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May 8, 2022

Place Joffre of Paris!

Ok so this one was mentioned briefly in previous posts but have a picture and reminds me of my many parkings here to walk this marvelous spot in the 7éme arrondissement of Paris and Gros-Caillou quartier. Let me tell you a bit more on Place Joffre of Paris!!

The Place Joffre separates the école militaire and the Champ-de-Mars, between Avenue Duquesne and Avenue de La Bourdonnais, on the one hand, and Avenue de Suffren, the carrefour de General-Jacques-Pâris-de- Bollardière and Avenue de la Motte-Picquet, on the other hand,

This square pays homage to Joseph Joffre Marshal of France, winner of the First Battle of the Marne in 1914 , He was Joseph Jacques Césaire Joffre, born January 12, 1852 in Rivesaltes in the Pyrénées-Orientales and died January 3, 1931 in Paris.

In the middle of the square is erected the bronze equestrian statue of Marshal Joffre inaugurated on June 10, 1939, The école militaire, Champ-de-Mars,and the disused Champ de Mars metro station was located there. A vestige of the metro entrance still remains. In 2021, the ephemeral Grand Palais a temporary exhibition hall will be set up there, in place du Mur pour la Paix (wall of peace), which has been there since 2000. For the Paris 2024 Olympic games, judo and wrestling, wheelchair rugby and para-judo will be held here.

I had my choices of parkings here both above ground, the parking Suffren-Joffre at corner of Avenue de Suffren and Place Joffre, one of my favorite parkings in Paris! And the parking Joffre Ecole Militaire at  Place Joffre corner with Avenue Frédéric le Play.

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 You have wonderful places to see from here such as the école Militaire only 98 meters or less than a block from here ; also, the Village Suisse 264 meters , the Champ de Mars 251 meters and one of my favorites resto La Terrace du 7éme at 307 meters.

Here is the Paris tourist office on the main to see here école Militaire(see post) 12 pl Joffre:

There you go folks, a dandy street very well place with wonderful buildings around, great places to drink/eat and Paris of course. Hope you enjoy the Place Joffre as I

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

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May 8, 2022

The Paseo del Prado of Madrid!!!

So got me another picture from my vault on my dear Madrid! And of course, could not keep it out of my blog and share. This is a very famous street and a wonderful set of architecture and history as well.  Many if not all the sights here have posts in my blog ok. Let me tell you a bit on the architecturally stunning and historically great , Paseo del Prado of Madrid!!

Paseo del Prado, you’ll catch one of Madrid’s best-known boulevards , which shares the same name as the world-famous art museum. Other than the prominent Prado, the boulevard stretches past Museo Thyssen Bornemisza, almost reaching Museo Reina Sofia in an area known as “The Golden Triangle of Art”. When walking, make sure to stay in the green area in the middle, where you’ll spot plenty of monuments, statues, fountains and people walking their dogs or enjoying an afternoon stroll. The Paseo del Prado is the oldest historical urban street in Madrid  It runs between the Plaza de Cibeles and the Plaza del Emperador Carlos V (also known as Plaza de Atocha), with the Plaza de Cánovas del Castillo lying approximately in the middle. The Paseo del Prado forms the southern end of the city’s central axis (which continues to the north of Cibeles as the Paseo de Recoletos, and further north as the Paseo de la Castellana, see posts.  It is a must to walk it all ! The wonderful architecture, history and things to see here is amazing !! Stay tune, a bit long but all worth it me think.

The Paseo del Prado is a wonderful street to walk as said, and say it again, you must walk it all !! It is one of the main axis of the city of Madrid with opportunities to walk past wonderful buildings of great architecture and historical value, we love it, can you tell ? On this promenade there are also different monuments and venues of historical-artistic interest, built in the 18C as part of the Salón del Prado urban project, in addition to numerous ornamental and landscape motifs. The Villanueva Building, the main headquarters of the Prado Museum, the Royal Botanical Garden are some of the amazing sights here.

