September 20, 2019

Matadero, Madrid of course!

Well let me take a step into a nice newer monument in Madrid. This was not there when I lived in the city and over the years have become a magnet for cultural events and concerts. I will dwell into the Matadero of Madrid, a place the young as my sons enjoy much.


The Matadero and Municipal Cattle Market of Madrid, also known for its primary use during its period of operation and for its location as Municipal Slaughterhouse of Legazpi or Municipal Slaughterhouse of Arganzuela, was a set of forty-eight buildings dedicated to perform slaughterhouse functions industrial and livestock market in the city of Madrid during the central decades of the 20C!.

Initially it was bounded by the Paseo de la Chopera, Calle Vado de Santa Catalina, the canalization of the Manzanares River, and the Paseo de Santa María de la Cabeza, in the district of Arganzuela. The land had twelve hectares of built surface with several buildings of Neomudéjar architecture typical of the industrial architecture of the transition from the 19C to the 20C. It was built at the beginning of the 20C in an area that was then depopulated in Madrid in response to the needs of the growing population of the city and as a replacement for the old slaughterhouse in Puerta de Toledo. Between 1932 and 1933, the construction of an additional building with functions of slaughterhouse of fowls and chickens.

At the beginning of the 1980s, it was decided to concentrate the functions of the complex in the south zone of the complex, and there was the remodeling and change of use of several of the dependencies that were left free in the north zone: the Pabellon de Direccion or adm bldg (known currently as Casa del Reloj,(see previous post) transformed into the seat of the Municipal Board of the district of Arganzuela); the old cattle stables, in which the permanent headquarters of the National Dance Company (CND) and the National Ballet of Spain were located; or the old cattle stable (later Nave de Patatas), which became a set of greenhouses that reproduce the climate of tropical and subtropical areas as the Palacio de Cristal de Arganzuela (see other post).

The Matadero or slaughterhouse was in operation for almost six decades until 1996, afterwar the facilities were left unused until in 2003 it was decided to transform it into a cultural space known as Matadero Madrid, which opened its doors in 2007. The underground of the M-30 beltway and the creation of the Madrid Río park also impacted on the environment of the old facilities, as the starting point was made in the plot of the Matadero park, which made disappeared the Dalieda (dahlias park). After the end of the works, all the land that had made up the Matadero Park was integrated into Madrid Río.(see previous post)

The proposals for alternative uses of the space were happening: Museum of Architecture, municipal libraries, multiplexes, shopping center, etc. In the 1990s, the old cattle stables were transformed into the headquarters of the National Ballet of Spain and the National Dance Company. The renovation and cultural transformation operations were linked within the so-called Baroque Trident formed by the Paseo de las Delicias, the Paseo de Santa María de la Cabeza and the Ronda de Atocha  Initially 48 buildings were built on the grounds of the slaughterhouse and the market, which later increased to 64 in 1921. The materials used corresponded to those used in the monuments of Madrid: Berroque stone in plinths, exposed brick and masonry discovered abroad. The walls have the style of the Toledo rig typical of Castile. The style resembles the Werkbund  with clear traces of Neomudéjar style.


The conversion of the slaughterhouse(Matadero::)) into a cultural space is included in other restoration initiatives in Spain, such as the Laboral de Gijón and the Tabacalera de San Sebastián. The inclusion in the middle of the year 2011 in the Madrid Rio Park makes the Matadero a Cultural Space within a Park located on the banks of the Manzanares River between the Puente de los Franceses (Bridge of the French, we walked to it)  and the South Knot. The cultural space dedicates its facilities to temporary exhibitions, design and theatrical activity.


Aves Matadero (birds), an institution born in March 2017 and whose artistic direction is a space in which the performing, visual arts, literature, philosophy, cinema, music and transmedia activities are interconnected in an interdisciplinary program. The theater section occupies three central warehouses lined with rectangular plan and interconnected with each other warehouses 10, 11 and 12.

Intermediæ and Lobby, this is a space created and prepared for open interaction and cultural dialogue between the cultural activities of the Matadero and citizens. It is an experimental center for contemporary creation funded in part by the General Directorate of Cultural Projects of the Community of Madrid. It is located on the right, as you enter, along the Paseo de la Chopera.

Central del Diseño (Design central). This is a space dedicated to the exhibition dissemination and promotion of projects related to graphic, industrial and interior design. Like Intermediæ, it opened in November 2007.

Factoria Cultural or Cultural Factory, It is a space dedicated to incubator of new companies: nursery of cultural and creative industries. It has its place in the warehouse 1 of Matadero that overlooks the Paseo de la Chopera, and its surface is  of about 400 m²

 Open x Works: It is located in the former cold chamber of the Matadero (slaughterhouse)  occupying part of the oreo warehouse, hangers and refrigerating section that overlooks the Paseo de la Chopera. This space presents an exhibition area with special features, black walls and low light, dedicated to national and international artists. It is in operation since 2007.


The Casa del Lector or House of the Reader of the Sánchez Ruipérez Foundation is an International Center for Research, Development and Innovation of Reading. It is a center located in the two warehouses whose purpose is the training, information and dissemination of the book and reading.

The Cineteca is a visual cinematheque  archive dedicated to non-fiction cinema. The 2688 m2 floor space of the Matadero Cineteca has been divided into five functions: two cinemas , a shooting set, and Documents Archive (the visual library), a cafeteria  and an adjacent terrace space that allows the possibility of film projections in the summer months. The Sala Azcona (named in honor of the Spanish screenwriter Rafael Azcona) is a movie theater with capacity for 250 spectators responsible for the dissemination of the work of Spanish and international filmmakers and television creators. This room is the one dedicated to the monthly premiere. A multipurpose room (Room B), with a capacity for 70 spectators, is located in the space around the Azcona Hall.

Nave de Música or music warehouse. This is the space occupied until November 2011 by the Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA Radio) and which since 2012 hosts all the musical programming of the Matadero. It has among its resources a radio and recording studio, a stage for small concerts, and nine rehearsal rooms.


Since the beginning of 2011, the Documenta Madrid archive has been installed in the area near the chimney. It allows to see any of the works sent to the festival in all its editions since 2004. Warehouse or nave 16 is a multipurpose exhibition space, with 5913 m2. Due to its versatility, it can host presentations, large exhibitions, concerts, work production workshops, talks, scenic proposals or social activities.

Official Matadero Madrid

Tourist office of Madrid on the Matadero

And this is another dandy of Madrid that for the culturally inclined or concert goer should be a must to visit while in Madrid, remember, the Matadero they don’t kill anymore but show off the world of Spain. Hope you enjoy it!

