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April 1, 2023

Some news from Spain, CXLVI 

This is yours truly with another episode of some news from Spain !!! thanks to you all. There is lots of things going on in my beloved Spain, and we are in Spring !! I am eagerly looking forward to be back to Spain too !! Let me tell you the latest tidbits of news chosen by yours truly, By the way CXLVI is old Roman for 146, Enjoy it as Spain is everything under the Sun!

The Prado Museum raises the number of works in its funds from seizures to 70. The provenance of 12 paintings with names and surnames or specific origin has been identified: Pedro Rico, the Yebes Church in Guadalajara, the Marquis of Villalonga or the Lázaro Collection Galdiano, You could add 7 medals entered in 1936 from the Retiro Exhibition Center and 89 drawings deposited in 1971 by the Ministry of Education and Science, without reference to an owner, which are in the process of investigation, It is important, to contextualize historically these deliveries, to clearly differentiate between the works sent for conservation to the warehouses of the Prado and Modern Art museums by the Republican Artistic Treasury Board during the war and those assigned on deposit to both museums by the Francoist Heritage Defense Service in the postwar, To be continue all these museums in Europe have a lot of lard in them …

The Film Academy changes pace. This past Thursday 30 March 2023, it has announced the venues for the next two editions of the Goya Awards, something unprecedented in its entire history. Thus, Valladolid will host the 2024 Goya gala, which will be held in February at the city’s fairgrounds. And by 2025, the awards will return to Andalusia, to Granada, after the 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2022 editions in Malaga and Seville.

The Opera Gallery, founded in 1994 has announced its exclusive and international representation of the heritage of Juan Genovés. The gallery will open its headquarters in Madrid on May 12 2023 at no 56 Calle Serrano. It will do so with ‘Loving Picasso’, a collective exhibition around the artist from Malaga, his influence in the 20C, This adds to the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of his death. In addition to a dozen works by the artist from Malaga, names such as Miró, Chagall, Saura, Soulages, Barceló or Botero will be present, present with a portrait of Picasso made from a photograph by Brassaï. The new gallery occupies a space of around a thousand square meters with three floors, located in luxury districts and everything is taken care of in detail. In France, for example, it is located on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré , Juan Genovés shared the same nonconformity as Goya, denouncing and confronting the established power, Webpage:

The province of Burgos is presented as a green paradise with boiling fantasy waterfalls that are worth discovering. Orbaneja del Castillo one of the towns of the Valle de Sedano and forming part of the Hoces del Alto Ebro and Rudrón Natural Park, is this town whose ambient music is the sound of water that gushes from the Cueva del Agua, at the base of the rocky circus that protect the homestead. Through this cavity, which served as a refuge for many residents during the Spanish Civil War, the groundwater from a huge aquifer located in the subsoil of the Bricia páramo has its natural outlet. This can be visited with a guide during the summer months and on weekends. From here the waters rush about 25 meters and divide the urban area, which is built on narrow terraces of tuff stone -a material that is very present in its buildings-, in two parts: Puebla and Villa. Some of the most unique buildings in this corner are the Casa de los Canes, named after having reused Romanesque corbels in its decoration; the Casa de los Pobres , an old hospital from the 16C that has a wooden portico and an elegant tufa stone framework; a strong house that could have belonged to the Marquises of Aguilar and which is located on a rocky breakwater, at the top of the town, and the Romanesque-style Church of Santa María, with a tower that stands out among the vegetation. Nor should you miss the beautiful pools with crystal clear turquoise waters that form in the lower part and that complete the beautiful image of the town. Romanesque corbels in its decoration; and a tower that stands out among the vegetation. Webpage:

The Museo del Videojuego or Video Game Museum is identified with two zeros or two circles divided by an x: OXO. And it makes sense because it is the way to honor the first game conceived by a computer in history. It occurred to Alexander Douglas at the University of Cambridge (1952). And he wanted to remember the tic tac toe. That it was invented in Persia a millennium ago and that it is disputed in all cultures and civilizations. It opened at the beginning of the year in the center of Màlaga and commemorates the prodigious relationship between technology and homo ludens, although the prehistory of video games is as recent as 1972. The year coincides with the commercialization of Pong. A fairly elementary game that translated or simplified the expectation of a tennis match with no more resources than a ball, two sticks as a racket, a dividing line and two controllers connected to the black and white monitor. 2,000 devices went on the market. And they represented the origin of an audiovisual industry whose impact has transformed leisure and culture. There is a copy of Pong in the Video Game Museum. And it stands out in the patrimonial wing of the Malaga institution, next to the showcases of the first consoles, none as popular or sophisticated as the Atari. Not to mention when the machines that the Malaga museum has assembled Pac Man, flies, Tetris were part of the adolescent , and not so adolescent habits of lounges and billiards. webpage:

Enjoy Jardines, the new creation of ImproMadrid at the Teatro Infanta Isabel, Calle del Barquillo, 24 Madrid, Five characters, through a battery of questions, interrogate the public about love, time, fear, their present and memories. After the questions, there are brief interviews carried out with five volunteers  from the public attending the function. Based on their answers,  the five protagonists  imagine and  recreate possible  unique and original theatrical scenes, based  on these  interviews.  Thursday April 13 2023  at 21h30.   webpage :

Last week March 2023 ,the International Cider Summit Asturies took place in Gijón, a congress and festival around cider. One of those that could be tasted was Pomarina, a sparkling natural cider. For its preparation, a mixture of local apple varieties such as Durona de Tresali, Raxao, De la Riega, Verdialona and Regona from their own farms is used. Before pressing, a cold maceration is carried out for 12 hours, which allows obtaining a must with greater aromatic richness and structure. The second fermentation, responsible for the carbon dioxide present in the bottle, is carried out in pressurized tanks, using the sparkling method called Charmat. Bodega El Gaitero.webpage:

The highest Roman dam of the Roman Empire is in Spain ,Go to Almonacid de la Cuba, Zaragoza province, for the highest Roman dam of the Roman Empire , More than 34 meters of irregular wall have cut the Aguasvivas river since the heyday of the Roman Empire. The La Cuba dam, colloquially called like that, has a length of 120 meters and a width of 27 meters. This, together with its height, allows it to house six cubic hectometers of water, the annual consumption of a population of about 90,000 people. To learn about the history of the dam through a walkway route that allows you to learn about the infrastructure and history of the dam. dam, the natural environment, as well as other heritage elements such as the restored 13C flour mill In addition to the Roman dam and its visits, the City Council encourages visitors to discover its heritage by strolling through its cozy corners and narrow streets of Muslim origin that lead in the direction of the river and the remains of the castle, leaving the church and its imposing square in the center. Muslim remains such as the Moorish tower or the Mudejar tower coexist with churches such as Santa María la Mayor or peri-urban hermitages such as San Jorge, the Virgen de las Nieves or Los Dolores. Awesome ! webpage:

The pleasures of Logroño, the discreet, fun and delicious capital of wine and tapas, The capital of La Rioja is a city without great fanfare, neither too big nor too small, without great architectural symbols or tourist icons of those that cross borders. But looking closely, the traveler can appreciate elegant modernist buildings, porticoed streets, green spaces embracing the city and even pilgrims crossing the medieval streets of the small historical town. The streets of the historic center form a labyrinth in the shadow of majestic monuments, such as the Co-Cathedral of Santa María or its oldest churches, although they remain overshadowed by the claim of bars and restaurants that display the typical regional cuisine. And here and there, there is always something to pay attention to: a museum, a monument, a shady square, an arcaded street… or a game of the giant goose in the Plaza de Santiago. It is at a strategic point between Zaragoza, the Basque Country, the north of Castilla y León and Navarra and is an essential stop on the Camino de Santiago. There are plenty of reasons to stop in the city of wine. The Church of Santiago el Real. It is considered to be the oldest temple in the city, although today it sports a grandiose Renaissance structure. Calle Ruavieja is one of the most beautiful in Logroño, the gateway to the Jacobean route, where the pilgrims’ hostel is also located today. Nine of them are currently preserved; the best known is the Calado de San Gregorio, from the 17C. Also medieval and very old is the Romanesque Church of San Bartolomé, with a striking façade and an unusual Mudejar-style tower. Its construction dates back to the 12C, although its façade, a masterpiece of Gothic sculpture, was finished three centuries later. And very close to there is the third of the great churches , the Church of Santa María de Palacio, with a curious octagonal and pointed dome, known as La Aguja, which is one of the symbols of Logroño. The best is inside: the magnificent altarpiece of the main altar. he Plaza de la Oca, in the surroundings of the Church of Santiago, a small square well known to pilgrims heading to Santiago de Compostela. On its floor is a game of the giant goose whose 64 squares are illustrated with milestones of the Camino. The Co-Cathedral of Santa María la Redonda does not have a medieval appearance because, although construction began in the 9C, it was remodeled on many occasions. Its twin towers on the façade have risen above the city since the 18C, with their baroque style, framing the carved doorway. Inside, the people of Logroño boast of having a work attributed to Michelangelo: a small canvas guarded in the ambulatory, a Crucifixion known as the Calvary of La Rioja. And already heading west, on the way to Santiago, at the Puerta Revellín gate, the people of Logroño stop to tell you about its importance: for them it is one of their emblems. It is a gateway to the old city and one of the few remains of the old walls, specifically one of the towers. Its name will be in diminutive, but not its historical and monumental value. What is international is the fame of the tapas area of Logroño: the famous Calle Laurel and other nearby ones, such as those of San Juan or San Agustín, because so many bars and so many good pinchos do not fit in a single street. It is what is known as “the path of the elephants”, because everyone comes out of the trunk. There are almost 70 bars, each one with its specialty, so you have no choice but to choose. And as for museums, perhaps you should look at the Museo de La Rioja in the Espartero palace, a baroque building where this general of Queen Elizabeth II retired to live out his retirement. There are three floors of archaeological and artistic collections. It is also worth taking a trip to an exceptional art museum showcasing the impressive Würth collection of contemporary art, in an industrial estate on the outskirts of Logroño, in Agoncillo. Webpage:;rdf:type=attraction&attraction;harmonise:city@@@harmonise:name=logro%C3%B1o