The Paseo or walk owes its name to the disappeared Prado de los Jerónimos, a group of plots of land and wild meadows located around the Monastery of San Jerónimo el Real,(see post), which marked the eastern limit of the urban area of ​​Madrid. The whole area was known as Prado Viejo, The first urban reform of the Prado Viejo took place in 1570, under the impulse of King Felipe II, who had established the Court in Madrid nine years earlier. At the beginning of the 17C, it was built, next to the monastery of San Jerónimo el Real , the Buen Retiro Palace, an estate and royal residence that closed the east face of the Prado de los Jerónimos. Of this last set, only the Salon de Reinos or hall of kingdoms and the Salon de Baile or ballroom ,known as the Casón del Buen Retiro (see post) are preserved, as well as part of its gardens, which make up the current Parque del Retiro (see post).

The Salón del Prado,or Prado Hall as this great reform was called, turned this profusely wooded area into a promenade with gardens and fountains. The Salón del Prado ran from the current Plaza de Cibeles to the roundabout of Atocha (now Glorieta del Emperador Carlos V), distinguishing three sections. The first, with the fountain of Apollo (or of the Four Seasons) in its center, and had those of Cibeles and Neptune at the ends, receiving the name of Prado de Apolo. The second went from Neptuno to the Botanical Garden, in front of which there was a roundabout with four small fountains at the intersection of Calle de Huertas, and lastly, the promenade that ran in front of the main façade of the Botanical Garden constituted the third section, at the end of which was placed the Fuente of Alcachofa or fountain of the Artichoke, rising in the background as part of the fence of the Salon del Prado, the Puerta de Atocha or Vallecas. The work was finished off with the repair and decoration of the promenade that leads to the Puerta de Alcalá , and the remodeling of the promenade that heads towards the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de Atocha (Our Lady of Atocha).

Between palaces on one side and the other, the Gabinete de Historia Natural or natural history cabinet (today the main building of the Prado Museum), the Royal Botanical Garden, the Platería de Martínez (where the Ministry of Health is today) and the Observatorio Astronómico or astronomical observatory. The Fuente de Alcachofa was moved to the Retiro Park pond, although it has a modern replica in the center of the Glorieta del Emperador Carlos V. From the time of the creation of the Prado hall, although initially intended for private residences,you have now many wonderful buildings such as the Palacio de Buenavista palace, at the intersection of Calle de Alcalá with Plaza de Cibeles, and the Palacio de Villahermosa (now houses the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum), on the corner of Plaza de las Cortes with Paseo del Prado. Already in the 19C, the Linares Palace (1873), and the Bank of Spain building (1891), both in Plaza de Cibeles, and the Bolsa or Stock Exchange (1893) were built. Interesting buildings of the 20C are the Ritz hotel (1910) and Palace hotel now Westin (1912) , and the Palace of Communications (1919) (today city hall of Madrid). In 2008,opened the CaixaForum Madrid cultural dissemination space , occupying the old building Central electrical del Mediodía (1899), transformed and remodeled for its new use. As part of this complex, the vertical garden attached to the main building stands out. Mind you you can read and see about these buildings in my many posts on my dear Madrid, so put in some pictures not elsewhere.

Ok on a walk, and again, a must ; you can see these wonderful buildings of my dear Madrid ! With a brief description as again see my many posts in my blog.

The Prado Museum is one of the most important museums in the world, as we see in the lists. In fact, it is the main claim of many of the tourists who come to Madrid every year. Casón del Buen Retiro. It was built in the second quarter of the 17C as a Ballroom, within the project that would also build the Palacio del Buen Retiro (now disappeared) and the Salón de Reinos, It is now part of the Prado Museum, The Thyssen Bornemisza Museum is an art gallery that brings together the most valuable works from the private collection that the Thyssen-Bornemisza family acquired over 70 years. It occupies the Palace of Villahermosa, from the 18C, Inaugurated in 1992 at the southern vertex of the Art Triangle, its full name is the Reina Sofía National Art Center Museum. In its permanent collection, the nucleus of great Spanish authors of the 20C stands out.

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Jeronimos Church. Next to the Royal Spanish Academy and behind the Prado Museum, the old Jerónimos Church still stands.

Real Academia Española or the royal Spanish academy. It was founded in Madrid in 1713 with the aim of “cultivating and establishing the purity and elegance of the Castilian language.” The building that it currently occupies, with four floors, was built at the end of the 19C in a style with neoclassical references.