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

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September 20, 2019

Some news from Spain LXXXV

So not really totally out of my beloved Spain, even if some posts still pending from my last trip to sunny Spain. Let me bring you up to date with the fantastic cultural season coming up and some goodies! Right now I am sunny and windy at 16C or about 62F while my beloved Madrid is at 20C or about 70F and cloudy.  But let’s get in into the real deal !

The musical A Chorus Line, which will serve to inaugurate in a few weeks , they estimate it will be in November. The Soho Caixabank Theater, the project promoted by Antonio Banderas in Malaga, his hometown. The show can also be seen later in Bilbao, Barcelona and Madrid. I saw him on the practice routines and shoud be wonderful lots of energy and choreography! He is involved personally in the theater with private funds! And ,also trying to bring more arts away from the better known cities in Spain. More here:

Just 200 years ago, Francisco de Goya gave the first strokes of his black paintings, a series of 14 murals among which are some of his best-known works: Saturno devorando a su hijo,( Saturn devouring his son ) Perro semihundido,( Semi-sunken dog)  Duelo a garrotazos (Duel with sticks), Dos viejos (Two old men) , El aquelarre (the Covern)… He painted them on the walls of his house, Quinta del Sordo, a farm he bought in 1819 on the outskirts of Madrid to escape social life, already completely deaf, sick and increasingly elusive of the convulsive political situation, presaging perhaps his future exile in Bordeaux.  Maybe that’s why they came out so dark and violent. There, in Bordeaux,  the painter died in 1828. At the Fernán Gómez Center ,Plaza de Colon, has built an ambitious project that includes the premiere of a theatrical piece by José Sanchis Sinisterra, written expressly for the commemoration, and a large exhibition with a hundred works by 58 contemporary artists in which the Aragonese (Goya) footprint is appreciated: Antonio Saura, Antoni Tàpies, Rafael and Daniel Canogar, Cristina Iglesias, Luis Gordillo, Carmen Calvo, Eva Lootz, William Kentridge, Jorge Galindo and Rogelio López Cuenca, among others. In the main one there are works that reinterpret Goya’s titles: there are some canvases of the famous series Goya de Saura’s dog; a Saturn by Pablo Serrano (1974) and another by Robert Longo (2012), as well as a Chronicle Team Leocadia and an installation by Pilar Albarracín that materializes the print 39 of Los Caprichos (whims) by placing a large donkey on a mountain of books. Goya’s imprint on contemporary art, which can be visited until November 24 2019. More info here:

Don Carlo, in the Teatro Real , Plaza de Isabel II ,in the last four years, the final operatic tetralogy of Giuseppe Verdi has been seen in the Teatro Real (Royal Theater), with leaps back and forth: two lucrative commissions from abroad and his two calm collaborations with Arrigo Boito inspired by Shakespeare. Music by Giuseppe Verdi. Maria Agresta, Marcelo Puente, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Dmitri Belosselskiy and Luca Salsi, among others. Royal Choir and Orchestra of the Teatro Real. Musical direction: Nicola Luisotti. Stage direction: David McVicar. Until October 6, 2019. More info here:

Theater companies such as Matarile, Mal Pelo or Imaginary Numbers will alternate in the next edition with great international figures such as Milo Rau, Alain Platel and Maja Kleczewska and the Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne are some of the great names of the international theater that will participate in the 37th edition of the Fall Festival of the Community of Madrid, which will be held between November 15 and December 1 2019. Also, the Chilean company La Re-Sentida, which already performed last year at the Festival de Otoño (Autumn Festival), returns this year with Landscapes to avoid coloring. From Argentina come a unique performance by Fernando Rubio, entitled Everything that is next to me, in which viewers are invited to share a conversation in a bed with seven Spanish actresses: Susi Sánchez, María Morales, Nerea Barros, Mónica Bardem , Marta Poveda, Elena Seguí and Conchi Espejo. And also from Argentina, the well-known Claudio Tolcachir will present Proximo (Next). More info here:

CaixaForum  proposes a trip through more than 200 treasures from the Assyrian empire to that of Alexander the Great: the exhibition Lujos (Luxury). From the Assyrians to Alexander the Great. The 217 precious objects that are exhibited in CaixaForum ,Paseo del Prado, 36 from September 20 to January 12, 2020. From the Assyrians, through the Phoenicians, the exhibition discovers the luxuries of the Babylonians or the great influence of the Achaemenids. It ends with the arrival of Alexander the Great, who changed everything. All the objects in the exhibition, which belong to the British Museum, constitute a journey through the history of conquests, incessant struggles and looting; but they are also proof of the great commercial and cultural exchange of empires that occupied an area between the Iberian Peninsula and India. The oldest object dates from 1,000 B.C. It is a belt carved with such care that remembers the will of humans to create and possess beautiful things. Then and now. More info here:

The towers of the Evangelists of the Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) Barcelona, will be crowned by the four figures that represent them: an angel to Matthew; a lion to Marcos; an ox to Lucas, and an eagle to John, with sculptures by Xavier Medina Campeny that will measure about nine meters each. The tower of Mary will also end predictably in 2021, and that of Jesus will be the last to end, in 2022. The four Evangelists have reached 106 meters and are only one to match the towers that Gaudí built for the Nativity facade before he died in 1926. Yesterday the prototypes of the terminals of this tetramorphous were presented, which will have the shape of a man, Lion, bull and eagle. They will end up at 135 meters high, weigh 14 tons and measure nine meters high, 6.5 of them will be huge wings. The base of these figures will house powerful spotlights that will illuminate the tallest tower, that of Jesus Christ, of 172.5 meters.

The Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC) has admitted for processing the appeal raised by the Platform of People Affected by the Sagrada Familia against the special urban plan approved by the City Council of Barcelona in February 2019 and promoted by the temple board. The approval of the aforementioned plan implies, de facto, the construction of a platform 57 meters long and five meters wide on the facade of  Calle Mallorca, a first part of a cantilever that would compromise the future of the houses located in that strip. The City Council undertook to summon the neighbors and all those interested in participating in that debate in which, among other things, the following should be addressed: the legitimacy of the stairway project that the Board assures was of Gaudí, how the expropriation of the floors and businesses affected, the quantification of what it would entail and, most importantly, who should face this millionaire expense.  So I guess to be continue… More on the renovation/construction in Spanish here:

