Posts tagged ‘Madrid’

October 2, 2019

Some news from Spain LXXXVI

Hah and just when you thought pedmar10 will stop writing about Spain/Madrid well not in a chance lol! Here I am with some goodies of my beloved Spain, far but still close you know how it is!! Anyway, for consolation the weather there is 72F or about 22C and sunny while in my neck of the woods is 61F or 16C and cloudy !!! oh well we cannot win them all.

Let’s get back to the serious matter…of the latest news bit from Spain everything under the Sun!

Among the recent donations of paintings from the 19C to the Prado Museum, that of Hans Rudolf Gerstenmaier is unique not only for its number, 11 works, but also for its concentration in the art of the last years of the 19C and early 20C, one of the main nuclei of its extensive collections and the final section of the Prado. With this donation, which is exhibited in room 60 of the Villanueva building until January 12, 2020, painters such as Hermen Anglada-Camarasa, Eduardo Chicharro, Ignacio Zuloaga and Joaquín Mir are incorporated into the Prado, which enrich the end of the collections of Spanish painting of the Museum, where Sorolla and Beruete are already represented, their strict contemporaries. Hans Rudolf Gerstenmaier  was born in Hamburg ,Germany on September 9, 1934, he conducted commercial studies there. He initially worked in an office that the prestigious Swiss firm Brown, Boveri & Cie, dedicated to electrical engineering and motor development, had in Hamburg. He moved to Spain in 1962 to start commercial business. He first represented the well-known MAN truck company, and later obtained representations of German car houses in the field of spare parts, with the idea of ​​becoming independent soon after. In fact, in 1964 he founded the German car parts company Rudolf Gerstenmaier, which became a public limited company such as Gerstenmaier S. A. By 1970 he began collecting Spanish paintings from the 15C and 16C and then Flemish painting. A third area of ​​his collection was the 19C painting, initially attracted by the sensory vivacity of Joaquín Sorolla’s work and the richness of the matter of Hermen Anglada-Camarasa’s. A great addition indeed and see at the Prado Museum: https://www.museodelprado.es/actualidad/exposicion/donacion-hans-rudolf-gerstenmaier/2b806bda-ef2b-5265-c102-e06b67e44cbb

The first tickets of the Resurrection Fest 2020 go on sale this past Tuesday, October 1. This is hot! The Resurrection Fest 2020 will be held in Viveiro , Lugo, Galicia (see my post on Viveiro) between July 1 and 4 next year, with System of a Down as headliner. Resurrection Fest 2020 program flagship groups such as Judas Priest, on their 50th anniversary tour, or Korn, with the only performance scheduled in Spain in 2020. Other bands that are also part of the Resurrection Fest 2020 poster are Lionheart, Hamlet, Beyond The Black, Elder, Our Home, Cannibal Grandpa, Dark Funeral, Burial, The Atomic Bitchwax, Thirteen Bled Promises, Amenra, Blowfuse, Vita Imana, Knocked Loose or Madball. More info here: http://www.resurrectionfest.es/boom-system-of-a-down-will-headline-resurrection-fest-estrella-galicia-2020/?lang=en

And this is to protect and defend! The Dolmen of Guadalperal begins to submerge little by little in the waters of the Valdecañas reservoir in Perelada de Mora, Cáceres. It is a slow agony that has begun a few days ago even without the autumn rains. The swamp begins to recover its flow due to the end of the transfer period that every year during the summer establishes the Albufeira agreement committed between Spain and Portugal for the sustainable use of water between the watersheds of both countries. This megalithic jewel of around 7,000 years old did not move from its place of origin. So it was a matter of time before the waters began to cover it until it returned to the depths. known as the ‘Spanish Stonehenge’  the main menhir, one of the fine-grained granite, which withstands the water much better, we can see since of all its engravings only slight few remains. Fat granite are very eroded, cracked and even flaked, if not already split.  Its appearance  this past summer has gone around the world and international media have made numerous reports on this dolmen and even the BBC prepares a documentary series on it. Hope you see it before its gone ! More info here in Spanish: https://otraiberia.es/el-dolmen-de-guadalperal/?fbclid=IwAR2gP3TT_WMCYpR55I6w20YHIVSYgcc8yqOmhSQ0TTGMNq9hvtH6pFrEMDc