Ritz Hotel. Currently belonging to the Belmond chain, the Ritz Hotel was built in 1910 following the wishes of King Alfonso XIII, The Westin Palace Hotel was inaugurated in 1912 following the suggestion that King Alfonso XIII made to the businessman Georges Marquet to open a hotel establishment with all the advances of the time

Monument to the Fallen for Spain. On the odd side of the Paseo del Prado is the Plaza de la Lealtad. And in the center of it we have the Monument to the Fallen for Spain, also called the May 2 Monument, in memory of the Heroes of May 2, 1808.

Bolsa or stock exchange building. In the same Plaza de la Lealtad, facing the Monument to the Fallen for Spain
Plaza Canovas del Castillo square. It is also popularly known as Neptune Square, because the Fuente de Neptuno or Neptune fountain is located in its center. Considered one of the most beautiful in the world
Fuente de Apolo or Apollo fountain. It is the center of the old Salon del Prado hall.Also, know as the Fuente de las Cuatro Estaciones or fountain of the four seasons. This is due to the four effigies that surround the fountain and that represent each of the seasons of the year.

Plaza de Cibeles. It is one of the most popular and visited squares in Madrid, The venue for the successes of Real Madrid, the square located at the beginning of Paseo del Prado is of special interest due to the Fuente de Cibeles fountain that occupies its center and the buildings that is surrounded by such as Cibeles Palace(old communications), the Linares Palace, the Buenavista Palace and the Bank of Spain building.

CaixaForum. It is the Cultural and Social Center of Obra Social de La Caixa, a space that houses a wide cultural offer with temporary exhibitions, conferences, workshops, courses and concerts.

At the southern end of the Paseo del Prado is the Atocha trains station, which was born in the 19C as the Central Station of Madrid and shortly after was renamed the Estación del Mediodía. The railway complex houses the Cercanías station, with access to the Metro, and Puerta de Atocha, for High Speed ​​and long distance.

The Palacio de Fomento y Ministerio de Agricultura or development palace and ministry of agriculture. The Ministry of Agriculture is currently housed in the Palacio de Fomento, built in the last years of the 19C, facing the Atocha trains station,
Continuing our circuit along the Paseo del Prado we come across the Cuesta de Moyano, a small pedestrianized street that links the Glorieta del Emperador Carlos V roundabout with the Retiro Park. On this slope there has been a Book Fair since ancient times in which some of the most traditional bookstores in Madrid have a sales booth,

The Jardin Botànico or botanical garden occupies this privileged corner of Madrid since 1781. It was located in this place to further embellish the Prado Hall project and to create the Hill of Sciences in this area on the outskirts of the city, together with the Cabinet of Natural Sciences (today part of the Prado Museum) and the Astronomical Observatory.


Monument to Eugenio d’Ors. Located in front of the Prado Museum, we have had this monument since 1963. It is dedicated to the writer and philosopher Eugenio d’Ors Rovira and consists of a granite mural with a slightly curved line. Inside there is an inscription reflecting Orsian thought and in front of it a fountain with two figures. In the extrados we see a medallion with the image of the honoree.

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The Madrid tourist office on Paseo del Prado

There you folks, a dandy wonderful street of my dear Madrid. A good walk with plenty of architecture and history,  A walk on Paseo del Prado is a must to do while in Madrid, me think. Hope you have enjoy the walk and do it eventually as I will again!

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

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May 8, 2022

The Calle Mayor of Madrid!!

So got me another picture from my vault on my dear Madrid! And of course, could not keep it out of my blog and share. This is a very famous street and a wonderful set of architecture and history as well.  Many if not all the sights here have posts in my blog ok. Let me tell you a bit on the architecturally stunning and historically great ,Calle Mayor of Madrid!!

The Calle Mayor, lined with some of Madrid’s most beautiful monuments, the street is home to Plaza Mayor,  starting at the Puerta del Sol and ending up next to Madrid’s Almudena Cathedral. (see posts) .You’ll also stroll by several plazas, such as the lovely Plaza de la Villa, a few churches,  the remains of the muslim wall of the city, and souvenir shops. Plus, you’re right near the famous Mercado de San Miguel, where you can stop by for some tapas and a glass of wine mid-walk.(see posts).