Daniel Landi, member of Comando G ( G of Garnacha), is a master in the art of extracting the old Castilian Grenache from Gredos its glorious singularity. and it has been doing it for a few years in the designation of origin Vinos de Madrid. Always using surprising red names for its red wines, such as  La Mujer Cañón, Reina de los Deseos, Hombre Bala o este, La Bruja de Rozas,(the witch of Rozas)  por Rozas de Puerto Real, where its nine hectares are located with vineyards between 50 and 90 years old; settled on soils degraded granites that bring freshness and finesse. It is a forested enclave, on the slopes of the Sierra de Gredos, almost 900 meters high. Biodynamic philosophy and fermentations separately in wooden vats and aging for 10 months in French oak vats. They thus obtain a complex red wine, where the compiled wild fruit maintains its aromatic chromaticism, and the discreet imprint of the wood allows the presence of floral and spicy nuances, together with the dreamy memory of balsamic herbs. Long, fresh and tasty, it conquers you without boasting body and color.Another Spanish innovation in winemaking. More info on contact here:

And this on the wine La Bruja de Rozaz from one of my all time favorites Jancis Robinson:

Something exotic from the land of Quixote’s dreams Castilla La Mancha!  For millennia, the waters of this Xuq river have been scratching the ground of this part of the region of La Manchuela of Albacete creating an amazing vertical landscape of canyons of white and yellowish earth crossed by a green artery of poplars, ash trees, fig trees and willows, to those that were added productive orchards that take advantage of the rich silt left by the river course century after century. In that environment is XUQ, which takes its name, precisely, from the old Arabic denomination of Júcar: Xuquer.  Enterprises folks have turned these old cave-houses into tremendously attractive accommodations, mixing the exotic rusticity of the caves with design furniture and modern decorative elements, creating environments where traditional and artisanal coexist with industrial and avant-garde. The eight suites are different from each other. Its interior aspect has changed but they are still bioclimatic houses in which the temperature is constant throughout the year (between 18 and 20ºC). A great idea for a get away and dream on! More here:

And there you for this edition of Some news from Spain, which is everything under the Sun! or where La vida es chula (life is beautiful). Hope you have enjoy it. I will continue with Madrid!!

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

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September 20, 2019

Madrid Rio, Manzanares that is!

Well you know by now that every great city has a river! Yes , and Madrid is no exception even if not right down the middle is life to the city. Recently , it has been given more protagonism in the landscape of clean Madrid with the creation of Madrid Rio. Frankly, I was not too excited about it at first but by now its all welcome! Beautiful job and wonderful to be in walking it is sublime even in Summer! All along the Manzanares river of Madrid!

Bear with me its a bit long as will try to describe this huge area briefly ::)

Madrid Río is a linear park of 1,210,881 square meters where you will find gardens, sports activities, activities for children and even what they call the beach, with water jets. Through the Manzanares River and its 9 dams, en los dos márgenes del río Manzanares, en buena parte sobre el trazado soterrado de la vía de circunvalación M-30, desde el nudo Sur hasta el enlace con la A-5. There are 33,623 new trees, 470,844 shrubs and 210,898 square meters of low grassland.

The tree-lined promenade, also called the Salon de Pinos or Pine Hall. Six landscaped areas: Gardens of Aniceto Marinas, Paseo de la Virgen del Puerto , Segovia Bridge, Toledo Bridge, Matadero and Arganzuela Park; The boulevard of the avenue of Portugal, 30 km of paths for cycling, 33 sports tracks for skating, skateboarding, climbing, football, futsal, paddle tennis, tennis and basketball. 17 playgrounds for children and Madrid Rio swings, 7 petanque courts, 12 game tables, 3 platforms for cultural events, 63 drinking fountains, 637 bicycle forks, 33 overpasses and bridges, 13 ornamental fountains, climbing wall and an urban beach with three water enclosures in the Arganzuela Park.

From city center the Príncipe Pío metro station lines 6 and 10. Behind the Puerta de San Vicente there are some stairs that will take you to the Madrid Rio (River). Another option would be, once you leave the metro, walk along the Paseo de la Florida until you reach the Reina Victoria Bridge and so you can see Madrid Rio from the beginning .We took it from Legazpi on bus 46 and walk all along the Manzanares river! Paseo de la Chopera and Paseo de las Yeserias to the  Glorieta de las Piramides to take metro line 5 back .Wonderful!


The Manzanares River sits on a 69-kilometer basin that begins at 2,258 meters of altitude in the Sierra de Guadarrama, and ends at the Jarama River at 527 meters above sea level. In its route it receives water from more than thirty streams and coexists with different types of infrastructure, some that are its own as bridges, dams and reservoirs, and others that cross or limit it, such as roads, railways and conduits.

What we liked most to discover were the bridges and viewpoints of the Madrid Rio, the vast majority with incredible views. Some examples are the Segovia Bridge or the Puente del Rey or King’s Bridge. The viewpoint of the Huerta de la Partida is also impressive, from where you can see a magnificent perspective of the historic sky line of Madrid, including monuments such as the Royal Palace or the Almudena Cathedral. Another is the viewpoint of the Glorieta de San Vicente, with its panoramic view of the Casa de Campo, the boulevard of the Avenida de Portugal, and the Sierra de Madrid itself. From the terrace viewpoint of the monumental bridge of Arganzuela you will see the Toledo bridge and the new Arganzuela park with the urban beach.  What they call the Playa del Madrid Rio is an aquatic space of more than 6,500 m2 where the small and not so small can be soaked with high-altitude water jets that are also capable of producing different effects and clouds of water spray .


The linear superstructure of the Salon de Pinos is the element that organizes the continuity of routes along the right bank of the river. It is built on the tunnels in its entirety and has an average width of thirty meters. On the concrete slab that covers the passage of cars, more than 9,000 units of different pine species, of various sizes, shapes and clusters have been planted with a forest plantation framework. Two symbolic examples of this intersection are the historic bridges of Segovia (1582) and Toledo (1732).

The Puente de Segovia bridge was built at the end of the 16C, commissioned by king Felipe II. The landscaping project of its surroundings is an exception in the area of ​​the Salon de Pinos or Pine Hall, constituting a widening of it and offering a different approach to the river. The gardens are arranged through a series of organic trace lines that model successive terraces that descend towards the river. Two clean water ponds have been built on which, on the one hand, a monumental fountain of 16 water jets with a cypress shape rises and on the other a small garden of water lilies. The ponds are accessible by stone steps that approach them until they submerge.

The gardens of the Puente de Toledo bridge constitute one of the most significant areas of the Madrid Río Project, since they are located in an enclave of exceptional importance in which the Salon de Pinos or Pine Hall meets one of the monumental bridges of Madrid, the Puente de Toledo, built between 1718 and 1732. The Esplanade of the King,an open esplanade paved with a large figurative pattern and serves as a great atrium before the Casa de Campo. The Huerta de la Partida (orchard), which is a closed enclosure in which different reticles of fruit trees (pear, apple, mulberry, pomegranate, fig, walnut, hazelnut, etc.) have been planted host an extraordinary viewpoint of the cornice. The Avenidad de Portugal, turned into a boulevard paved by Portuguese socks and populated by four cherry species  allows the contemplation of a spectacular flowering that It lasts more than a month in spring. Finally, the gardens of La Virgen del Puerto, on the other side of the river, structured through the arrangement of flower beds oriented along the axes of the main urban events in the area: the Segovia bridge, the Puente del Rey or King’s bridge, Avenida de Portugal and the Puerta del Rey (king’s gate) that has been restored.

