Some news from Spain CXIX

And back to my beloved Spain, on a cold day here and Madrid. My stadium Santiago Bernabeu is almost done and can’t wait for the green light to go visit the new stadium. In between, here are my some news from Spain series, and thanks for reading me.

The Casa del Ataud or Coffin House, the unknown predecessor of the Metropolis Building (see post) that was inaugurated exactly 111 years ago and converted into a symbol of the Gran Vía, the space on which it stands today was previously occupied by a most atypical construction, a very different building occupied the site that existed between Calle de Alcalá and Calle Caballero de Gracia. The Coffin House, popularly known for the narrowness of its façade, barely reached five meters in length. It was built in 1851 from the Calle de Alcalá, its façade measured 15 meters, from Calle Caballero de Gracia it did not exceed 14.90 meters. The Casa del Ataúd was demolished when construction began on Gran Vía, conceived as one of the largest urban interventions in Madrid at the time. The commissioning of one of the busiest arteries in Madrid involved the demolition of a total of 312 houses. In addition, 44 plots of land were leveled, 8,856 meters of sidewalks were de-paved, and more than 20,000 square meters of paving were removed. Yes Madrid is a lot different today even from my time in the early 1970’s.

The Prado Museum has just inaugurated an exhibition that proposes a journey through the American artistic culture that arrived in Spain in the Modern Age. The exhibition is made up of 107 pieces, of which 95 are kept in cultural institutions, religious spaces or collections in our country. The objective is to know the reasons for the journey during the Modern Age of these works of Ibero-American origin. The first room revolves around the concept of “square” as an urban element. Through it, the first two sections dialogue, “Geography, conquest and society” and “Images and cults of round trip”. The third section, “The crossings of art”, is articulated around domestic and ecclesiastical trousseaus while those typical of the Indian identity are under the umbrella of “Impronta indiana”. Prado webpage :

The town of Nuevo Baztán, in Madrid’s Alcarria, 50 km from the city, was chosen a year ago as one of the most beautiful in Spain. Today triples its visitors attracted by the palace of Churriguera , Juan de Goyeneche with the help of his friend the architect José Benito de Churriguera built between 1709 and 1713 a small city of new plant that he called Nuevo Baztán in homage to his homeland . It was the first time in Spain that a town was created to house a group of manufacturers and their workers. You should pay attention to the Tritons fountain, also in Churriguera, before heading towards the Plaza del Mercado, which preserves the original cobblestones. And peek at the Plaza de Fiestas, with a square floor plan. Bullfighting shows are no longer held, but concerts and summer cinema are. « El Zorro » was filmed here with Alain Delon, Madonna was never in Nuevo Baztán, but in the video clip of La isla bonita you can see several images of the town. The Plaza de la Cebada, where the humblest houses are like matchboxes, where factory workers and farmers lived. Across the road, an agricultural center served to supply them. Today it is the Fourth Lot winery, so called because it was within a quarter of the assets that Goyeneche’s heirs shared out. The Nuevo Baztàn tourist office :

 Fitur, the international tourism fair ,In its pavilion 9, it is possible to tour the entire region, including the capital Madrid, since the Community and the City Council share a stand. For the first time, in addition, there is the Los pueblo de Madrid space,(the towns of Madrid) which details the news and leisure plans for the next 12 months in the 179 towns of the region. The fair already happened but here are my favorites! Colmenar Viejo (see post), for its part, praises two of its popular festivals, La Maya, of literary origin, and La Vaquilla, in which 25 figures pretend to be these animals walking through the streets of the town amid dances and cheers. Its next edition is this January 29 2022. One last plan: get to know the first national museum of the Spanish Tercios (miitary units) in Villarejo de Salvanés (see post), which opens in February2022. Webpage :