In Spain, many of the most curious traditions in the world are celebrated around the days of Holy Week, either in the religious sphere or in popular folklore. Throwing dishes out of the window, dressing as a skeleton or practicing rituals that are more than 500 years old. The Holy Week of Bercianos de Aliste, in Zamora province, brings together hundreds of people each year to relive the Passion and Death of Christ with a ritual that has 500 years of history. In it, the brothers accompany the representation of the Crucified Christ and the Sorrowful Virgin, dressed in the white linen tunics with which they will be shrouded in their burial, while the Miserere is heard in the background. An experience that transports you to another era. Seafaring Holy Week is a deeply rooted tradition in the Grau, Canyamelar and Cabañal neighborhoods of Valencia. During the Easter Vigil and coinciding with the beginning of the Gloria procession, the Trencà de perols takes place. At midnight, the neighbors throw cups, plates, old pieces of crockery and water from their balconies, while the bells of all the churches ring. In this way, they celebrate the resurrection of Christ, getting rid of the old to make way for the new, in other words, leaving behind the bad to receive the good. All wonderful ! General Holy Week Spain webpage:

In the culinary news, the role of a dessert, the most consumed and elaborated during these days, of Easter is unquestionable: the Torrijas or French toast (pain perdu). Some of my favorites over the years have been these:

Made with a double fermentation brioche bread to which a high percentage of chocolate has been added, the gold toast with raspberry crunch has been named the Best Torrija in Madrid 2023. This has occurred in the VI Contest organized by the Association de Pasteleros de Madrid (ASEMPAS), Viena Capellanes also has the classic milk toast with cinnamon and lemon aroma, as well as sliced and prepared bread for those who want to make them to their liking in their kitchens. Calle Bordadores , 9 webpage:

The utmost care and the best results are guaranteed at Pastelería Mallorca, thanks to more than six decades of making this traditional sweet. the traditional version, a second option. It is a version of French toast with croissant bread and finished to taste with Madagascar vanilla cream. Accompanied by a fine vanilla cream, the croissant bread is made from a laminated dough with butter, which is individually and manually cut removing the rinds 3cm thick, and soaked in milk infused with vanilla pods. fresh. Calle Serrano, 6 Webpage:

Made with bonbon bread due to its abundant crumb and easier milk absorption infused with cinnamon sticks and lemon peel, the Horno de San Onofre is one of the most classic and traditional pastry shops in the capital. Calle de San Onofre, 3. Webpage:

In the heart of Puerta del Sol is La Mallorquina, one of the most famous and iconic pastry shops in Madrid. Its French toast, like the rest of its products, are the result of tradition and the most classic of recipes. After cutting the slices by hand, they are bathed in milk flavored with cinnamon and natural lemon zest; soft-boiled; and finally covered with sugar and cinnamon. Puerta del Sol, 8. Webpage:

In 1914, La Duquesita opened its doors on Calle Fernando VI street. Four generations later, the space reached one hundred years of history, faithful to its sweet and artisan desserts. Its French toast maintains its original recipe, with artisan bread infused with milk, vanilla pods, orange and lemon peels, and cinnamon sticks. In addition to this, this year the confectionery has included a novelty: a dessert made from the traditional recipe that incorporates ginger and a thin layer of white chocolate Calle de Fernando VI, 2. webpage:

It is hidden in a tiny and not very crowded Madrid street parallel to Goya, between Príncipe de Vergara and General Pardiñas,streets, It has not been lavished much on social networks, they have never invited influencers to promote it and its two owners have avoided campaigns from the beginning of communication to put their business in the limelight. It’s not like they needed it either. La Bistroteca has been one of the essential places in Madrid for lovers of good hamburgers since it opened seven years ago. was chosen as the Best Burger in Spain in 2021. To get a table on weekends in any of the two very small places that the brand has you have to reserve almost two months in advance ! The locations are calle General Pardiñas, 10, and Calle Espartinas 7, Madrid Webpage :

The award-winning Basque chef Martin Berasategui enters Madrid in style with his new project at the emblematic Club Allard. In the coming weeks, a ‘txoco‘ with skewers and portions will also open in Madrid, The historic restaurant in the stately Casa Gallardo building , Calle Ferraz, 2 reopens its kitchen with the multi-laureate chef (12 Michelin stars spread over his 13 projects) at the helm , The expectation is maximum and, before its opening on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 there had already been more than 150 reservations for lunch or dinner at the Club Allard , The second business that the chef refers to, also from the Club Allard , is the opening in the coming weeks of Madrí Madre, a tribute to my origins. It will be a txoko-type tavern, more informal and where you can taste skewers and portions. Not definite but hear will be close to the Club Allard. Also, the chef is awaiting the finish on the Santiago Bernabeu stadium as I … webpage:

Essentia’s schedule is smoking these days. With Easter on the horizon, this restaurant located in a polygon in Tarancón ,Cuenca province has become a must-stop for those coming or going to Levante ( Valencia area) Located at exit 79 of the A-3, highway (my lately road in Spain) it opened its doors in 2016 from the beginning of the roadmap for the Loriente family, who are behind this project that since then has only grown, both in terms of space (it already has 15,000 square meters, including a boutique hotel) and recognition (they already have a Repsol Sun) fame came to them for their extraordinary meats. Specifically, for the Finnish cow, which was chosen in 2019 as the Best Beef in the World. It is an extremely tender and tasty meat that comes from the Ayrshire breed; then Essentia was one of the two restaurants in Spain that offered it on the menu. The Hotel Ansares (four stars) and its 70 rooms allow you to rest and prolong the experience. Life revolves around a typical Castilian patio and, in addition to careful decoration – works of art and antiques brought from Asia abound , and luxury materials (such as recycled natural wood, limestone from the Roda area ,etc ), have technological innovations common in five-star establishments. Do not forget to try your spa to have the best experience .Essentia, Avda. de Adolfo Suárez, 30. Tarancón, Cuenca / Autovía A-3, km 79.Webpage :

There you go folks, another dandy tour of my beloved Spain ! We are in Spring !!; just enjoying our veranda again, even with a bit of rain. Time to enjoy my some news from Spain  once again, and we are gear up for it! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

March 22, 2023

Some news from Spain, CXLV

This is yours truly with another episode of some news from Spain !!! thanks to you all. There is lots of things going on in my beloved Spain, and we are in Spring !! I am eagerly looking forward to be back to Spain too !! Let me tell you the latest tidbits of news chosen by yours truly, By the way CXLV is old Roman for 145, Enjoy it as Spain is everything under the Sun!

In the Sacristy of the Cabezas (Heads),in the Cathedral Santa Maria is in Renaissance style, the visitor will feel observed by more than 300 highly expressive heads, whose design is due to Alonso de Covarrubias,This is a must to see in Sigüenza, province of Guadalajara in the Autonomous Community of Castilla la Mancha, webpage :

The towns of Almedinilla, Cabra and Iznájar, in Cordoba’s Subbética, which since 2018 have been part of the ‘Magical Towns of Spain’ club , a select club of more than 100 charming towns created by the Institute for Local Development and Social Studies , are the protagonists of the new route known as the ‘Subbética Mágica’, an itinerary that brings the traveler closer to the monuments, landscapes, traditions, gastronomy, art and history of these three corners of Andalusia.

The tour begins in Almedinilla, Plaza de los Cuatro Caños, a meeting point for its neighbors, Calle Ramón y Cajal street, narrow and with a rich smell of orange blossom, or the neighborhood of Puente, the visitor can discover some of its most outstanding monuments. Among them, the Clock Tower, a building dating from the Second Republic and whose brick structure crowned by green tiles is visible from any point in the town, or the San Juan Bautista Parish Church, whose current appearance, in which a sober façade with a gabled roof, a central osculum and a belfry on the left side, with three sections and a presbytery, dates from 1978. Of the old church built in 1769, only the ashlars remain, the Historical-Archaeological Museum.

Located at the foot of the Sierra de Albayate in a natural area of environmental interest and singular beauty, and the Roman villa ‘El Ruedo’, which dates from the 1C to the 7C. and which has one of the most complete surfaces of those existing in the Iberian Peninsula is Cabra, a town with a great monumental heritage originating, for the most part, from the Baroque. Its historic center is presided over by walls and by the castle of the Counts of Cabra, a fortress of Arab origin rebuilt from the 14C on, of which crenellated walls, the parade ground and corner towers are preserved, highlighting the keep of 20 meters high. Walking through its streets allows you to discover unique corners of the Cordovan and Andalusian Baroque, such as the Convento de las Angustias founded in 1697, a sober temple with a single nave divided into four sections whose main altar is covered by a hemispherical dome on pendentives;, the church of San Juan de Dios, in which its beautiful altarpieces stand out, and that of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción y los Ángeles, which was built by the Calatrava brothers on an old Muslim mosque and in which the mayor altarpiece stands out. with the Oil Museum, the Círculo de la Amistad, a former convent-hospital of the Order of San Juan de Dios that preserves all the 19C flavor of this type of institution and one of the most beautiful courtyards in the south of Córdoba, and Cabra Jurastica or Jurassic Cabra , a museum that contains one of the best samples of ammonite fossils in all of Spain.