The Esplanada del Rey or King’s esplanade, which is an open space with an area of ​​approximately 14,000 m2 and a parallel front of the river of just under  250 meters. The destination of this space is to form a stage capable of hosting different civic manifestations (concerts, official celebrations, cultural activities, etc.) in an environment of extraordinary environmental quality, which allows all to contemplate the Historic center of Madrid. This place is connected to the Salon de Pinos and is part of it, although due to its use, it is an area almost devoid of trees.


The Huerta de la Partida is again,  the planting of different fruit tree clusters (pomegranates, mulberry trees, apple trees, pear trees, hazelnuts, almond trees, fig trees, olive and walnut trees) that are incorporated into the environment describing crosslinked quadrants with subtle orientation variations. Finally, a wet estuary has been projected that describes the trajectory of the Meaques stream, currently piped and hidden, since in the past, when king Felipe II acquired this farm after establishing the capital of Madrid, in this position some orchards were planted that produced the necessary food for the workers of the Casa de Campo.

The new Arganzuela Park, built on old pastures of grass for communal use. In this environment the Municipal Slaughterhouse was built, a notable example of post-industrial architecture of the second decade of the 20C (see previous post). Among the existing bridges stands out the operation carried out with the seven dams that have been converted into pedestrian walkways through its integral restoration and the incorporation of an accessible wooden board. Secondly, in this series, the recycling of the M-30 road bridge that crossed the river south of the Segovia Bridge, converted into a pedestrian and cycling bridge that incorporates a slope planted with pine trees. Among the unique bridges it is worth mentioning the Y-shaped bridge built with metal profile drawers, which evokes the language of the railway bridges of the 19C hanging on the forest gorges and the twin concrete bridges that are given access to the Matadero complex (see next post), projected as passage elements capable of also configuring a space that is entered, such as pavilions that gravitate on the river, but that truly belong to the park . It is worth mentioning the Pasarela de Almuñécar,  Puente Oblicuo (oblique),  Puente del Principado de Andorra, Puentes Cáscara (peels)  y Pasarela de la Princesa. The seven dams that regulate the river as it passes through the city have been restored and placed at the service of the new cross-pass system. Its mechanisms and levies have been repaired and an accessible wooden board and fish scale have been incorporated to favor the continuity of underwater fauna along the river. Incredibly beautiful!!!


Some webpages to help you plan your trip here and is a must to do so now!

City of Madrid on Madrid Rio

Tourist office of Madrid on Madrid Rio

Info and map of Madrid Rio in pdf file format : City of Madrid pdf file with info and map of Madrid Rio

Ok there you go, long but worth it me think. Hope you enjoy it as from Madrid to heaven and a hole in the sky to look down on it every day! Madrid Rio is it, I will be back!

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


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September 19, 2019

The Palacio de Cristal de Arganzuela ,Madrid of course!

And now taken you closer to the Manzanares river and mostly off the beaten path of my beloved Madrid. It is far from the center and best on foot as we did. Lovely area with many cultural and sporting activities for the whole family. Something different in Madrid.

Let me tell you a bit about the Palacio de Cristal de Arganzuela !

The Palacio de Cristal de Arganzuela or Crystal Palace is located on the premises of what was once part of the Municipal Slaughterhouse of Arganzuela and has an area of ​​7,100 m². It was popularly known as the Nave de Patatas or potato warehouse, and its large rectangular structure of steel profiles is preserved, which is used as a botanical museum with plants from various parts of the world. It is located on Paseo de la Chopera, next to the Manzanares River, the municipal slaughterhouse was built between 1908 and 1924 as Slaughterhouse and Municipal Cattle Market.


This museum greenhouse part has four closed areas creating four microclimates. Two of them house the most characteristic plants of the tropical climate, other those of the subtropical climate and the remaining one houses cacti and all the species related to the desert climate. All this exotic landscape is also surrounded by small fountains. Closed as a slaughterhouse in the early 80s, it currently houses various cultural units of the City of Madrid, as well as the headquarters of the Municipal Board of the District of Arganzuela.


In 1992 the conversion of the Nave de Patatas or potato warehouse was carried out. The Palacio de Cristal de Arganzuela opens on December 21, 1992. The palace is free to visit and its exterior is surrounded by gardens and swings.

The Crystal Palace Greenhouse, houses 9 000 species of plants that are presented in four perfectly differentiated biotopes, each with a different microclimate, housing four different kinds of plants: Tropical flora, Subtropical flora, Crass and cacti plants and Plants of cruise and water. But not only can you enjoy its many plants but the Greenhouse also houses fountains and waterfalls populated with fish and birds.


Next to the greenhouse until 2008 there was a Dalieda (outdoor garden dedicated only to dahlias, and the collection had more than three hundred varieties with about 3,000 copies), this space since 2012 and after the works of reconditioning of the environment with the Manzanares riverbank park (Madrid Rio), it has been reconditioned as an asphalted area for roller skating. Specimens of dahlias that were cultivated were distributed between the Real Jardines Botanico or Royal Botanical  Garden and the Dalieda of San Francisco (a peculiar park is known as “Las vistillas”, as is in the highest area of ​​Madrid of the Austria’s area, near Church San Francisco el Grande (posted already) and the views are privileged to the southeast of the city. Address: Gran Vía de San Francisco, 29).

Tourist office of Madrid on the Palacio de Cristal

City of Madrid long link but detail info in Spanish: City of Madrid on the Palacio de Cristal

There you go hope you enjoy something off the beaten path of my beloved Madrid, the Palacio de Cristal was nice different and in up and coming popular area of Madrid.

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


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September 19, 2019

Some news from France, CCXLV

So even thus not done with my beloved Madrid on my wonderfully enormous vacation back in August 2019; I need to switch gears and tell you something about my belle France! yes of course, we are all citizens of Planet Earth and Humans first of all! My weather here is sunny windy at 70F or about 21C while in my eternal Paris is sunny at 67F or about 18C. For kicks in my beloved Madrid is 87F or about 27C and cloudy right now.

Now let me tell you some bits of news from my belle France ok. Why not start with a bang on the 130th anniversary of the Eiffel tower!

The Tour Eiffel icone and symbol of Paris was built in two years, from 1887 to 1889,but it keeps a lot of secrets some will detail here briefly.