Something to cheer on more! A first because there is always a first of achievements! The Valencian Elisa Ferrer has won last Tuesday, unanimously by the jury, the XV Tusquets Prize for novels with the play  Temporada de Avispas or Season of wasps, the story of a young woman who is reunited with her absent father and recapitulates a helpless childhood. Elisa Ferrer, born in L’Alcúdia de Crespins (Valencia) in 1983, has a degree in Audiovisual Communication from the University of Valencia, a diploma in film and television script from the School of Madrid and graduated in the Master of Creative Writing in Spanish by The University of Iowa (USA), where she was a member of the editorial team of Iowa Literary magazine. She has worked as a television screenwriter and as a feature film script analyst for the RTVE Fiction department and has published articles and poems in several literary magazines, such as the Temporary Magazine of the New York University or Chicago Mishap. More in Spanish here: https://www.planetadelibros.com/editorial/tusquets-editores-sa/premios/59

Already eight million people have seen La función que sale mal or the function that goes wrong in more than 30 countries around the world since its premiere in 2012 at the London West End, where it received the Olivier Award for best revelation comedy. And rarely can one say that a success is so deserved. Just released at the Teatro La Latina,in my Madrid (see post on it)  this disgusting work where everything that can be twisted, as the title announces, ends worse, is a succession of falls, mistakes and scenographic accidents that manages to surprise the viewer and make them laugh out loud for two hours. More info here in Spanish: https://www.teatrolalatina.es/obra-de-teatro/la-funcion-que-sale-mal/

And to cover everything under the Sun as in Spain! Be Lover, the first erotic market in Madrid that, with its 200 square meters, has become the largest establishment of its kind. Decorated in pastel pink tones with golden details and some purple light, the spaces can be modified and customized according to the demand of the market and its staff, highly qualified to advise and attend with discretion, offers a unique shopping experience that is supported not only in what is offered on the shelves, also in the free WiFi stations, in the relaxation area or in the corners with special promotions. Be Lover-Erotik Market. Calle de Santa Brígida, 4. Metro: Tribunal (lines 1 and 10). More information: www.otbranding.com/belover/

The musical based on the famous film arrives in Spain after going around the world. “Oh, my love, my darling / I’ve hungered for your touch / A long, lonely time.”. The Ballad Unchained Melody, created in 1955 by Alex North and Hy Zaret, is one of the most listened to and versioned songs in history. It has more than 1,500 adaptations, in which Elvis Presley, Liberace, U2 or Il Divo have participated. But it is the version of The Righteous Brothers that has been immortalized in the popular imaginary thanks to Ghost, beyond love (1990), the film directed by Jerry Zucker and starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg. Now premiere on the Teatro Gran Vía , in a theater where you have the audience a few meters away and with a smaller stage. That will favor the show. More info here: https://gruposmedia.com/teatro-edp-gran-via/

And a bit on Sevilla , why not, Andalucia at its best.

Metropol Parasol, this wooden building is located in the Plaza de la Encarnación. Cetas or mushrooms named for their enormous white structure, reminiscent of the shape of these mushrooms  occupy the total of what a market was more than a century ago. Visitors can enter this five-story complex to enjoy beautiful views of the city. Before climbing, they have the possibility to discover the Roman archaeological remains of the Antiquarium, found during the construction of this huge terrace. Once up, its meandering heights, with 250 meters up, allow you to know different perspectives of Seville. For 3 euros. Ticket sales at   www.setasdesevilla.com