Iznájar, in the highest part of the town, in the neighborhood of La Villa, is the castle, a building that began to be erected in the middle of the 8C, probably by Hispano-Gothic builders, but whose current plan was configured in the 10C. Having seen this, it is time to discover its list of essentials that includes the Patio de las Comedias, where the famous Rincón del Beso is located, the Church of San José, which dates from the 17C although it has been considerably remodeled later, the Parish Church of Santiago Apóstol , developed in the Renaissance period, between 1547 and 1638, in which its great bell tower and the frescoes that decorate its walls stand out, the Casa de las Columnas, a historic house from the 18C that housed the former administration of the Counts of Albi, and the Municipal Library, a building that served as a grain store and which preserves its original structure and the arches inside.

The Andalucia region tourist office on Subbética Màgica as above:

Every year, Skytrax publishes its list of the 20 best airports in the world , And at no 10 we have Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport !!. Others on the list that I have passed are 1 Changi (Singapore). 5 Charles de Gaulle (Paris ,and you tell me is difficult!). 6 Zurich (Switzerland). 13 Rome Fiumicino (Italy). 17 Dubai (United Arab Emirates). and 18 Seattle-Tacoma (United States). Of the twenty best airports in the world, 9 are in Europe and 8 in Asia, which shows where more investment is made in these infrastructures. Webpage:

When the 84th anniversary of his death in exile in Collioure (France) had just passed, last February 22,2023 , the discovery of a possible unpublished poem brings Antonio Machado back to the present day. The manuscript has been found in the Zugazaga Fund, one of the archives kept by the Fernán González Institution, located in Burgos. The verification is on , but it seems like an unpublished discard from Campos de Castilla, a work published in 1912 that includes the Alexandrian verses (of 14 syllables each) of the poem, entitled Las viejas de Castilla. To set the context, Antonio Machado had arrived in Soria in 1907, where he had obtained the chair of French. There he probably wrote this poem.The writer remained in the Castilian city until the autumn of 1912, when he requested a transfer to Baeza (Jaén) after the death of his wife, Leonor, on August 1 of that year due to tuberculosis. The manuscript has been found among the documentation that was the property of José María Zugazaga Marina, who was the secretary of Manuel Machado, Antonio’s brother. Great find indeed, webpage:

The MadRural project covers the most natural, green and wild face of the region through its four regions: Las Vegas and La Alcarria, Sierra Oeste, Norte and Guadarrama. The problem is that many travelers stay on the city limits of Madrid without delve into its four regions: Sierra Norte, Sierra Oeste, Sierra de Guadarrama and Las Vegas and La Alcarria. There is work as elsewhere to move visitors from City centers to these perfect rural destinations to experience slow travel, cultural activities, nature, gastronomy etc. For this reason, they have all come together under one umbrella, MadRural, a project that brings together the tourist offer in the region under Madrid that you don’t expect. The MadRural project was born as a uniter of the rural tourist offer of the Community through a tour of its four regions. The destinations of Las Vegas and Alcarria, Sierra Oeste and Sierra Norte They were the first to join the initiative, followed by the Sierra de Guadarrama. Webpage:

At the foot of the Sierra de Guadarrama where several cattle ranches invite the visitor to meet the fighting bull and its breeding in its privileged environment. You don’t have to be a bullfighter to enjoy it. The El Retamar cattle ranch, in Becerril de la Sierra, breeds its bulls to fight in the most regal squares. It is small, about 350 heads, but it has the singularity that in that beautiful farm called Las Tejoneras lives the fighting bull with the Iberian pig in freedom , For the experience an old convertible military truck awaits us and the company of the mayoral, Matías, who knows better than anyone the handling of these “athletes than when they go out they have to give it their all in 20 minutes”. In these 60 hectares of holm oaks and junipers, as in all fighting bull ranches, the animals are divided by age. There are 163 mother cows and their yearlings, etc one, two and three years old respectively, each in their own enclosure. The numeral, that is, the cattle year branded on the skin, tells us the year of birth. The calving begins in October and ends in May, so many six and seven month old steers are seen running around these days. The raid on the cattle ranch lasts about an hour and a half on dirt roads, dodging trees and rocks and opening and closing fences. There is no better way to learn about the breeding of this impressive animal and see how they are gaining strength until their appointment in front of the laying. A key moment of the fighting bull is the temptation and that is precisely the finishing touch of the tourist visit. In the tentadero is where all the activity of the farm converges: the corrals and the square. La tempta is the laboratory of bravery, where livestock experts test the virtues of the animal for fighting. For the most fans, El Retamar offers to attend bullfighting classes, bullfighting classes and other bullfighting activities. It is not the only Madrid farm that does so. In the region there are about 15 fighting bull farms that can be visited. A privileged window into the breeding of this unique animal and the beautiful Madrid meadow . Webpage:

Javier Kirschner , after three years of planning, he fulfilled his dream of creating something original and nothing like what was already on the market, and in 2019, Döggo was born. and financing through a crowdfunding among 29 friends, he opened the first restaurant in Madrid specializing in hot dogs in which the sausage does not appear anywhere. Four starters, eight hot dogs, two desserts and eight cocktails make up Döggo’s small menu The sausages have been replaced by meatballs, duck, king prawns, salmon or shredded beef or pork, seasoned with spices ground by them and completely homemade and natural sauces , Branches at calle Juan de Austria, 25 (Madrid) and Atenas, 2 (Pozuelo de Alarcón) . The brand plans to open a dog stand in a few months in a market that will open soon near Plaza de Castilla, in Madrid, where delivery will work . Webpage :

There you go folks, another dandy tour of my beloved Spain ! We are in Spring !!; just enjoying our veranda and homey again. Time to enjoy my some news from Spain  once again, and we are gear up for it! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

March 20, 2023

The Real Café Bernabeu of Madrid !!!

Ok so you come to Madrid to see its wonderful monuments/museums etc , Do yourselves a favor and stop by the Santiago Bernabeu stadium and indulge for a lunch or dinner at the Real Café Bernabeu, the temple. Of course, this is a must for me when in town and many memorable moments with the family and invited friends over the years , Hope you enjoy the post on the Real Café Bernabeu as I


Well if you have been following my blog, you know I am a lifelong Madridista fan of the Real Madrid CF, the greatest of all time!!!! and of course have written several posts on it in my blog. The Real Café Bernabeu restaurant is located on the premises of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium itself and has 1,200 square meters of living space with stunning views from inside to the stadium!


Many times here without reservation on my fast City track even with my sons, No problems just show my id card and quickly move in upstairs, my boys were impressed but that is the Real Madrid, more than a club, a family, We were up in prime view of the stadium !

The Real Café Bernabeu sits overlooking the most famous football/soccer fields on earth, this trendy cocktail bar will appeal to those who live and breathe football or those who simply enjoy mixing with the beautiful people. Views of the stadium are exceptional, although it closes two hours before a game and doesn’t open until an hour after. The entrance is on gate no 30 on Avenida Concha Espina, Bear in mind huge construction is going on and the cafe is temporaly closed.



The restaurant, surrounded by an immense glass and tapas bar, where you can enjoy a lighter meal. In a unique space for all kinds of events because it has several rooms and stunning views of the field/pitch. In it you will find a bar area, located on the ground floor , with capacity to accommodate 150 people. In it you can have a drink or a soda while listening to good music and enjoy a modern and exclusive atmosphere. And on the first floor (2nd fl US), it has an impressive glass of 80 meters that allows you to see the stands and the field/pitch, where diners can enjoy this privileged view, while having a cocktail, a snack or enjoying a delicious meal. The Real Café Bernabeu offers a carefully renovated traditional cuisine accompanied by an extensive wine list.   In summer the terrace opens from 10h and is one of the best options for a drink in Madrid. There is a valet service.

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The official Real Café Bernabeu :

The official Real Madrid on the Real Café Bernabeu :

The official Madrid tourist office on the Real Cafe Bernabeu :

There you go folks, a dandy memorable ultimate fun within the Santiago Bernabeu stadium of my Real Madrid CF , The Real Café Bernabeu is a must for all fans and those looking into history of the best footaball/Soccer club of all time, Again, hope you enjoy the post as I,

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

March 20, 2023

The Real Madrid CF, simply the best !!!

This is something would like to write more, but for some reason  let it lagged behind.   My passion for football/soccer/calcio  is huge.  I am the one who yelled screamed and sing/dance even in bars when the games of my beloved team is on. Therefore, on a nostalgic day in my Morbihan Breton, let me tell you more about one of my passions. I have written before several blog posts on the sport and my team, and competitions, so this time will be short and to the point. I have included some older pictures not yet on my blog.  This is more like there is never enough; hope you enjoy the post on the Real Madrid CF as I.