It could never have been born without the World Expo ; but the expiry of the 1889 World Expo, an exceptional showcase for all the discoveries of the time, forced the engineers to work twice as hard to built it.  Gustave Eiffel was not at the origin. It was two of his collaborators, Emile Nouguier and Maurice Koechlin, who imagine and designed the Tower. Once convinced, Eiffel will take a patent, with his two engineers.  The artists of the time were opposed to the project published in the newspaper Le Temps, in February 1887. It is signed by Charles Gounod, Guy de Maupassant, Charles Garnier, Victorien Sardou or Alexandre Dumas ,son. There was no death on the construction site, except … a worker, mounted outside working hours, to impress his girlfriend.  It must have been ephemeral. Eiffel first obtains a concession for twenty years. But in 1909, the engineer cannot bring himself to see his tower destroyed. It finances the first weather stations, installed at the top, makes tests with clocks and radio transmissions for the military authorities . Bet won. He obtained an extension of the concession until 1979.  It made it possible to foil a German attack in 1918. In the middle of World War I, the radio antennas of the Eiffel Tower capture an encrypted German message. It reveals that the imperial army is preparing to attack the French in the forest of Compiegne (Oise). The General Staff is warned and the assault foiled, in March 1918. It was from its summit that the first television programs were broadcast. In 1942, it broadcast live entertainment programs for troops, especially in hospitals where are treated wounded. There were then only a few hundred television sets throughout the country.  It is covered with 17 layers of paint. To protect the tower from corrosion, it must be painted. But painting is eroding and you have to go back every seven years on average. Problem: all this painting weighs 50 tons. A construction site should soon completely strip the monument, before repainting it with a lighter layer.Again!  It was assembled partly in Levallois-Perret. The Eiffel workshops were located in the city of dept 92 Hauts-de-Seine. The pieces were then placed on carts that crossed Paris to the Champ de Mars. A giant wind tunnel on the forecourt. Eiffel had a passion for aviation. He installs this device at the foot of the tower to test the resistance of aircraft structures. All the pioneers of the air force passed through this wind tunnel, transferred in 1912, in the 16éme of Paris.And voilà another angle on the lady of Paris, the Eiffel! More info here:

As mention briefly in previous post of a great discovered by luck, this painting of the 17C has been restored and now sits in the middle of the dresses of the first Parisian boutique of Oscar de la Renta, at 4, rue Marignan, just steps from the Champs-Elysees  8éme, which has just opened the first Parisian boutique Oscar de la Renta. On the floor of this luxury fashion house, where the welcome is particularly warm, you will discover in the living room of the wedding dresses the painting, dating from the 17C, one of the painters of the school of Charles-Le -Brun, close to the Sun King. A work of 6 meters long and 3 meters high, forgotten for a century behind a partition and found, by chance, on the site of restructuring of the premises.  The painting depicts Charles Marie François Olier, Marquis de Nointel, ambassador to Constantinople for Louis XIV. He had started a tour of the Middle East in 1673. He was then shown with his escort in front of Jerusalem. Riders are dressed in the fashion of the Grand Siècle. The walls, the mosque of Omar and the Wailing Wall are very distinctly visible in the distance. The spirit is orientalist and lush vegetation. The painter remains a scientific uncertainty. The mansion of 4, rue de Marignan would have belonged in 1850 to the banker Mosselman who installed the canvas in his living room. With time, the painting was walled up. But not miraculously destroyed. Today, it is visible to all … without any obligation to purchase one of Oscar de la Renta’s creations.! The store locator here:

The Opera Garnier ,9éme arrondissement has used the finest crafts to restore its original luster to the prestigious lodge. The Emperor’s lodge, built for Napoleon III, the patron of the prestigious Palais Garnier, located on the left of the stage and opposite that of the Empress, has regained its original brilliance. While “La Traviata” triumphs on the stage of the Paris Opera, the monumental lodge served by a staircase and preceded by a guard room, antechamber and lounges, proudly displays its magnificence. It was Mac Mahon who inaugurated it in 1875, Napoleon III had to go into exile five years before the end of the construction of the Palais Garnier. The project launched as part of a partnership for the 350th anniversary of the Opéra national de Paris. The original material chosen by Charles Garnier – in brocatelle, more precious than the damask reserved for other boxes – was reproduced identically by the Manufacture Prelle, silkers in Lyon since 1752. The curtains were sewn entirely by hand and the beech benches have been cleared, repaired and upholstered. The trimmings will be done in early 2020. To be seen next to my previous work office! More on the Opéra Garnier here:

Robbery at the Château Vaux-le-Vicomte where Patrice and Cristina de Vogüé, a couple who restored the luster of the castle. The 91-year-old count has owned the place since 1967. With his wife Cristina, they opened the site to the public a year later. The perpetrators acted before dawn. This morning, shortly after 4h (4AM), six burglars, hooded and gloved, have entered the castle of Vaux-Le Vicomte, Seine-et-Marne dept 77  through a window. The thugs surprised in their sleep the couple, tied them up before forcing them to give them the code of the safe. They seized jewelry and cash. The damage, being consolidated, would be around two million euros The Castle, meanwhile, remains open despite the robbery having taken place in a private wing. The wonderfully gorgeous official site here:

In total, there are 23 sites in Ile-de-France that will received this past Wednesday the label Heritage of Regional Interest. A  Selection  of my favorite places.

Built in 1920 on the plans of Clamart train station in the Hauts-de-Seine (92), Villennes-sur-Seine  (78) train station is known for its decoration and its large glass roof. It is also one of the rare examples of Art Nouveau train station in Île-de-France. I have taken this line several time and the town is very nice indeed not just the station. Official Transilien here:

This small train station located on line H of the Transilien network ,built in 1926, the train station of Saint-Leu-la-Forêt  (95) has been the subject of major restoration projects for 4 years. The exterior facades have been restored, as are the exterior carpentry and the Marquise. Another good looking transportation site. Official Transilien here:

A secret Chapel in Taverny (95).  Built in the mid-19C on the site of a former priory, this hidden chapel shelters 16 burials two meters below ground. Hidden in the middle of the fir trees. See the Chapelle de  Rohan-Chabot Chapel ,9, rue Jean-XXIII ,  Taverny ,Val d’Oise dept  95. A bit more in French at the dept site here:

The city of artists of the 15éme arrondissement of Paris built in 1902 by the famous sculptor Alfred Boucher, La Ruche is the only unknown place in Paris to benefit from the Heritage of Interest label. Today, the city of artists on the southern edge of Paris has become the passage de Dantzig.  A private place in which no visit is organized. It will be necessary to count on the kindness of a inhabitant to be able to penetrate there. Worth the try and the walk is very nice indeed. La Ruche , Passage de Dantzig 2, 15éme arrondissement of Paris. Official La Ruche here :