This immense gothic Cathedral of Sevilla, ( Santa María de la Sede) built between the 15C and 16C. Although the beauty of the interior is beyond reproach, it may be more interesting to access, through its narrow spiral staircase, the upper floor of the Cathedral. There, you can fully enjoy its architecture and its views, which overlook the beautiful Patio de los Naranjos and the Avenida de la Constitución, as well as all the artistic elements that make it up: gargoyles, domes, stained glass and outriggers. The best panoramas can be made with the illuminated rosette that crowns the bottom of the Puerta de Asunción or Assumption gate, placed on the main altar. Entrance: 15 euros; More info here:  www.catedraldesevilla.es

On the banks of the Guadalquivir river emerges one of the most emblematic places of the Hispanic city. The Torre del Oro, (gold tower), according to the legend, named for the golden glow that reflected on the river ,it houses a naval museum since 1944, where models, engravings, manuscripts and other navigation instruments are seen. The lower part of the structure is dedicated to the history of the Spanish Navy, as well as to the discovery of America and the first voyage of Columbus. The final point of the tour focuses on the trip around the world starring Magallanes and Elcano. Tickets: 3 euros. More information here:  www.fundacionmuseonaval.com

The tower of the Giralda bell tower of the cathedral is 101 meters high and, at its highest point, has a female statue inspired by the goddess Palas Athena, known as Giraldilla. The structure can be easily climbed, since, instead of stairs, there are a total of 35 ramps leading to the bell tower. They were thus arranged by the one who ordered its construction, Sultan Abu Yaqub Yusuf, to be able to climb to enjoy the landscape on the back of his horse. The upper part includes an extensive vision of the town and all its monuments, with the Plaza de la Virgen de los Reyes and the Patio de los Naranjos at its feet..More info here: https://www.catedraldesevilla.es/la-catedral/edificio/la-giralda/

In a separate post I wrote about it and now it is finally open to the public! The Palacio de Liria, residence of Carlos Fitz-James Stuart, XIX Duke of Alba. Tickets for visits, which will be made in groups of up to 20 people and will have an estimated duration of 65 minutes, are already on sale and can be purchased by accessing the website of the Casa de Alba Foundation.  You should not miss the Salon de Goya: In addition to Goya’s portraits of the XIII Duchess of Alba and the Marquise de Lazán, as well as those made by Tiziano and Rubens of the Duke of Alba, the collection also includes important canvases signed by Velázquez (Infanta Margarita) , Murillo (Juan de Miranda), Zurbarán (Santo Domingo de Guzmán) or El Greco (Christ on the Cross), among other artists. The Salon Flamenco: Painting, sculpture, tapestries, furniture, prints, documents and books spread over the 14 rooms that make up the visit round out this unique collection, which today exists thanks to the patronage and collecting work of the Dukes of Berwick and Alba for more 500 years .The Salon Estuardo: The battle of the Amazons against the Greeks and death of Queen Pantasilea is one of the most watched tapestries in the route. In this same dependence also rests the bronze bust that Mariano Benlliure made on behalf of Jacobo Fitz-James Stuart. The Biblioteca or Library: Among the main novelties of the visits, the library of the palace, so far only accessible to researchers and scholars. Its interior has about 18,000 volumes, including bibliographic and documentary jewels of incalculable value. La Biblia de la Casa de Alba or the Bible of the House of Alba: Made in parchment, handwritten in the Castilian language and elaborated between 1422 and 1431, the Bible of the House of Alba is one of the most valuable jewels that welcomes the stay. This piece was commissioned by the master of the Order of Calatrava, Luis de Guzmán, the rabbi of Guadalajara Mosé Arragel. In addition to its importance for language and culture, the codex, in the house of Alba since the 17C, contains beautiful illustrations. More here: Fundacion Casa de Alba, on the Palacio de Liria

And of course wine cannot be too far from my beloved Spain!