Of course, this is a club known for its football/soccer (sp. futbol) and basketball/(sp. baloncesto) but it also has several lower level farm teams such as the Cadete B, also, the Juvenil A . The Real Madrid C . The Alevin A ,the Benjamin B , and the Alevin B, the Cadete A , the Benjamín A. The Juvenil B  and the Infantiles A , and B. The team just below the main team is call Real Madrid Castilla . All these teams are collectively known as the Fàbrica or factory teams. And there is nego to start next year a Real Madrid C team, There is a Real Madrid women’s team in first division or La Liga F ,who are already in their 3rd season in 2nd place.


This year 2023 the Real Madrid CF is the only Spanish club in the Champions and already in quarter finals next opponent Chelsea of England 12 (home) and 18 (away) April, We are also, so far, in 2nd place in the Liga in Spain with our next game Sunday March 19 in Barcelona who are currently in first place this year. We won FIFA Best Club of the 20C and the IFHHS European Best club of the 20C as well !!!  And we are en route to name again the Greatest Club of the 21C having won more league and champions title than any.

Madrid 1 Bernabeu 24jan10 vs Malaga

Madrid 2 bernabeu 24jan10 vs Malaga

I have written plenty on the history and awards but just for a reminder to some these are the major ones. 14 Champions 1955-56  1956-57  1957-58  1958-59  1959-60  1965-66  1997-981999-00  2001-02  2013-14  2015-16  2016-17  2017-18  2021-22.

8 World cups of clubs 1960  1998  2002  2014  2016  2017  2018  2022. And 5 Supercups of Europe  2002  2014 2016  2017  2022.

And 35 Spanish league titles 1931-32  1932-33  1953-54  1954-55  1956-57  1957-58  1960-61  1961-62  1962-63  1963-64  1964-65  1966-67  1967-68  1968-69 1971-72  1974-75  1975-76  1977-78  1978-79  1979-80  1985-86 1986-87  1987-88  1988-89  1989-90  1994-95  1996-97  2000-01 2002-03  2006-07  2007-08  2011-12  2016-17  2019-20  2021-22.

if you want to be part of the family, and the best, then become a Madridista fan:

if you want to shop online ,and I know they deliver to many countries check Boutique

For on site stores there is of course, the stadium store on Avenida Concha Espina or the one we like as well on Calle Carmen 3 near Sol in city center, metro Sol.


The official Real Madrid CF

The official Madrid tourist office on the Santiago Bernabeu stadium:

There you go folks, a dandy memorable ultimate fun within the Santiago Bernabeu stadium of my Real Madrid CF , A visit or tour to the stadium will make your life better for sure, and if into football/soccer  is a must for all fans and those looking into history of the best footaball/Soccer club of all time, Again, hope you enjoy the post as I,

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

March 10, 2023

Again, the Catedral de la Almudena of Madrid !!!

This of course, is a must to visit in my dear Madrid,  I come to the wonderful awesome Cathedral of the Almudena. Again I have found older new pictures to the blog that should be in, me think. Therefore, here is me again, on the Catedral de Santa Maria Real de la Almudena , See my other posts on it ,and hope you enjoy this post as well as I.


The Cathedral de la Almudena was built opposite the Palacio Real (see post) as an old church Santa Maria during the 12C. It is the episcopal seat of the diocese of the City, and it is 102 meters long and 73 meters high built on a mixture of different styles: neoclassical outside, neo-Gothic inside and neo-Romanesque in the crypt. It was begun to be built in 1883 and was consecrated by Pope John Paul II on his fourth trip to Spain on June 15, 1993. It is the only Spanish Cathedral dedicated by a Pope. The main façade overlooks Plaza de la Armería, facing the Royal Palace. You can access the crypt from Calle Mayor, A complete visit to the Almudena Cathedral is divided into three phases: Interior of the temple, Museum and dome, and the Crypt. Unlike most cathedrals, whose traditional orientation is East-West, that of the Almudena presents a North-South orientation. This is due to the fact that from its origins it was projected as an integral part of the Palacio Real or Royal Palace complex. In fact, its main façade looks towards the south façade of the Palace. This façade exhibits a large portico with columns on the access floor and on the first, where there is a balcony. Two towers guard the entrance. The main door, which is opened only in extraordinary events, is made of bronze and of great dimensions. Various sculptures and allegorical shields adorn the entire façade.


Its main element is the dome, which is double; Gothic view from the inside, but from the outside with Baroque reminiscences. It features an octagonal barrel in which four large thermal holes and a small flashlight as an open shot. The roof is dark slate. By way of pinnacles, twelve statues representing the apostles. The main façade, to the Plaza de la Armería, is located at the foot of the temple, facing the south side of the Royal Palace. It consists of a large double-column portico, with the lower story of Tuscan inspiration and the upper Ionic one. All this neoclassical was crowned after the consecration of the Cathedral by a baroque niche, which housed  an image of the Virgen de la Almudena.  On the balcony,  a window of 10 m2 that represents  the Virgen de Lis. And four statues representing the four evangelists. There are two large shields,located in the lower part, they are made of stone: they represent the complete arms of the Spanish Royal House and protect the pope who consecrated the cathedral, John Paul II.  At the ends of the façade, in two niches, there are bronze statues of Saint Peter and Saint Paul finishing off the niches, two reliefs, the delivery of the keys to Saint Peter and the conversion of Saint Paul. The doors are bronze. The center has ornaments with the Trinitarian theme; one of the sides refers to the monarchy of Spain; The other is dedicated to Latin America. Of the two towers on the façade, the right is known as “Mariana” or “Gallega”, since the bells were donated by Galicians and each one has a traditional Marian devotion: Santa María la Real Almudena; Santa Maria de la Paloma; Santa María de Atocha and Santa María de la Flor de Lis.

madrid cat almudena off mayor and bailen sts may16

The interior of the Cathedral de La Almudena is surprising for having completely different details from other cathedrals: the ceiling and stained glass windows leave aside the classical style to give way to bright colors and straight lines. The most visited elements are usually the altar of Santa María la Real de la Almudena, the surprising altarpiece in which the Virgin is placed, the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament and the Chapel dedicated to San Isidro Labrador and his wife Santa María de la Cabeza located in the center of the dome. Outside the dome, you can enjoy an excellent panoramic view, with 360 degree vision, of all of Madrid. The Casa de Campo, the mountains, the entire flat part of the south, the roofs of the center of Madrid. Everything is seen with a privileged perspective. Without a doubt, it is one of the best viewpoints in Madrid.

You can get there on foot as we do from anywhere in Madrid or take it easy on the metro Opéra lines 2 and 5 as well as bus lines 3, 25, 39 ; and 148. It is open Mondays to Sundays from 9h to 20h30. The museum and dome is open Mondays to Saturdays from 10h to 14h30. Admission to the Cathedral is free and to the museum and dome is 6€.

The official Catedral de la Almudena

The Madrid tourist office on the Cathedral

There you go folks , another jewel in my dear Madrid and you should see it too ! Wonderful area, full of architecture and history , a must to see the Catedral de la Almudena. Again, hope you enjoy it as I

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

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March 7, 2023

Wines news of Spain VIIII

We are coming alone in Winter 2023, its time to tell you once again on the wines of my dear Spain, As said, this goes back from my beginnings ,and I still go for them everywhere, Therefore, will try the monumental task of telling you about my favorites anecdotes and news of Spanish wines and hope to continue this series as my others with your blessing and likes. Here it is ,again coming back at you my wines news of Spain VIIII !! Of course post No 9 for the non Romans, Hope you enjoy the post as I.

2022 closes with an increase in Spanish imports of wine in value (12.7%) to reach 282 million euros, the highest figure in the historical series. In volume, a drop of 3.4% has been registered, up to 64.6 million liters. In absolute terms, 2.3 million fewer liters were imported, spending 31.8 million euros more. The drop in volume is explained by the drop in bulk wine (17%) and sparkling wine (17%). France in value and Italy in volume are the main suppliers of wine to Spain. 44% of the value of Spanish wine imports come from France, which in 2022 increased its share by 11% to 159.8 million euros. In volume, 30% of imports correspond to Italian wine, which stood at 39 million liters with a decrease of 2.5%, according to the Spanish Wine Market Observatory.