A brand new food festival arrives. In the program ? The best specialties straight from the Philippines. And as had the opportunity to visit this nice country  several times (see my posts) it is a great idea to do a food festival. Which will be on  October 6th,at the Point Ephémère. This day will celebrate the culinary specialties of the Philippines for a food festival of the most original. The association La Petite Manille  (Little Manila association) decided to remedy this, by creating the first event of its kind. This big festival will be centered around the Philippine cuisine but also around its culture. There will be tastings and something to delight all gourmands, but also shows, creative workshops and discovery, as well as DJ sets to dance until the end of the night. The festival is free for all. Food Festival Philippines, Point Ephémère, 200, quai de Valmy , 10éme On  Sunday, October 6, 2019 from 12h to 23h. Free admission . Official Point Ephemere site here:

A nice combination idea me think.  At the entrance of the store you have a second-hand clothings. From 80s sequined jackets to polka dot dresses from the 60s to classics from the’ 90s, all the epochs go on to dress up the most nostalgic. In the middle, a mini-hair salon, straight out of a movie, for those who would indulge in a scissors, neither seen nor known. In the background, surprise: a kitchen transformed into a canine-like tea room. The student canteen, the little ones come to buy second-hand clothes while drinking tea after school. L’Atypique, Friperie et Cantine, 46, rue Chanzy, 11éme Tel. : 06 36 97 53 79; Open  Monday – Friday from 11h30 to 19h, Saturday from 14h30 to 18h30. Facebook page on it:

And last but not least my town is in the news!! A Belgian air force F16 airplane crash off the d16 road between Landaul and Pluvigner on a wheat field of the village of Le Guernic chopping some section of a roof with people in the house! The two pilots were save even if one landed on high tension electrical cables of 250K volts! The F16 was on a routine training flight un armed from Florennes , Belgium to the naval base of Lann-Bihoué near Lorient (which also serves as a commercial airport). There is a security perimeter under investigation and the road D16 direction Landevant is closed. Well I live in the other direction so we are safe and sound and ready lol! More in French with pictures here: F16 Belgian Air Force plane crash near Pluvigner

Hope you enjoy the Some news from France posts, and thank you for reading. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

September 19, 2019

Museo de San Isidro Madrid of course!

And again on the Madrid beautiful trail of our recent visit. In continuing my “education” with my 3 young men sons I passed them by many places even myself have not been to lately , several years. One of them was the super historical Museo de San Isidro or St Isidore’s museum; this will remedy my forgetfulness!

The San Isidro Museum, or of the Origins of Madrid, (Museo de San Isidro o Origenes de Madrid)  is a cultural institution of the Madrid City Council, located in the Plaza de San Andrés, 2. It was inaugurated on May 15, 2000. The permanent collection comes mostly from the disappeared Archaeological Institute and the Municipal Museum of Madrid. It shows the history of the city from prehistory to the establishment of the Court through archaeological pieces, models and engravings.


The building, the so-called Casa de San Isidro, was a 16C palace, owned by the Lujanes family, built on the Vargas palace, masters of San Isidro Labrador (Patron Saint of Madrid) ,and Santa María de la Cabeza (his wife). Subsequently, the palace was occupied by the Apostolic Nuncio after the transfer of the Court to Madrid. Later, and until the 19C, the palace belonged to the counts of Paredes de Nava and, later, to the marquis of Peñafuente. In 1986 it was acquired by the Madrid City Council.

It has integrated original elements, such as the Chapel of San Isidro (built in the 16C in one of the places where tradition says that the saint lived and died), the well where the son of San Isidro felled , which was saved by the saint’s prayer, or the courtyard, with the shields of the Lujanes family.  The chapel was built in 1608, it was renovated in 1663 and then again between 1783 and 1789, when the current decoration dates back. The central oval represents the apotheosis of San Isidro, and in the vault of the nave two angels appear who hold a laurel wreath while two others present a band with the inscription: “I did dormivit in domino” (“Here he slept in the Lord” ), referring to the tradition according to which the saint died in this place. The altarpiece is from the 18C, painted wood imitating marble. A knitted arch houses a polychrome wooden sculpture that has been in the chapel since 1663. In addition to the well and the chapel, it is worth noting the reconstruction of the 16C Renaissance courtyard, which was dismantled by the ruin of the building, and that It has been rebuilt in part, being a unique piece next to the courtyard of the Imperial College on Calle de Toledo , with a very interesting perspective from its galleries, and a beautiful garden in the center.


In walking and seeing the museum you go thru several sections. The first section you can see which animals lived around the Manzanares and Jarama rivers before the arrival of man. Elephants, mammoths, rhinos and other extinct or missing species inhabited this area. The remains of the first settlers, ancestors of our species, are shown. They were hunters and gatherers as evidenced by some of the tools found in Madrid’s archaeological sites.

The second section of the San Isidro Museum is dedicated to the foundation of the city and its evolution until in the 16C when king  Felipe II moved his court to Madrid. The foundation of Madrid by the Muslims had a military character. A watchtower and a wall were the starting point of what is now the capital of Spain. Some of the pieces on display are from that era, such as jugs and other everyday objects. You can also see what a house was like inside then.


The third section of the Museum is dedicated to San Isidro itself. Here is the 17C Chapel, with an anonymous carving of the saint and the frescoes of Zacarías González Velázquez. In the sacristy you can know something about the life and miracles of San Isidro, which were many. In this part there is also the Well of the Miracle, star piece of the Museum. According to tradition, San Isidro saved his son from drowning , who had fallen into the well by accident. With his prayer he raised the water level to the brook to recover it.


The Renaissance Courtyard of the House of the Counts of Paredes is preserved in very good condition Inside pieces of Madrid monuments are stored, such as the bear and the dragon that served as pipes in the Cibeles Fountain. The Archaeobotanical Garden shows an exhibition of documented plants in medieval Madrid. One of the sides is formed by the gothic apse of the Bishop’s Chapel.  The Visitable Warehouse, in the basement, is an outstanding curiosity of the Museum. Save a large number of archaeological pieces that do not fit in the main exhibition, but organized so that they can be visited. They are more than a thousand pieces organized by cultural periods and exhibited in showcases.


In total 700 pieces are shown on the upper floors of the Museum and another 1,000 more in the basement’s visitable warehouse, of the total of more than 300,000 pieces of the museum funds!

Tourist office of Madrid on the San Isidro museum

City of Madrid monuments webpage :

There you go another dandy you should not missed while in Madrid to soak in the history of the city of my best souvenirs, enjoy the Museo de Sain Isidro as we did. This is Madrid !

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


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September 19, 2019

Real Jardin Botànico de Madrid!