The latest statistics collected by the Observatorio Español del Mercado del Vino (OEMV) or Spanish Wine Market Observatory, confirm a trend in recent years with specific exceptions in cases of scarce crops indicating that this country is still in the spiral of bulk wine and bottled wine very cheap, which endangers the future of the sector by canceling profitability for wine growers.  Spain exported, in the first seven months of 2019, 1,268.3 million liters (+ 8.5%), worth 1,534.8 million euros (-8%), at an average price of 1.21euro / liter (-15%). In the report, it highlights the good growth of Japan, Canada and Portugal, which lead the increase in exports volume. On the negative side, sales felled  to China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Switzerland, among the main destinations. Portugal, Russia and South Africa lead the increase in volume of Spanish bulk wine exports. These three markets increased their purchases of Spanish bulk by almost 84 million liters, in the first seven months of 2019. From official source: https://www.oemv.es/

And now a story that goes way back for me and my family when began tasting/drinking wine at an early age as tradition requires it! And a strong contrast to the article above !

It took then a Spanish family now call Catalan family go figure with our times. A Catalan family that had been in the wine business for a couple of centuries was going to bring modernity thanks to one of its young members, Miguel A. Torres, who went to study viticulture and oenology at Dijon, Burgundy, France (no surprise right!) . His Burgundy formation was going to revolutionize things in the Penedès region and bring change throughout Spain. In 1962 it was precisely that Viña Sol that said “Spanish Chablis – Dry” on the export label. Happy times in which the regulations allowed to fantasize a little with a wine made fundamentally, then, with the parellada grape. First they were their basic and very affordable wines: Viña Sol, Coronas, Sangre de Toro (nice memories of early drinking indeed!!). And then the most ambitious, with that sounded triumph of their Cabernet Sauvignon over large Bordeaux in a blind tasting in France (you got to be establish by winning over the French lol!). The Torres’s went deeper into the recovery and even the rediscovery of classic Catalan and Mediterranean grapes, and began to elaborate from them great wines such as the Grans Muralles (a classic). But the fame of the vast group already in Chile, and with the small and interesting  implantation in California created by Marimar, Miguel A.’s sister, remained long linked to its popular entry-level wines. From their base in the Penedès, and apart from their well-known Chilean and Californian branches, the Torres’s have extended to all Catalan denominations and, today, to Rioja, the Duero and Galicia!  

Some of their very best today according to my tastes are: (region, wine, and year) Penedès: Reserva Real (2015), Chile Manso de Velasco (2012), Conca de Barberà Grans Muralles (2015), Chile Escaleras de Empedrado (2013), Conca de Barberà Milmanda (2016), Priorat Mas de la Rosa (2016), Costers del Segre Purgatori (2015), Russian River Valley California Marimar Torres Estate La Masia Chardonnay (2017), Penedès Mas La Plana (2015), Russian River Valley California Marimar Torres Estate          La Masia Pinot Noir (2014). In vino veritas! Enjoy it!!

More on the Torres’s here: Torres’s family official webpage in English

There you plenty of firepower in my beloved Spain to come back and back and back. Hope you enjoy reading my Some news from articles and I thank you.

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

September 30, 2019

Cine Aragon, Madrid!

Ok so I am back from a wonderful trip to my beloved Madrid. And started reminicents of my old times there and the things I saw change. Well it has not impacted me much as lucky enough to visit the city several times after i left it from four beautiful years living there. However, even without pictures today one spot impacted me to see it empty and like to tell you about it. To know, the Cine Aragon is closed since 2005. Promise last post on Madrid ::)

When my stay in Madrid, my mother would scrap some money ,pesetas, to take me to the movies. We did not have much money then in the old regime, and were very happy to go to the movies once a month. As we live off metro Quintana line 5 exit on Calle de Alcalà 331, the closest to us even on foot was the Cine Aragon at Calle de Alcalà 334!