A wonderful place already written on it in my blog, see post. More than 180 years old and with monumental facilities, González Byass Tío Pepe is one of the most important tourist attractions in Jerez de la Frontera. Its history, its legends, the beauty of its facilities, the centuries-old cathedrals where fortified wines age and its privileged location in the heart of the old town of Jerez de la Frontera, between the Cathedral and the Alcázar, are some of the reasons why it has been become the most visited winery in Europe and the best wine tourism destination in the DO Sherry of the planet, as published in The World’s Best Vineyards , We discover six curiosities of this legendary brand that in 2010 received the award for Best Winery in the World at the International Wine & Spirit Competition. Behind the Cathedral and at the foot of the Alcázar de Jerez, the gate at number 12 on Calle Manuel María González opens to invite the visitor on a journey through time. The seven-hectare site where Tío Pepe is located lacks vineyards (these are on the outskirts), however, in this small town there are old houses with white facades with Andalusian patios, 2,900 square meters of gardens with more than 400 trees and plants of 40 different species, spectacular centuries-old cathedrals where generous and brandies age, different wineries, a cooperage and beautiful narrow cobbled streets whose walls and ceilings are covered with vines. One of them is Los Ciegos,(the blinds) a magical corner considered one of the most beautiful streets in Spain. the Hotel Bodega Tío Pepe, a 27-room boutique hotel in a recovered building, more than 150 years old, made up of four houses that were once home to the workers of the winery. From the rooftop pool of the main building, you can almost touch the Cathedral of Jerez. Another curiosity of the Tío Pepe complex is that it houses the offices of the consulates of Sweden, Italy and Denmark, in addition to those of the González Byass group, which brings together Tío Pepe and ten other wineries from different denominations of origin throughout the Spanish geography. . At the entrance of the enclosure is the Real La Concha winery, a spectacular building with a semicircular floor plan and a metal structure whose design was attributed (there are discrepancies in this regard) to the prestigious French engineer Gustavo Eiffel. The large space with albero floors was built in honor of Queen Isabel II of Spain in 1868. Inside, 206 La Concha amontillado boots are arranged in a semicircle and each one has the flag of the 115 countries to which it has sales ;González Byass wine is exported. Another of the facilities considered an architectural jewel is the Gran Bodega Tío Pepe, in a modernist style, designed and built by Eduardo Torroja in 1964 in concrete, the only one in the Jerez region with this material. Up to 15 million liters of fino can be stored in it. The beautiful Los Apóstoles room, where important receptions and dinners are held, houses huge barrels that are more than 300 years old. The barrel of El Cristo stands out, an immense barrel with a capacity of 16,500 liters (33 barrels of 30 arrobas), which was ordered to be built in Germany. The name is related between the capacity of boots that it contained and the age of Christ when he died. Around it, there are another 12 barrels of 6,000 liters each, known as The 12 Apostles, although the name of Judas Iscariot was replaced by that of Matías. In El Cristo there is fine Tío Pepe made from grapes trodden by Queen Isabel II herself during her visit to the winery in 1862. The Bodega Los Reyes is dedicated to the Spanish royal family and houses the brand’s most precious and oldest wines, such as the Oloroso Methuselah, Del Duque amontillado or Pedro Ximénez Noé. There are also those classified as VORS (Vinum Optimum Rare Signatum or Very Old Rare Sherry), wines with more than 30 years of aging and exceptional quality. Most of its boots are signed and dedicated by the members of six generations of royalty in our country who have visited the wineries at some time, such as Isabel II (1862), Alfonso XII (1877), Alfonso XIII (1904), Victoria Eugenia (1927), Juan Carlos and Sofía (2000) and the Infanta Elena (2006). Other monarchs who have visited are Edward VIII of England (1927), Naruhito of Japan (1992) and Simeon of Bulgaria (1999), Reservation visit webpage :

The first Salvaje (wild) , a signature Japanese fusion cuisine business with cocktails and music, opened its doors in Panama, and later, Colombia. Today it has three restaurants in Madrid, in the recently reopened Hotel Bless, after moving from Calle Velázquez itself, in the wealthy neighborhood of La Moraleja, and the Galería Canalejas food hall, also a novelty. In addition to Barcelona, ​​in Only YOU Valencia and planning new locations, for example, in Marbella and Ibiza, Spanish destinations that move luxury. They have scheduled the opening of Paris in April, and after summer, they will open in Milan and Lisbon. In the US in 2022 ,they will open in Atlanta, Dallas and Denver. They are also going to reach the Arab world, first of all, to the city of Al Khobar around May, to Qatar to coincide with the World Cup and to Egypt, where they have planned a very special location in Cairo. In addition to the show, another the strong points is an eclectic decoration that also calls the mobile phone camera If there is something that hooks about Salvaje and makes you come back again and again, it is its Japanese cuisine with Latin roots, the result of the vital and professional experience and the creative personality of the Venezuelan chef Fermín Azkue, from a Basque father and with experience in some of the best restaurants in Europe, including some Michelin stars in Barcelona, ​​Paris and London, on the French island of Saint Barth, in the Caribbean, and in Panama. The Mixology is also a fundamental section Borja Goikoetxea, one of the most valued bartenders in our country, is the company’s head bartender and currently runs the national Salvaje or wild bars. Salvaje Madrid webpage :

If you want to see palaces in the strictest definition of the word palace then take a tour of these:Palacio Real de Madrid, Palacio de la Granja de San ildefonso in Segovia province , Palacio de Aranjuez in Madrid province ,Palacio de la Magdalena in Santander , Palacio de Larrinaga in Zaragoza, Palacio de los Leones in Granada, Pamacio Episcopal de Astorga in Léon, Palacio Municipal de la Coruña, Palacio de San Telmo in Sevilla , Palacio de Chavarri in Bilbao, Palacio de Sobrellano in Cantabria ,Palacio del Infantado in Guadalajara , Palacio de Santa Cruz in Valladolid, and Palacio Gûel in Barcelona. Something to plan ahead all wonderful.