Well well, I am not really into gardens lousy planter and sinusis problems all my life, but been around women who adores them and very much into it. Therefore, I have been to the Real Jardin Botànico de Madrid or the Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid since my early age living in the city.


And I have come back to show it to my dear late wife Martine who really really loves them. Now, I bring my young men sons around for a souvenir stop over. I have been there before with them and mother and written a piece in my blog which I show here: My previous post on the Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid

As written before and have webpages on the link above will just briefly touch base to add two more pictures to the garden’s collection in my blog.  Hope you enjoy it as it is in  a very popular area !

The Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid (Real Jardin Botanico de Madrid) is a research center of the Higher Council of Scientific Research. Founded by royal decree on October 17, 1755 in Madrid by King Fernando VI, at Migas Calientes, it was then ordered by King Carlos III at its current location, on the Paseo del Prado, more precisely at Plaza de Murillo , 2 near Prado Museum. This garden hosts, on three terraces, plants from Europe, but also from America and the Pacific. It is surrounded by walls and vegetation, the tranquility of this 8-hectare setting is appreciable in a heaven of peace.

The garden is divided into 3 terraces. The lowest terrace, called Cuadrados Terrace (square terrace) presents collections of endemic plants, medicinal, aromatic and a beautiful rose garden of ancient and primitive roses. Then, the terrace of Escuelas ( Schools terrace ), still as it was conceived in 1774, presents the plants according to the botanical classification of Karl von Linné, from the most primitive to the most evolved. The upper terrace, terrace Plano de la Flor (Flower Plains terrace), more of the 19C, more romantic, houses old and recent greenhouses.

The first collections of about 2000 species were constituted around 1755 , then in 1774, King Carlos III entrusted their implantation to the Prado. In 1788, the Dahlia, native of Mexico, is acclimatized for the first time in Europe. At this time, the garden distributes free medicinal plants to the population. Today the botanical garden contains more than 5000 species of plants.


There you go a space of tranquility in a noisy area of the Museum triangle. Enjoy the garden in my beloved Madrid. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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September 18, 2019

Church of San Andrés, Madrid of course!

Back to monuments and Madrid has plenty to keep you busy for a year or more. So much beauty in architecture and history in addition to great ambiance. Let me tell you about an important monument that should be on your list of things to see while in my beloved Madrid. I will tell you a bit on the Church of San Andrés (St Andrews).

The Church of San Andrés is located in the Plaza de San Andrés, 1, in the central neighborhood of La Latina. It is one of the oldest parishes in the city. The Hermandad de las Tres Caídas or Brotherhood of the Three Falls is based in this temple.


Little can be said with certainty of the primitive church, existing already at the end of the 12C and built perhaps on a site previously occupied by the early Christian church of Islamic Madrid, since the jurisdiction of San Andrés extended by what was the former Mudejar neighborhood, later Moreria (mix moors Christians). This temple was very frequented by Saint Isidro Labrador (Patron Saint of Madrid!) and Santa Maria de la Cabeza (his wife), parishioners of the parish in which the Saint was buried. Next to him stood the house of his master Iván de Vargas, on which the palace of the Marquises de Paredes was then built, now rebuilt and converted into a municipally owned museum (see later post). In it was the well, protagonist of one of the saint’s miracles, and a small chapel in the place where it was said that San Isidro had lived. The current church occupies what was the Chapel of San Isidro and a section of the rebuilt in the 17C.


After the canonization of San Isidro in 1622, and seeing the modesty of the temple in which his remains were deposited, the possibility of building a new one or to attach a chapel that was worthy of the patron of Madrid until its completion in 1669 was considered. San Isidro, saint of doubtful chronology, was buried in the cemetery at the foot of the primitive church of San Andrés, until in 1212, growing his reputation for holiness, he was exhumed and visited by King Alfonso VIII, who seeing the body incorrupt he recognized in him the pastor who had guided him in the battle of Las Navas de Tolosa. For this reason the king himself would have built the famous wooden ark covered with leather with gothic paintings. In 1620 it was replaced by another of gold, silver and bronze, given by the guild of silversmiths. When the church was rebuilt in the mid-17C and changed its orientation, the primitive cemetery was under the presbytery, indicating the exact place where the patron of Madrid had been buried.


After the expulsion of the Jesuits in 1767, the ark of San Isidro (replaced by an image of the Saint Isidro Carnicero) was transferred to what had been the church of the Imperial College, transformed into Collegiate Church of San Isidro, (see that post) and with it they took ten sculptures of holy laborers. It was set on fire in 1936 at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War (by Republicans troops), losing all its works of art and saving only the outside, except the image of the saint. Its interior was rebuilt between 1986-90. None of the works of art that were inside were preserved. It currently serves as the parish of San Andrés.

Tourist office of Madrid on Church San Andrés

And there you go another dandy to see huh! And the square is very quant and gorgeous architecture and history all around it as well as nice places for a drink or tapas! Enjoy the Plaza de San Andrés and the Church of San Andrés in my beloved Madrid!

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


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September 18, 2019

Cutural center and theater in Madrid!

Back on the trail in my walks of my beloved Madrid. So much to see but we are lugging alone to see as much as possible with my 3 young men sons in tow! This is a nice combination that I group in this post.  I like to tell you about an all time favorite theater and an off the beaten path cultural local center right by Madrid Rio (more of this later).

Let me tell you a bit on the Teatro de La Latina theater and the Casa del Reloj cultural center!  In Madrid, of course!!!

The theater or Teatro de La Latina is located in the Plaza de la Cebada ,in the neighborhood of the Barrio de La Latina. It has been one of the most important stages for the representation of comedy and reviews in the history of the theater of Spain throughout the 20C. It owes its name to Beatriz Galindo, la Latina, a 15C Castilian writer.


A bit of brief history of the long one of this wonderful theater one of the few that I have attended over the previous years.

This Madrid theater of La Latina was created in the first decade of the 20C by the Juan Lafora Calatayud antique dealer, from a cinema built on the grounds of an old hospital. In the theater, baptized under the pseudonym of Beatriz Galindo, La Latina.

At the time of Luis Díez, (1947-62), the author and entrepreneur, carried his Great reviews company, Head of the La Latina Theater. In 1964, the shrewd magazine entrepreneur Matías Colsada, who had since 1956 the Apollo Theater of Barcelona, ​​rents the Madrid Theater La Latina. Undoubtedly, Colsada, is the one who fully exploits the room and the billboard of one of the most popular theaters in Madrid. Until in 1977 it had become an old hut about to disappear.!