Since 1990, a DO has covered most of the vineyards in the Community of Madrid, uniting geologically and climatically different areas that have their own grape varieties and agricultural traditions, At the beginning of the 20C, the muscatel vineyards gave fame to the then town and now neighborhood of Fuencarral, or to the fields that would later be Moratalaz. And hawthorns still resist near Getafe, Pinto, Fuenlabrada or Parla populous cities in the capital’s “belt” , which can be reached by metro or the Cercanías trains. Decline came by train in the mid-19C with competition from Valdepeñas or Noblejas, not to mention the glamorous Rioja. The decline has not stopped since then and barely 9,000 hectares of vineyards remain out of the 60,000 that existed at the beginning of the 20C. The Sierra de Gredos, with its 2400 meters of altitude, is the rocky wall that separates Madrid from the northern Meseta. The vineyard is divided between three towns. Cebreros in Castilla y León and Méntrida in Castilla-La Mancha are full denominations, while San Martín de Valdeiglesias is a subzone of the DO Vinos de Madrid. At the end of the 90s, those were times when the cooperatives marketed almost all the wine in the area. The Arganda sub-zone houses more than half of the producers and the total vineyard of the DO. The gentle slopes and plains irrigated by the Tajuña, the Jarama and the Henares rivers seem to be the antithesis of the wild character of Gredos. The smallest area of the D.O. is in danger. The hawthorns in fertile plain areas close to the Guadarrama river are valued more as buildable land, because they are at the gates of the cities of the southern belt: Móstoles, Fuenlabrada, Arroyomolinos… The two most powerful wineries closed a few years ago, including Ricardo Benito, producers of wines with the most ambitions. Today there are only five left, but reinforcements are arriving ,The mountain climate, the altitude and the slate, limestone and granite soils differentiate the still scarce wines from a sub-zone that was incorporated into the Denomination in 2019. It is another mountain range very different from Gredos: the Norte or north, the “poor” one, that of the almost abandoned black towns that are experiencing a certain resurgence thanks to the urbanites who escaped from the big City of Madrid. Other wineries in the area are preparing to join the Denomination. It is time to rebuild and reinterpret. Like so many other things in the vineyards of Madrid. Coming alone fine its a process like the rest of Spain did, Webpage :

The book “Tempos Vega Sicilia 40 years. The mystery of Vega Sicilia” was presented in Madrid, a monograph dedicated to this mythical Ribera del Duero winery that focuses on the four decades of the house in the hands of the Álvarez family The mystery of Vega Sicilia can already be found in the La Fábrica and Lavinia bookstores, the deluxe edition, and in regular bookstores the pocket edition webpage :

Pandemonium, the penultimate son of the restless Vintae group, is a luminous sparkling wine from La Rioja that connects and refers to the eternal fight of good against evil, to the origin of Spanish, to fallen angels and will-o’-the-wisps, which tastes and smells of secret libraries, devils , sins, forbidden codes and, above all, it gives off the perfume of audacity: producing exceeding the limits of still wines and entering other fields: that of sparkling wines that are compared to the best champagne, but made in La Rioja, in Alto Najerilla Pandemonium comes from mountain vineyards, between 700 and 800 meters above sea level, in a cool and ventilated area called Las Viñas. At the moment, only two hectares outside the limits of the DOCa, regardless of any seal In the glass, a Pandemonium 2015 white wine, single varietal Viura, straw yellow and greenish tones that had its throat disgorged in 2021 and has followed the traditional method; on the palate, a very marked natural acidity, with creaminess and length. Be careful, only 600 bottles, which will go on sale in a couple of months at a price of around 40 euros. The red Grenache comes into play for the red white, with a less shy nose and elegant and smooth bubbles, with harmony and structure on the palate, even marked minerality. Grupo Vintae and Pandemonium :

Tamerán volcanic malvasía 2021: the union of two Canarian ‘magicians’Tameran means ‘land of the brave’ in local guanche, The project unites the talents of two Canarian ‘magicians’, David Silva and Jonatan García. Silva, known worldwide for his professional career as a footballer, is also passionate and highly connoisseur of the world of wine. Jonatan García combines his work as owner of the Tenerife winery Suertes del Marqués Designation of Origin Valle de La Orotava. with the new project, of which he is technical director. The Tameràn winery, located in San Bartolomé de Tirajana, has been built integrated into the vineyard. At the moment they sell five white wines from four native varieties. The one selected in this case is a volcanic Malvasia varietal, a cross between Marmajuelo and aromatic Malvasia. It ferments in 2,500-liter foudres and is aged on lees for 10 months in 500-liter barrels. Tamerán malvasía volcánica 2021 with fruit as the backbone, mainly citrus and stone fruits, its vibrant acidity and restrained alcoholic strength round off the set. Other wines are Marmajuelo, Malvasia Volcanica, Vijariego Blanco, Verdello and Baboso Blanco ,New bodega eventually will be here :

The other Suertes del Marqués:

There you go folks, another wonderful post on my dear Spanish wines, Hoping for a long lasting memories of my dear Spain and its wine news, An area already shining for several years, and getting better me think, Hope you enjoy the new series of wines news of Spain VIIII as I

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

March 7, 2023

Some news from Spain, CXLIV

This is yours truly with another episode of some news from Spain !!! thanks to you all. There is lots of things going on in my beloved Spain, and already on the end tail of a mild Winter ! I am eagerly looking forward to be back to Spain too !! Let me tell you the latest tidbits of news chosen by yours truly, By the way CXLIV is old Roman for 144, Enjoy it as Spain is everything under the Sun!

“I couldn’t afford to have so much money hanging from a nail,” admitted the Madrid painter and politician Aureliano de Beruete in 1908. So he sold for $120,000 to American billionaire Henry Clay Frick El Greco’s Expulsion of the Merchants from the Temple (1600). But he was not the only one who exchanged art for money ,the first patrimony law would not arrive until 1916, because many other private collectors did the same with eight more paintings by Goya, Murillo and Velázquez, which allowed the coal steel and railways magnate to have nine masterpieces of Spanish painting to complete the so-called Frick Collection, museum pride of the city of New York , Now, the nine paintings return to Spain for the first time in more than a century and are exhibited until July 2, at the Museo del Prado. The Spanish national museum recalls that these are “exceptional works” that “make the Madrid exhibition a unique and unrepeatable occasion”, since the paintings are exhibited, in some cases, together with others from the Prado with which they are closely related. The Prado exhibition is made up of the portrait of Vincenzo Anastagi (1575), The Expulsion of the Merchants from the Temple (1600), Saint Jerome (1590) all three by El Greco, Philip IV in Fraga (1644), by Velázquez, Self-portrait (1650), by Murillo, portrait of Pedro de Alcántara y Téllez-Girón, ninth Duke of Osuna (1790), Portrait of an officer (1804), La forge (1815) and Portrait of a woman (1824), the last four from Goya. Webpage :

The Prado Museum extends its hours on the first Saturday of each month with ‘El Prado at night’, which will open the art gallery from 20h30 to 23h30, through the Jerónimos entrance with the aim of encouraging visits and approach the citizenry. You can visit the Central Gallery and the last access will be at 23h, Admission will be free until full capacity is reached The museum will keep the cafeteria service open during the initiative.

Next to the bay, by the car park, at the back of a building with balconies overlooking the port, a rusty steel door, without any sign or advertisement, welcomes a journey through the five continents thanks to a collection of tribal art that includes some 400 pieces of a set of 800. The Indo-Forcada Other Cultures Collection, located in an old fisherman’s house in Pasaia (Gipuzkoa) More info here :

It is believed that there are about 20,000 castles in Spain, although the Spanish Association of Friends of Castles has counted more than 10,000. Jaén is the province that hosts the largest number (237), but it is in Córdoba where the fortress with the highest tower is located. It is located in the Los Pedroches region, in Belalcázar, in a strategic position on a high-altitude hill that completely controls the town and its surroundings and is located in the middle of a communication hub between Toledo, Seville and Córdoba. Also known as the Sotomayor y Zúñiga or Gafiq or Gahete castle, this military-Gothic style fortress features excellent granite stonework and its unique quadrangular keep, which at 45 meters is the tallest in Spain. This monument dates from the 15C and was built on the remains of a Roman fortress, continued in Arab times, of which an important testimony still remains in the outer fence, which was maintained as the first line of the wall with watchtowers over the Caganchas stream. In the 16C, the Renaissance palace of the Zúñiga-Sotomayor family was added on its eastern side. The 2.5-hectare complex is surrounded by a wall. the corners and the other four, hollow, located on the flanks. Between the first and second tower is the only access, the Puerta de Hierro or Iron Gate, which has a semicircular arch and on it is a blue jasper tombstone. The keep, with six floors and walls 4.4 meters thick, is square up to two thirds of its height and from there to the top with rounded edges. In the upper part there are eight ornate sentry boxes with the coat of arms of the Sotomayor family name. The fourth and fifth floors still retain their vaulted ceiling and remains of coats of arms. Webpage :

The province of Ávila, beyond its imposing capital, keeps numerous secrets perhaps not sufficiently known by travelers, and I agree ! . To the south of the province, on the northern slope of the Sierra de Villafranca and flanked to the west by the Sierra de Peñanegra, is the town of Piedrahita. In addition to walking through its streets and discovering its porticoed Plaza Mayor or sitting on one of its terraces to taste the typical dishes of the area, you must admire the Palace of the Dukes of Alba, French Baroque in style, this U-shaped building was built where the old castle of the Álvarez de Toledo family stood between 1755 and 1766. Attached to this is the Torreón, known as the clock tower to which Gabriel y Galán dedicated his well-known poetry ‘Los dos nidos’. Other essential points are: the Church of Santa María la Mayor, built in the 13C, the house of Gabriel y Galán, residence of the poet during his teaching in the town; the convent of the Discalced Carmelites, which, founded by María de Vargas y Acebedo around 1460, preserves the Gothic-style church; the hermitage of the Virgen de la Vega, scene of traditional festivals of the Valley; the theater, which preserves its historic façade in perfect condition; the ruins of the Santo Domingo convent, of which there are some remains that give an idea of its former splendor, such as the main chapel of its 14C church, the ribbed vaults in the side naves, the façade and the main door, and the Plaza de Toros, Also, Madrigal de las Altas Torres represents a unique case of a fortified medieval town located on a plain, in an area without any natural defense. Its walled enclosure, declared a historical-artistic monument, is an exceptional example of medieval military architecture and a relevant testimony of the Mudejar construction system. Located in La Moraña, 74 km from Ávila, this town is linked to great personalities, such as Isabel la Católica or Bishop Don Vasco de Quiroga, both born here, and Fray Luis de León, who died in these lands. The Church of San Nicolás de Bari, a fantastic representation of Romanesque-Mudejar art ;built in the 13C and renovated in the 15C of which its enormous 65-meter-high bell tower and the baptismal font in which it was baptized stand out Isabel la Católica is one of its most representative buildings, but not the only one. The palace of Juan II, the royal residence that housed the itinerant Court of Castile from 1424 to 1497 and which currently houses the convent of Nuestra Señora de Gracia; the Church of Santa María del Castillo, a temple built under the architectural influences of the Mudejar style that also combines Romanesque and neoclassical styles incorporated in later reforms ; and which has a precious Baroque altarpiece; the Real Hospital de la Purísima Concepción, which currently houses the Quiroga Basque Museum, the nature interpretation center and the tourist office and in whose chapel is the most revered image of Madrigal; the Santísimo Cristo de las Injurias, and the remains of the Agustino de Madrigal convent, which rise outside the walls among the cereal fields, are other points of interest in the town. The Avila province tourism webpage :