Love dogs had them since childhood and glad my boys do too and help out a lot, Madrid is moving on!!pet friendly !! Nearly half a million pets currently live in homes in Madrid. The number of animals registered in the Identification Registry coordinated by the Department of the Environment and the Official College of Veterinarians of Madrid has increased by 30,000 pets in just five years. Between 2019 and 2020, 8,595 dogs and cats found a new family in the region, a rebound marked by a pandemic that seems to have made society aware of the advantages of living with a pet. In the case of public transport, movement with pets has been made easier in Madrid. In the municipal buses they can travel in their carrier. In Cercanías trains, dogs that are not in cages can travel, although it is mandatory that they travel with a muzzle, leash or non-extensible chain with a maximum length of 1.5 meters. Animals can travel on the Metro during the entire service except from 7h30 to 09h30, from 14h to 16h and from 18h to 20h. On weekends, holidays and the months of July and August, access is free. Of course, the journeys must be made in the last car of each train with a muzzle and a leash that, in this case, does not exceed 50 centimeters in length.

Its designation as World Design Capital 2022 is one more reason to enjoy new spaces by the sea or in the pedestrian heart of the Mediterranean city of Valencia! Veles e Vents is a verse from the great 15C poet Ausiàs March, the name of the building futuristic port of Valencia, designed by David Chipperfield and Fermín Vázquez, and the headquarters of the organization of Valencia World Design Capital 2022, This enclave is also a good starting point for touring the old maritime towns of the city and entering from the El Cabanyal The boutique hotel Balandret has established itself on the beachfront of Las Arenas, paying homage to the famous painting El Balandrito (1909), in which Sorolla painted that same sea , In a territory that last November declared paella An Asset of Cultural Interest, you cannot miss rice The Lavoe restaurant, next to the stately Calle de la Paz, embroiders it. The plaza del doctor Collado a newsstand and now, under the name of News & Coffee, it offers excellent coffees and design magazines under the nearby and hypnotic gargoyles of the Lonja to the spectacular and modernist Mercat Central of fresh products and full of decorative allusions to the orchard and gardens of Valencia, and even more so now that its entire heritage environment is being pedestrianised, The Buenavista store, already in the night-owl neighborhood of Carmen, brings together objects of ingenious and practical native design. The old Turia riverbed, converted into a garden, crosses Valencia and leads to a bike path whose route is full of contrasts and attractions. The path runs through the open seams of the outskirts, with the port cranes in the background, and through the surviving remnants of the orchard until it advances between pine trees and the El Saler sea and reaches the Albufera lake natural park. The Valencia tourist office:

The Can Jubany restaurant in Calldetenes (Barcelona) has been chosen as the favorite of the Spanish in 2021, according to the ranking just published by TheFork, (el tenedor) following it in the top 5 of the ranking La Casona del Judío, located in a 19C Indian house (Spanish returning from America) in Santander with a Michelin star, in third position is Venta Moncalvillo, the project by the Echapresto brothers in Daroca de Rioja, La Rioja, followed by the Amós de Jesús Sánchez gazebo in Villaverde De Pontones (Cantabria) and L’Ó-Hotel Món Sant Benet, in Sant Fruitos De Bages (Barcelona), also with a Michelin star, Catalonia is the region with the highest representation of Spain within the ranking, with 26 restaurants in the top 100, of which 20 are in the province of Barcelona . For its part, the Community of Madrid follows with 16 restaurants, while the Valencian Community and the Basque Country register a total of nine each.

Pizza Hut has just landed in the Plaza Mayor (Calle Gerona, 3), and to celebrate the opening of the new establishment in one of the most emblematic and traditional places in Madrid, the American fast food chain is launching its peculiar Pizza Chulapa for a limited time, a tribute to one of the gastronomic icons of the capital: the squid sandwich. One more reason to be in Madrid for us!! Webpage :

There you go folks, another dandy opening window to Spain, everything under the sun! Hope you enjoy the post as I, and always looking forward to visit my beloved Spain and my dear Madrid!!!

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

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