Lina Morgan, who triumphed at the Barceló in Madrid, aware of the resounding disappearance of the Theater of her dreams, that of her triumphs, that of her beginnings and the one who saw her be born, decides, with the help of her brother José Luis to buy that hut that was far from the palace of the reviews of Colsada. First they rented it and then bought it. It wouldn’t be until 1983 when they acquired it. After its restoration in 1984 of the whole Theater, where Lina Morgan demanded the architect that in the dressing rooms there were bathrooms, showers and sofas to rest, Comedy companies enter. In 2005, Lina Morgan, owner of the theater, associated with producer José Luis Moreno, to exploit and turn the Teatro de La Latina around as the theater of Madrid par excellence. A contract that lasts two years and where they schedule a Zarzuelas cycle. in La Latina it was the concert Fall in love with me by Isabel Pantoja (great Spanish singer one of my favorites!), who during the 13 only performances absolutely filled the theater, although she had to suspend the last three.

Since 2007, Lina Morgan has once again directed the theater and the shows. Great actors have passed through the Teatro de La Latina theater: almost the entire Spanish Theater of the 20C and 21C!!!. In June 2010 the actress sold the theater to the company Focus-Penta S.L formed by the Catalan Focus group and the Madrileña Pentación shows.

Official Teatro de La Latina

Tourist office of Madrid on Teatro de La Latina

The so-called Casa del Reloj  (clock house) was formerly the Pavilion of Central Services of the Slaughterhouse and Municipal Market of Livestock of Madrid. It is located in the district of Arganzuela on Paseo de la Chopera 6 to 10. It is currently the Casa del Reloj Cultural Center, as well as the Municipal Board of the District of Arganzuela.


The former slaughterhouse and cattle market was built between 1908 and 1928, commissioned by the City Council. In 1982, the headquarters of the Municipal Board of Arganzuela were transferred to La Casa del Reloj. Their dependencies are enabled to provide services for a nursing home. There are cultural events here of local interest in 2 exhibition halls Auditorium with capacity of 265 persons,  15 classrooms and the Nave de Terneras (big hall for exhibitions in the old calves warehouse) . You get here on Metro Legazpi  lines 3, and 6 and  Bus lines  62, 6, 78, and 148. We arrive walking along Madrid Rio (more later).


Tourist office of Madrid on the Casa del Reloj

And there you go two wonderful cultural centers to visit and soak the culture of my Madrid, Spain. Especially I must say you should not missed a show at the Teatro de La Latina! In Madrid of course!!!

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



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September 18, 2019

Cinemas, theater and Lottery! Madrid of course!

And moving right along on my sublime visit to my beloved Madrid and a supercharge charge for the rest of the year I come to you back with some artsy places of old that still looks good. I will go brief because the idea is for you to see them and enjoy them as much as my family has over the years. Let me tell you a bit on the Cines Callao, Cine Capitol, Theater Alcazar and the lottery master Doña Manolita!

The Cines Callao cinema is located in the Plaza del Callao, built in 1926. It is next to the Carrión building, separated from it by the Calle Jacometrezo street. The building was inaugurated as a movie theater on December 11, 1926, broadcasting the movie Luis Candelas, the bandit of Madrid. Together with the cinemas of the Palacio de la Prensa they form Callao City Lights. These cinemas host numerous premieres, and other events.

The building presents academic tendencies with a certain Spanish neo-baroque aftertaste and in its interior decoration Viennese and Art Deco suggestions. Its terrace is designed to broadcast outdoor film sessions. The basement of the building was thought to house a Café or Cabaret, although later it was adapted to the old Xenon nightclub, now closed.

Currently two large digital screens hide elements of its facades, such as three large windows and some oculus. Some sculptures and other original decorative elements, which can be seen in old photographs, have also disappeared. Its corner is crowned by a tower as a lighthouse. On June 13, 1929, the first sound and spoken film released in Spain was screened in this cinema: The jazz singer.

Official Cines Callao


The Cine Capitol cinema is a movie theater located on Gran Vía nº 41. Located in the Carrión building (sometimes called the Capitol building). It was inaugurated on December 2, 1933.

Inside, the marble elements stood out. Outside, the marble, the polished granite, the blue stone of Murcia are combined at the entrance. During the Spanish Civil War, Soviet films were distributed, the first Russian film distributed by Film Popular was The Sailors of Kronstadt (1936) by Russian director Yefim Dzigan, which was released in the rooms of the Capitol cinema on October 18, 1936.

Official Cine Capitol Gran Via


The  Teatro Alcazar theater (formerly called Palacio de los Recreos or recreation palace and Teatro Alkázar theater) is a theater hall on Calle de Alcalá 20 inaugurated in 1925, on the ruins of the old Trianón Palace.

The luxurious theater was inaugurated on January 27, 1925 with the performances of the operetta Madame Pompadour of Leo Fall and capacity for more than eight hundred spectators. Although much of its history has been linked to the genre of the Spanish music reviews (with divas such as Celia Gámez, Lina Morgan or Esperanza Roy), at the beginning of the thirties it functioned as a movie theater, being one of the first rooms that incorporated sound projector. In 2012, the Teatro Alcazar was renamed the Teatro Cofidis Alcazar for its sponsor.

Official Teatro Cofidis Alcazar

Tourist office of Madrid on the Teatro Cofidis Alcazar



Doña Manolita is a lottery management business (number 67) located now at Calle del Carmen 22, probably the most famous in all of Spain. Doña Manolita began her activity in 1904 on Calle de San Bernardo street . Her founders were Manuela de Pablo popularly known as Doña Manolita, who gave her name to the business, and her three sisters

The establishment soon gained enormous popularity, for the amount of awards distributed, among the students of the then neighboring Central University of Madrid. Her fame would spread later throughout the city and Doña Manolita became one of the most popular characters of the moment.

In July 1931 it moved to the Puerta del Sol and Gran Vía 31 after the death of Doña Manolita, the headquarters of the Puerta del Sol, on the corner of Calle del  Arenal street, with the name of Doña Manolita’s it passed to her sister Carmen, who in turn bequeathed to her son to be finally sold to another family in 1987. The headquarters of Gran Vía has been maintained until 2011, when the administration announced its transfer to neighboring Calle del Carmen.

Because it is based on superstition and popular culture, many consider it as a true symbol of the city of Madrid. It has even been mentioned in literary works and songs by famous Spanish performers such as Joaquín Sabina, in his theme A la sombra de un león or In the shadow of a lion (1986 ) or Concha Piquer, en Mañana sale or in Tomorrow it leaves (1958) and its name evokes Madrid’s Christmas parties The current owner is Juan Luis de Castillejo and Bermúdez de Castro, Conde de Cabrillas.

Official Dona Manolita Lottery

Tourist office of Madrid on the Dona Manolita lottery


And there you go plenty of places for fun no matter what your inclinations Madrid has it and has it good. Well we play the lottery but did not win again!!! You need to play to win so we will try again soon. Enjoy the Madrid scene and move on!

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

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