This was a very modern cinema for the times , and we were very happy to be there. I went in several times and was able to bring in my girlfriend then dear late wife Martine. They close early so no time to bring my sons once in France. The memories will lingered forever as one of the warmest nicest places that attach me forever to my beloved Madrid, Cine Aragon it was!

A bit of history I like

On February 8, 1954, another cinema with the name of Cine Aragon opened in the Ctra. De Aragon 124 ; it will become Calle de Alcalà 334 in honor of its location, with the program in continuous session “Al diablo la celebridad” (to hell the celebrity), and   Mundos Opuestos (opposite worlds). It was inserted in a residential building and had a wide facade where they placed their billboards. The entrance was preceded by steps that gave way to a high hall with two stairs, one at each end, under one of which were the lockers. Four entrances gave way to the cinema room, with a slope towards the screen and a high plaster ceiling. It was decorated in reddish tones and had a capacity of 1500 seats distributed between the patio and the amphitheater. In the upper part a large lounge and the bar, next to which the toilets were installed, in front of these, two corridors led us to the amphitheater that developed vertiginously until reaching the projection windows.

In 1997, during the screening of the movie “Rescate” (Rescue) a fire filled the cinema room with smoke and caused it to be evicted. The material damages were substantial. The place remained closed until August 1998, when it reopened completely renovated with a single room with capacity for 550 spectators, with several seats convertible into a single special for couples. In August of 2005 after the screening of “Ninnete” the Cine Aragon closed forever. Then came the decomposition and this time the El Corte Inglés, at the head with Sfera store left us orphaned of the cinema. Today there are Poly toys store last check.

This is a sad trend in Madrid and Spain in general. The last 50 years shows the gradual decline of cinemas. In this period it has fallen from the peak of 161 cinemas in 1969 to the current 31, in Madrid , the lowest figure, reached in 2015 and currently maintained. After the Cine Ideal, the oldest still open are the Doré (1923), Callao (1926), Palacio de la Prensa (1929), Capitol (1931) and Projecciones (1931) (I have posted on the cinemas highlighter in my blog) . Today, 31 are still cinemas, 30 are dedicated to catering, 24 are currently unused stores, 17 are supermarkets, 17 are other stores (11 of them clothing), 16 are theaters and another 16 are gyms. And we call that advancement in the future world, so sad!

No webpage and no photos, just a souvenir of mine that I wanted to establish forever in my blog , I hope. Cine Aragon was a happy humble small moment for me but a huge impact in my life and on Madrid itself forever. From Madrid to heaven and a hole in the sky to look down on it everyday! Hope you enjoy the old story!

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

 

 

 

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September 30, 2019

Restaurant: El Anciano Rey de los Vinos, Madrid!

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

And sadly, this will be my last post of the new series from my August 2019 visit to my beloved Madrid. I am back but already planning to be back at the latest next year lol! thank you for following me along this most personal series.  From Madrid to heaven and a hole in the sky to look down on it every day!!!

The first time I ran into the El Anciano Rey de los Vinos was back in 1972! I was a poor young teen then but was taken by an older gentlemen of a group of friends who was trying to impress us with his knowledge and purchasing power. He did!

I was fascinated by it and promise one day to come back here. Well it took me a while until 1990 on a visit that came here for tapas and a glass of wine. Afterward and on my married life came here several times usually for a quick drink and tapas. Until this year , when came with my young men sons on a nostalgic trip this time without our dear mom and wife Martine. We were strolling the town and were coming back from the Jardines de Sabatini and the Campo del Moro and it was time to eat.

I made it a point to hold on the hunger until we reach the El Anciano Rey de los Vinos, which is very close to the Almudena Cathedral and a few steps from the Royal Palace on Calle de Bailén. It is one of those bars full of grandparents and people from the neighborhood, and it has been there since 1909. Red facade , colored tiles, high ceilings, carved columns, centuries-old lamps and a mirror rescued from an old tavern on Calle de Trafalgar, today it is still the decoration of this typical Madrid tavern.