We head to railways and markets in search of more fascinating examples of Spain’s industrial heritage. Two worth mentioning here are :

The Camino de Hierro is a colossal work of engineering. A succession of 20 tunnels and ten bridges, some from the Eiffel school, which runs alongside the impressive perforated cliffs of Salamanca’s Arribes. It was two years ago when these last 17 km were recovered. of the mythical Duero Line created at the end of the 19C and abandoned since 1985. Since then it has been open to the public who dare to walk the tracks and enjoy this wonderful border landscape. The starting point is the old La Fregeneda station within the Las Arribes Natural Park.Webpage :

One of my favorite markets is the Mercado Central of Valencia, Inaugurated in 1928, this stunning food market is one of the masterpieces of modernism in the city of Turia. It combines stone, glass, ceramic and iron in its façade. The light that sneaks inside is magical. The meeting and exchange environment is also. With nearly 1,200 stalls with the best of the Mediterranean Diet, it is known, declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, the Mercado Central of Valencia is the largest active market in Europe. Webpage :

A couple of towns with less than 100 inhabitants, which despite the fact that the diagnoses lead them to disappear, resist against all odds, welcoming visitors with open arms.Quant nice of my dear Spain !

Barcena Mayor (Santander province)- 84 inhabitants, Located 495 meters above sea level, in the Argoza river valley, It is the only population center included in the Saja Besaya Natural Park and stands out for its traditional architecture and the clarity of its limits, marked by the rear facades of the rows and the density of the built plot, its Church of Santa María, dating from the 17C, its large houses and its open arcades, which reflect life in the mountains of Cantabria. It is also part of the most beautiful villages in Spain. Webpage :

The Cantabria region tourist office on Barcena Mayor :

San Andrés de Teixido (province A Coruña) – 49 inhabitants. Over the centuries, peasants and sailors from all over Galicia have gone on a pilgrimage to the hermitage dedicated to the Apostle San Andrés, located in this village in the parish of Régoa, in the east of the town of Cedeira, in the Sierra de Capeladas. A popular belief weighs on it: the souls of those who did not go to the pilgrimage of the living are reincarnated in the body of a lizard, toad or snake. In addition to the sanctuary of San Andrés, a Gothic temple of a marine type, the Fonte do Santo and the natural viewpoint of Vixía de Herbeira, above the cliffs, are also interesting. Galicia tourism on San Andrés de Teixido :

The great tragedy of Manolete and why even Churchill sent his condolences to his mother Manolete’s death was a shock. He was only 30 years old the afternoon the miura Islero picked him up in Linares (Jaén). He was his second bull. When entering to kill, the right python of the morlaco -black, bragado and with arrests- enters the right thigh of the bullfighter, There went what many me included considered the greatest bullfighter of all times, More about him in the Cordoba tourist office :

The European Commission announced last January 31 2023 an initiative to support pilot projects for new cross-border rail services in Europe. As for the Barcelona project, two things are known so far: the approximate launch date (spring 2025) and its stops. In the afternoon, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Brussels and Lille (connection from London); in the morning, Avignon, Montpellier, Perpignan, Figueras and Gerona. However, this certain current euphoria does not reflect -according to experts- the railway situation in Europe. In an Investigate Europe report, data such as these are handled: in the last 20 years, 6,000 km of railways have been dismantled; there is still no uniform signaling and control system in Europe; national companies order trains that can only be used on national networks; To date, there is no way to check travel times and buy tickets for a trip across Europe on a single website. And more a bit of trivia me like: By 1848, Brassey and his partners had built three-quarters of all the mileage of French railways yet constructed. These were built in accordance with best British practice, with the trains running on the left. And that is why French railways run on the left to this day. Investigate Europe webpage :

And the EC on train pilot projects webpage :

There you go folks, another dandy tour of my beloved Spain ! We are getting out from harsh Winter and nice weather is still around; just enough to be cozy and homey again. Time to enjoy my some news from Spain  once again, and we are gear up for it! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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February 26, 2023

The other Mercados or Markets of Madrid !!

I was thinking mercados or markets and looking back at this post ,needs update text, links etc still in my black and white series, no pictures, A great talk topic and we love them, cannot be in any town without checking them out, Madrid is nostalgia, the City that took me in ,nurtured ,care for me ; it has been with me ever since that date in 1971,

The update came about talking with my previous collegues on a boat and talking about this great past time, Therefore, got to work and took this post for a ride, See my post on the main markets with pictures elsewhere in my blog. I needed to say, my dear late wife Martine got me to come to all of them, well most of them, she loves them. Hopefully, this will stay with me for the memories, This post will be on the unusual ones, those been maybe once and quickly but nevertheless nice markets, Hope you enjoy the post as I

Let me tell you about some of the less known markets of Madrid, as visiting goes by yours truly.

The Mercado Municipal de Chamberí is located in the district of Chamberí. The market dates from 1876, but after a deep reform was inaugurated in 1943. It has a rectangular plant in a single dimension, in which fifty food stands are distributed. During the celebrations of the Virgin of Carmen celebrated in the neighborhood, the market carries out days of open doors with tasting of typical products of the region.  Smaller but quaint and part of the history of the neighborhood. Official webpage :

The Mercado de Maravillas.  It is a market located in Calle Bravo Murillo,122. In 1942 the market is inaugurated. It was intended to be in the 1950s one of the largest in the city. It was built on the site that left the school of Nuestra Senora de las Maravillas (Our Lady of the Wonders) after the fire that suffered in 1931 in the neighborhood of Cuatro Caminos. The market finished  in the post civil-war period has an area of 8700 square meters and more than 250 stands. It is done in the  Rationalist architectural style. At the beginning of the 21C it is one of Tetuan’s district largest markets. It is a building built on two floors; the ground floor dedicated to the collection and service inside the market, while the second is dedicated to the commercial area. The commercial plant is located at 2 meters of elevation on the main entrance in the Calle Bravo Murillo. The main facade in the Calle Bravo Murillo is of brick seen placed with barebone no cement, with an important canopy in cantilever of reinforced concrete, and the ground floor arcaded with pillars veneered with crystal grey granite. It stands out the large built area of the building of approximately 20,000 m2, of which almost half, 8.800 m2, are dedicated to commercial use and on a single floor.  On the first floor the pillars are steel.  The Sierra tooth-shaped roof, with glazed windows facing north, is highlighted, so that the zenith light gives a unique atmosphere to the interior of the big commercial building. Official webpage :

The Mercado de San Ildefonso . It is a favorite among residents and frequenters of Malasaña and Chueca district, due to its location on Calle de Fuencarral, right between the two neighborhoods. The market is situated just a few meters from the site of the first covered wholesale food market in Madrid, which was demolished in 1970. The stalls mainly offer ready-made dishes, although they also sell raw ingredients which you can take home or ask to be cooked for you there and then. The food can be eaten at the stalls themselves or, if you fancy a stroll in the sun, you can take it with you.  A strategic stop for neighbors, tourists and regulars between Malasaña, Chueca and Tribunal. The Mercado de San Ildefonso distributes its spaces in three differentiated levels where we find different provisions and possibilities. Complementing the gastronomic stands with three bars, one for each floor, the market also has two terraces, both half covered and perfect to enjoy the outdoor facilities. Official webpage :

The Mercado de Las Ventas (we lived not far but it was not built yet!, we came as visitors!) . It was built in 1995 to replace the old Canillas (quill) Market, founded in the 1940s. Located in front of the bullring of Monumental de Las Ventas. The market has a renowned reputation for the excellent value for money offered to the buyer. A special highlight is the wide range of fresh products of high demand, mainly fruits, vegetables, fish and meats. Among the novelties that it presents with respect to other markets is a gastronomic project through which one will be able to taste the most recognized dishes of all the kitchens of the world thanks to several stands specialized in international cuisine, healthy food and a wine bar with numerous wines with denomination of origin.  Currently has 100 commercial stands spread over two floors of more than 2,000 m2, and the market is equipped with underground parking, banks ATMs and total accessibility (impaired mobility folks) to its facilities. All this, completely refurbished and adapted to its two major projects. One of them, a gymnasium  DreamFit of 4,500 m2 facilities, and a supermarket Ahorramas, opened in December 2016. Official webpage :

The decade of the 1870’s when the City Council began to build covered markets, of which at the end of the century there were already four, all with iron structure. These were the markets of the Mostenses (built in 1875), Cebada (1875), Chamberí (1876) and La Paz (1882). Despite the construction of these new markets, there was still not enough to meet the demand for a growing city, so there continued to be open-air markets in public squares. Madrid has a total of 46 municipal markets and others of private ownership.  Of course, I am not in my wildest dream going to tell you all, too many and long….but will tell you briefly the ones my family and I remembered fondly.

