Cortes. We are very familiar with Dunkins Donuts but this is the first time we stop in one in Europe! And of course, it had to be in my beloved Madrid!

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Dunkin’ is one of the largest coffee and baked goods chains in the world founde in 1950 at Quincy, Massachusetts, USA. Dunkin’ Donuts was the name from 1950 to early 2019; and was renamed Dunkin’ Coffees in January 2019. There are many all over Spain most of them in Madrid, Barcelona and Malaga.

The main offer of coffee shops of this brand is based on American-style coffee and donuts, which are offered in a multitude of flavors and with brightly colored toppings. Over time, the chain expanded its range of products, until it also offered slushies, ice cream, soft drinks, tea, sandwiches, juices or snacks.

In Spain, the “Donuts” brand was previously registered by the Panrico company, so the company was born as a joint venture between Allied Domecq and Panrico (Allied had 50% at that time) in order to use the “Dunkin ‘Donuts” brand. In 2006, the sale of Dunkin ‘Donuts and Panrico to different entities (by Pernod-Ricard) meant the end of the link, so the chain was forced to modify its trademark, becoming “Dunkin’ Coffee”.

Official Dunkin Coffee on locations

There you go a one two punch of good traditional foodies for all tastes me think. Enjoy the Faborit and Dunkin Coffees in my beloved Madrid.

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

 

 

 

 

 

September 23, 2019

Shopping: Anton Martin and Cebada, Madrid!!

So, therefore, after posting about the monuments and sights of my beloved Madrid will go into the places of shopping and restaurant with a series Restaurant: XXX Madrid or Shopping: XXX Madrid. Hope you enjoy them and do try them when visiting Madrid the food and shopping is an experience to behold in lovely Madrid. For lack of creativity ,I will copy this first paragraph into the subsequents posts! ::)

Let me bring you into the markets of Madrid, the ones many times overlook for the other famous one. Well been in the city I have been to several of them and love them all. It is the vibrant life of any city and these are tops. Wherever , I am in the world I go to these markets for the essential foods, the huge hyper markets are only for the paper….

Let me tell you a bit about the Mercado of Anton Martin and de La Cebada in my beloved Madrid.

The Mercado de Antón Martín (officially named Mercado Municipal de Antón Martín) is a food market located in the center of Madrid between Calle de Atocha (next to the parish Church of San Salvador and San Nicolás) and Calle de Santa Isabel (next to Cine Doré ). Close to the Plaza de Antón Martín.

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The market became a covered supply plaza, which includes a passage discovered between Calle de Atocha and Calle de Santa Isabel (pasaje Doré ). Nearby was the Hospital of San Juan de Dios, near the Church of San Salvador and San Nicolás. In 1933 the City Council of Madrid commissioned a design of what will be the Market of Antón Martín The project is not executed until after the Spanish Civil War and was inaugurated in 1941. In the 1950’s, after the remodeling of the area is built the building that it is currently shown.

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The Mercado de Anton Martin has three floors, in the first two almost fifty different sales posts are distributed: fishmongers, bakeries, butchers, etc. Being the third one dedicated to private activities, since the beginning of the 21C by the flamenco dance school of Amor de Dios (love of God) The exits of the market building unleash in the Calle de Santa Isabel and in the Pasaje Doré passage. Some of the market stalls are distributed along the Calle de Santa Isabel.

Official Mercado de Anton Martin

Tourist office of Madrid on the Mercado de Anton Martin

The Mercado de La Cebada (Barley market) is one of the largest supply markets in Madrid. It is located in the Plaza de la Cebada no. 15, in the neighborhood of La Latina.

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In the location of the market there were since the 16C a set of outdoor stalls located in what is the Plaza de la Cebada. At this time the Puerta de Toledo was one of the entrance gates to the city and through it came the products that came from the provinces.

The use of iron in its structures was a notorious feature. The works began in 1870 and finally it was inaugurated on June 11, 1875 by King Alfonso XII. Due to hygienic problems, the building was demolished in 1956, and a more functional-looking market was built in 1958.

The current Mercado de La Cebada market has two effective commercial floors with an area of more than 6000 square meters. To the two mentioned floors , another one was added that acts as a warehouse and another one for parking (392 parking spaces). It is worth noting the six red domed roofs that close the building. As well as the large mural on the main monuments of Madrid made in 1962.

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Official Mercado de La Cebada

Tourist office of Madrid on the Mercado de La Cebada

There an every day feature of any big city and Madrid lucky to have a few nice ones and amongst them are these ones the Mercado de Anton Martin and the Mercado de La Cebada; enjoy them as we did/do

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

 

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