Although it barely reaches a kilometer in length, throughout its more than six centuries of history it has had different names to describe its different sections. Originally, and even before it was actually a street, it was a triumphal route for the Catholic Monarchs on their visits to the town at the end of the 15C and then a walk for courtly finery in the 17C, One of its oldest buildings It was the convent of San Felipe el Real, which with the confiscation of Mendizabal (separation State and Church) was abandoned and was demolished to build houses, Throughout its history, it was an important commercial route for the concentration of guilds, highlighting those of jewelers, clothiers, silkers and wardrobes or loaners, together with others such as weavers or tinters who struggled to look out onto this main street from the swarm of those that converged in it.

Some unique buildings are preserved along the Calle Mayor are at no. 1, the so-called Casa Cordero (in which the first telephone exchange in Madrid was installed), The no 5 the modernist house of Ruiz de Velasco ; At no 10 Calle Mayor is the El Riojano pastry shop, which has hardly changed the decoration since it was founded in 1855, both in the main establishment and in the cozy tea room inside. The no 16 Colonial Company building since 1909 , dedicated to shops and offices. Its modernist style facade that includes unique crowning in the viewpoints and ceramics that allude to the colonial products that the company marketed, such as cocoa or coffee. In the building that stood at no. 46 was born Félix Lope de Vega y Carpio, who was baptized on December 6, 1562 in the neighboring and also disappeared church of San Miguel de los Octoes.

The Calle Mayor opens slightly in the Plaza del Comandante las Morenas. From this place you can go down to the Mercado San Miguel market, the Cuevas de Luis Candelas restaurant (all time favorite) or the Botín Restaurant. This is where the old Puerta de Guadalajara was located, part of the medieval wall of Madrid, and for this reason a plaque remembers it at no 49.  At no. 59, the so-called Farmacia de la Reina Madre or pharmacy of the queen mother is preserved. The original business dates back to 1598. It is likely that it took its name from Isabel Farnesio, second wife of King Felipe V and mother of king Carlos III, and from the relations and services with and for the Real Botica de Palacio.(pharmacy of the royal palace),At no 61 ,you see the building where Pedro Calderón de la Barca lived and died, with a brief plaque on the first one that commemorates him, At no 69 the palace of Cañete; no 79 the Palace of Uceda or Consejeros (advisers) ; no 86 the Abrantes Palace (which houses the Institute of Italian Culture); in addition to the Renaissance complex of the Plaza de la Villa and the Church or Iglesia del Sacramento.


At no, 80, a small shop called La Librería opens its doors, specializing in books about Madrid. And at the end Casa Ciriaco, at no 84. Also on the corner of Puerta del Sol, at no 2 is La Mallorquina, doyen of Madrid confectioners (another all time favorite). In front of Casa Ciriaco, where Madrid’s Calle Mayor becomes definitely wider, you see a small monument dedicated to the memory of the victims of the attack against king Alfonso XIII and his wife in 1906, which ended the lives of many people who witnessed the royal procession on their wedding day as the newlyweds returned from the Jerónimos Church to the Royal Palace. Behind the monument stands the Iglesia del Sacramento, Cathedral of the Armed Forces.(see post).


Next to the above monument is the Palace of the Dukes of Uceda, which houses the Council of State and Captaincy General. It is a large building ordered to be built by Felipe III in the 17C for his personal use and which later served to house the different Royal Councils. The last buildings on the odd-numbered sidewalk correspond to the Armenian Embassy at no 81 and the Municipal Economic-Administrative Court at no, 83. Just after this, you will see a fence behind which you can see the Emir Mohamed I Park, where a piece of the Muslim wall of Madrid is preserved, After the Park and the Image of the Almudena, the Cuesta de la Vega begins, which houses gardens with some benches and relaxing views, ideal for resting after visiting Calle Mayor.

The Madrid tourist office on the tourist info kiosk of Plaza Mayor

There you folks, a dandy wonderful street of my dear Madrid. A good walk with plenty of architecture and history,  A walk on Calle Mayor is a must to do while in Madrid, me think. Hope you have enjoy the walk and do it eventually as I will again!

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

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