There you go folks, wonderful places, should see as much as you can. It will give you not only the thrill of Spanish foods and drinks but the real feel of the local people and their colorful ways of mingling with the crowds even if there is a language barrier.  Hope you enjoy the other mercados or markets of Madrid as I

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

February 26, 2023

Off the beaten paths shopping in Madrid !!

I saw this old post and it was so nostalgic for me that decided to update text and link and bring it back to live, This is the AZCA business center a bit off the center of Madrid and not known much but very nice off the beaten path shopping in Madrid !! Let me tell you a bit about AZCA ,and hope you enjoy the post as I,

In my later life I came here many times because it is where the 1) HI hotel closest to Santiago Bernabeu stadium I stayed, 2) a huge dept store El Corte Inglés is near, 3) The Santiago Bernabeu Stadium of Real Madrid, my team ok,is walking distance, Ok enough about my reasons, let me tell about AZCA.

AZCA ,has a long name ,in Spanish is Asociación Mixta de Compensación de la Manzana A de la Zona Comercial de la Avenida del Generalísimo ,(now Paseo de la Castellana since 1981) It is a financial and business district of Madrid with a rectangular superblock of 19 hectares of area composed of office buildings between the streets of Raimundo Fernandez Villaverde, Orense, General Perón and Paseo de la Castellana. Also, within the scope are the squares of Pablo Ruiz Picasso, Carlos Trías Beltrán and Manuel Gómez Moreno.  It has several tall buildings or towers such as Torre Picasso, Building of BBVA ,and the Torre Europa.  In it, there is a huge department store of the chain El Corte Inglés (see post).

Its original conception ,and its name was approved in 1946; was finally won by architects in 1954 that were inspired by the Rockefeller Center New York. Their total and final approval did not occur until 1964. At the end of 1968 the urbanization of the area began, as well as the beginning of the construction of the first building on land belonging to the El Corte Inglés dept store. The last plot of land to be built was also of the El Corte Inglés in 2000. The shape square or manzana of AZCA has a practically rectangular shape, with dimensions of approximately 618 x 305 meters and an area of almost 19 hectares; inside this area under the ground is a ring of circulation that communicates and facilitates the traffic of the streets around it.

Madrid el-corte-ingles by Nuevos Ministerios

Some of the buildings of note are: Torre Picasso, 5th highest building in Madrid and 10th highest building in Spain. Torre Europa is the 7th tallest building in Madrid and houses offices of different companies.  The Castellana 81, under the building runs the tunnel of the railway, therefore, the entire structure supports two large pilasters of concrete on horseback on both sides. Torre Titania , the first six plants house the El Corte Inglés dept store and the rest is the headquarters of Ernst & Young Spain. It occupies the site of the Windsor building, destroyed after a fire in 2005.  The Mahou Tower, 17th highest in Madrid is the headquarters of Mutua Madrileña insurance company.

The area had its ups and downs for several years trying to bring activity business and folks into the area with increase security. The store Zara opened in April 2017 its largest store in Spain occupying 5000 m² in Castellana 79. As it goes for shopping ,and we love it. We have come here ever since it was open in 1988.  The shopping mall Moda (en. fashion) is located in the heart of AZCA, just between the emblematic buildings of Torre Picasso and Torre Europa very close to the Congress Palace and the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. This is very chic shopping with some big names in a grand modern building with many glass windows and a nice inner patio to unwind the walks in the city. The shopping is super; you can come into the mall by several street entrances such as Paseo de la Castellana,95, Calle Orense 22-24 in the Plaza Carlos Trias Bertràn, and Calle del General Péron, 38-40. The Plaza Carlos Trias Bertràn is the easier entrance to the Holiday Inn hotel above. You have classic eateries here, we love the Biaci,Mallorca Cafe , and Casa Carmen. As stores well the Chocolate Factory, Juancho Lujans, and Via Venetto. Nice indeed.


AZCA neighborhood is also home to several bars, pubs, restaurants and the occasional discotheque. Going past the buildings lining the streets that limit this area, and to the inner zone, several of these establishments can be found under the arches or on the ground floors of the buildings. In MODA you will find a shopping center for people who generally dislike shopping centers. It’s a small, glass-roofed, quiet and elegant place, with a delightful food court area, a terrace and a few places ideal for grabbing a breakfast. The little mall often hosts different exhibitions and fairs, which are one more reason to pay a visit.

Parking Hotel Holiday InnBernabéu (now new name Hotel Canopy by Hilton Madrid Castellana)  at 5 minutes on foot from the Santiago Bernabéu stadium (Real Madrid) and  7 minutes on foot from  AZCA . It has direct access to the hotel (my usual hotel for games when not staying with family) access pedestrian and vehicule by  Avenida del General Perón, 34. The new hotel webpage:

The nearest metro station is Nuevos Ministerios line 8 that also connects to the airport, and Santiago Bernabéu  Line 10 (exit AZCA), and bus numbers 14, 27, 40, 43, 120, 147 and 150 will also take you here too.

The Madrid tourist office on AZCA :

The AZCA association of merchants :

The official MODA shopping center :

The Madrid tourist office on MODA shopping center :

There you go folks, a dandy chic area of my Madrid often overlook by visitors but for me a must to visit while in the City, OF course, I have other reasons see above ,,,The area will be hopping I am sure once the Bernabeu stadium is completely finish and a more vibrant neighborhood is reborn, Hope you enjoy this updated post on AZCA and the side kick MODA of Madrid as I.

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

February 26, 2023

Some news from Spain, CXLIII

This is yours truly with another episode of some news from Spain !!! thanks to you all. There is lots of things going on in my beloved Spain, and already way into Winter ! I am eagerly looking forward to be back to Spain too !! Let me tell you the latest tidbits of news chosen by yours truly, By the way CXLIII is old Roman for 143, Enjoy it as Spain is everything under the Sun!

The Corpus of Toledo already has protagonists. A stellar poster for one of the most important festivities in the bullfighting calendar. Julián López “El Juli”, returns to Toledo and Corpus to celebrate his 25 years as an alternative, an essential event in a square and a date where he has reaped great triumphs and which he could not miss in such a special year; Andrés Roca Rey as the world’s greatest indisputable figure and Tomás Rufo in his land defending his position as a new figure in bullfighting. A running of the bulls will be dealt with by the Toledo brand from Alcurrucén, a cattle ranch synonymous with the guarantee of great victories. the traditional date of Corpus Christi, Thursday, June 8, at 19h30 Webpage :

Let me now take you on a long nostalgic tour of my dear Spain, On one time or another I have been to these places some lointime and some as recent as 2020, Hope you take them as material for your future visits as I.

The beautiful medieval town of Picasso’s barber was at the foot of the Sierra de Guadarrama ,Buitrago del Lozoya, The Picasso Museum-Eugenio Arias de Buitrago Collection is one of the oldest in Spain dedicated to the painter from Malaga. Arias was the personal barber of Pablo Ruiz Picasso in his exile in the South of France. Joined by a close friendship with the master, Arias decided to open a museum in which he would display all the gifts he received from the artist. Drawings, ceramics, posters, books and objects as singular as the box of hairdressing tools, with the lid pyrographed by the Andalusian with bullfighting motifs and a dedication: “For my friend Arias”. A must to visit if for this alone, When Enrique II granted the Mendoza family lordship of the town and the lands and towns that surrounded it. The robust double walled enclosure, the most important and best preserved in the Community of Madrid, dates from that period. The so-called high wall of Buitrago del Lozoya has been enabled on its south side for visits. The Two Millennia of Artillery exhibition is also on display here, which shows siege engines and medieval weapons in its environment. Inside the enclosure, which is accessed through an arch under the wall and the Clock Tower, the monumental Gothic-Mudejar castle of the Mendoza family and the slender Church of Santa María del Castillo stand out. The intramural fabric and farmhouse have not lost the medieval atmosphere of yesteryear. A fortified wonderful small town of the mountains outside Madrid City, Webpage :

Another beauty of old is San Lorenzo de El Escorial, heading directly to the Court of Felipe II, Sheltered by the last eastern foothills of the Sierra de Guadarrama, the Madrid town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial did not achieve its independence until the 19C. Its importance shines from four centuries before. It began in 1558, when Felipe II appointed a commission to locate a place to erect a monastery, the monarch’s ‘excursions’ to the nearby area of La Silla de Felipe II, so called because of the seats carved into the rock, which tradition assures were for the king to settle down. From there he could see the progress of the works of what would be the largest building in Christendom, Above the historic houses stands the town of San Lorenzo, one of the liveliest in the Madrid mountains. The streets of Floridablanca and Reina Victoria and the Jacinto de Benavente and Constitución squares make up an obligatory tour in which the most difficult thing is to choose the place to stop for the inexcusable snack, the town treasures places that must be known. The first is the Bosque de la Herrería, at the top of which is the aforementioned Silla de Felipe II and which is reached by a path of just over a km, recommended hiking destinations. Like the climb to Rubens’ Cross, so called because the Flemish painter climbed up to where it rises to contemplate the Monastery and draw a picture of it. Sublime ! Webpage :

One of the jewels of the Comunidad de Madrid, Manzanares el Real between labyrinthine mountains and granite castles, Visit to the best-preserved medieval fortress in the Madrid region, hiking and climbing on the Pedriza cliffs and observation of aquatic birds in the Santillana reservoir, It is advisable to get up early, because the natural park, only 270 vehicles a day can enter and they immediately close the access barrier. A trick to avoid early mornings and queues is to forget about the car and walk from the same town of Manzanares el Real. You can visit the castle or the castles, because there are actually two: the new one, the palatial fortress that has presided over the town since the end of the 15C, and the old one, with whose stones the previous one was made and of which hardly anything remains, except for the vine that can be seen leaving towards Cerceda, just after crossing the medieval bridge over the Manzanares river. Of the first, what is most liked is the Paseador by Juan Guas, a loggia with lowered arches, with double pointed and lobed tracery, which is one of the most peaceful and beautiful galleries of Elizabethan Gothic, a viewpoint where one never tires of gazing the Santillana reservoir , From the second castle, the poetic memory of the Marquis of Santillana, who lived here and was inspired to write one of his famous serranillas: “For all these pine forests / nin in the Val de la Gamella, / I did not see a more beautiful mountain / that Menga de Mançanares”. Going down from the new castle to the old one, you pass through the Plaza del Pueblo where a craft market is held on the first weekend of the month. A few steps from the square are the tourist office and the Church of Nuestra Señora de las Nieves, also the work of Juan Guas, in whose garden, a former cemetery, there are several discoid stelae, a sign that some of the first Christian settlers of Manzanares They came from the north of the peninsula, the Basque Country or Navarra, where they are abundant. A digestive walk along Calle de la Paz (the one with the cemetery) and along its extension, a road closed to traffic that borders the tail and the southern shore of the Santillana reservoir until reaching the closed gate of a private estate. In addition, on the opposite shore, a photo that is difficult to forget can be seen: the new castle standing out like one more rock on the bottom of La Pedriza, “castle dump by the hand of God” (as Unamuno called it) than the sun increasingly bass makes gold and the waters of the reservoir double as a mirror. Webpage :

A very culinary delight in my dear Madrid to get lost on its streets for the senses, The very particular gastronomic route begins next to the Plaza de la Villa , A few minutes later we are ringing the bell of the Convento de las Carboneras , Not far away, in the Pasajito de los Panecillos, bread was given to the poor in the 18C on condition that they went to Mass,. The Cuchilleros came almost all from Galicia, like the tradition of squid, although the term sandwich is already known to be Forgian vocabulary. In Botoneras is the bar of the generation of 27, The route passes by other hundred-year-old taverns such as Casa Paco and by inns where travelers arrived in horse-drawn carriages before the introduction of the railway , An important stop on this award-winning tour is the Museo de San Isidro tripe comes from the Romans and the Muslim invasion greatly enriched Iberian cuisine. The Patron Saint of Madrid (San Isidro) would know it very well because he grew up in Mozarabic Madrid. In front of the cenotaph of Beatriz Galindo, the finishing touch to a gastronomic tour , the mercado de la Cebada. Wonderful streets full of flavor,architecture and history, Sublime Madrid ! Webpage :

Let me tell you a bit about some incredible and tiny walled towns to travel back in time, Follow me if you like by car of course,

First, Ujué (Navarra) 53 km from Pamplona, located on top of the mountain range of the same name, dominating the land, this spectacular town of about 400 inhabitants preserves all the charm of its medieval legacy. The walls surround the old town, with steep cobbled streets and clustered houses that are arranged around and at the foot of the most emblematic enclave of the town, the Church-fortress of Santa María (11-14C), Webpage :

We go by near the Pyrénées to Roda de Isábena (Huesca), This medieval Aragonese jewel, with only 40 inhabitants, is located on a hillock in the Ribagorza region. Its wall still preserves arcades and ramps that give access to the old enclosure, drawn by alleys, squares and passageways. Among its most emblematic enclaves is the Cathedral of San Vicente, considered the oldest in Aragon (construction began in 956) and the smallest in Spain. Webpage :

Move down to Urueña (Valladolid), The spectacular walled enclosure (13C) of this town inhabited by almost 200 people has been declared a Historic-Artistic Site and is one of the best preserved in the province. The wall, most of which is still standing with two of its gates, is linked, at the southeast end, to the castle, built in the 11C on an old Roman stronghold. Its narrow medieval streets and its squares become spontaneous viewpoints from which to enjoy beautiful panoramic views of Tierra de Campos. Webpage :

And going down to wonderful Maderuelo (Segovia) ,On a large hill, surrounded by the Linares reservoir next to the Hoces del río Riaza Natural Park, the 170 inhabitants of this walled medieval town, whose vestiges date back to the 10C, boast of having a declared urban area , Well of Cultural Interest, in which the Romanesque Church of Santa María del Castillo (former mosque) and the Hermitage of San Miguel stand out, noble stone houses and a tower that was the old castle. The Arco de la Villa is the emblematic entrance of its wall, which still preserves the locks, the postern and some thick wooden doors. Webpage :

And to finish this memorable post let me tell you a bit about my favorite centennial restaurants in my dear Madrid, Needless, to tell you over the years been to all of them, alone, married, with kids and with parents and friends,

The Botin Calle Cuchilleros, 17. The business founded in 1725 has an almost official certification as ‘the oldest restaurant in the world’, at least, according to the Guinness Book of Records. It is a destination to eat Castilian cuisine,

The Lhardy, Carrera de San Jerónimo, 8. When it opened in 1839, as a project by Emilio Lhardy, it was surely one of the most modern restaurants of the moment, because, in reality, it implied installing in the capital the trends of luxury catering imported mainly from France. This restaurant, with halls that resemble a palace, is one of the undisputed icons of Madrid, fortunate that it continues to operate almost two centuries after it opened.

The Posada de la Villa Cava Baja, 9. The historical archives seem to point to the fact that the only flour mill in Madrid operated right here in the 17C, which in 1642 became the first Posada de la Corte.

The Casa Lucio, Cava Baja, 35. It is not exactly a business that reaches one hundred years of life, but it cannot be missing from this list, this business was Mesón El Segoviano (which was one hundred years old) Since 1974 Casa Lucio is a kind of icon of Madrid , beyond the gastronomic sense,

The Casa Ciriaco Calle Mayor, 84. It was born as a wine warehouse in 1887 to later become a tavern as Casa Baliñas until the Segovian brothers Pablo and Ciriaco Muñoz Sanz went from employees to owners in 1929, in a business that was renamed Casa Ciriaco you can have a snack at the bar and the tables around it,

The La Bola Calle de la Bola, 5.Opened in 1870 and endorsed by four generations, the name of the street baptizes this restaurant with an offer specialized in Castilian cuisine, within which the star recipe is, indisputably, its Cocido Madrileño or Madrid stew

The Casa Alberto Calle Huertas, 18, Opened in 1827, it was born as a tavern for some Segovian innkeepers. It is said that, in its beginnings, wines were served with hard-boiled eggs as a cover.

The La Ardosa Calle Colón, 13. An essential tavern that serves as a recommendation for locals and tourists, because it is a guarantee to meet several objectives: discover a historical place, try a 100% Spanish offer, Opened in 1892 and located in the Malasaña neighborhood, Bodega de La Ardosa allows many options under a wide schedule with which you can have breakfast, have an aperitif, a snack between meals, lunch or dinner, around a bar surrounded by high tables and barrels, as well as an area that is accessed going under the bar

The Jai Alai, Calle Balbina Valverde, 2, As Jai Alai, which adds three generations of the Bustingorri family in the 100 years just completed by this Basque house. Its first headquarters was in a pediment in Calle Alfonso XI. It moved in the mid-60s to Calle Balbina Valverde, the current space, where dishes that have been on the menu for decades are still served.

The La Ancha Calle Zorrilla, 7, Four generations account for the surname and what is now called the La Ancha Family, a hotel group with other businesses in Madrid such as Las Tortillas de Gabino, Fismuler, La Taberna de La Ancha (Mercado de San Antón), the delivery Armando, The Omar bistro-bakery at Hotel Thompson Madrid (where it also has the Hijos de Tomás cocktail bar) and, starting in April, the management of Club Financiero Génova, in alliance with Azotea Grupo. We have to go back to 1919, the year in which La Estrecha started as the first business in this saga, under a tavern format, on Madrid‘s Calle Los Madrazo. In 1928, Santiago Redruello, Benigno’s nephew, took over that place, renamed La Ancha and which moved to Calle Velázquez in 1957, to move again in 1969 to Calle Príncipe de Vergara, where today one of La Ancha’s headquarters operates. The second, opened in 1988, is on Calle Zorrilla with a nice terrace in a courtyard. Castilian cuisine, they usually define; and it is, but also with Basque and even Asturian influence

There you go folks, another dandy tour of my beloved Spain ! We are fully in Winter and cold weather is still around; just enough to be cozy and homey again. Time to enjoy my some news from Spain  once again, and we are gear up for it! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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