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The EL Anciano Rey de los Vinos is a classic tapas bar in Madrid. As you enter, there are large plates full of skewers in addition to a list of wines, tapas and portions. Vermouth is made with white wine macerated with herbs and spices that give it its characteristic caramel color. The tradition of the vermouth of grifo takes centuries in the culture of Madrid and lately it has become fashionable again. Served with its olive and a slice of orange, it is refreshing and the perfect drink for the appetizer. And in the El Anciano Rey de los Vinos they put it with a tapa!

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There is the option of sitting at one of the restaurant’s tables and ordering portions such as chicken strips in cabrales, broken egg skillet, ham croquettes or sirloin with goat cheese. The El Anciano Rey de los Vinos has all the classic tapas and some others that you will like. The most typical of this tasca is sweet wine, more specifically bottled wine and labeled with the name El Anciano (the elder). They usually serve it with a round cookie made with egg yolk!

In 2009, on the occasion of the centenary, el regalito del torito (the gift of the bull) was created, a traditional dish but with a renewed recipe, and is today the star dish of the house. This is oxtail wrapped in phyllo dough with sauce and piquillo pepper.

As for the decoration, they have not changed much in the more than one hundred years they have been. The walls are painted yellow and have white and green tiles. Behind the bar is a mirror surrounded by blackboards with prices and variety of wines. The tables are white marble and iron and the bar has high wooden stools. There is nothing too sophisticated, but it does have very nice lamps and some images of old Madrid.  It is an authentic experience that has not changed, although the vermouth has become fashionable or people have learned of its status as a Madrid classic. The El Anciano Rey de los Vinos is everything you can ask for from your tapas experience. There is even a terrace for good weather, although it is often full and I personally prefer the bar noise. There is something special about the noise of people chatting with friends with enthusiasm!

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The El Anciano Rey de los Vinos is always located at Calle de Bailén, 19, hours from Wednesdays to Mondays from 9h to 00h; the closest metro is Opera line 2.

The building dates from 1886, the year in which the Casa Pedro Martínez house is installed, where coffee was sold, pumkin and tea .. There was, at that time, a botillería ( bakery) whose name was the same as that of its owner, Casa Pedro Martínez, who was famous for its pout coffee, brandy and his tea. That Don Pedro gave his business to Luis Montón who would be in charge of it until 1942. The new owner was called Abilio Manzanar Ortega, it was he who hired a young man of fifteen to work in the tavern. This young man, Constancio Cortés, would be its next owner. Currently, it is the daughter of him, María Belén Cortés who is in charge of the business.

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Being in such an emblematic neighborhood, there are many public figures and personalities who parade through this tavern. It is said that king Alfonso XIII escaped through the tunnels of the palace to come here. When Franco died, the tavern was closed for three days, even at night for all the hustle and bustle that was experienced. They were equally entertained during the days before and after the royal marriage, that of the then Princes of Asturias but before and after a lot of movement was noticed, such as the coronation day of Felipe VI.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here and you must are

Official El Anciano Rey de los Vinos

Tourist office of Madrid on the El Anciano Rey de los Vinos

And my Yelp review fav site on them here: Yelp reviews of the El Anciano Rey de los Vinos

The El Anciano Rey de los Vinos forever! A Madrid institution to be visited and savored and enjoy the views of Royal status. Hope you like this entry and thank you again for reading my series on my beloved Madrid

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

 

September 29, 2019

Restaurant: La Fiebre, Madrid!

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

And while in my beloved Madrid and a game of Real Madrid was on, needed a quick place to see with good ambiance. Nothing better than to ask the locals at the bar as well as the BB apartment we were staying. 100 Montaditos and LAPEPA. !And the verdict was go to La Fiebre! Ok so not been there before but did not want to take a long trek to my usual places near the stadium so we went for it La Fiebre it was! And what a great time we had!!!

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The moment we walk in immediately the conversation started , well sort of. I just say I wanted to see the game of Real Madrid vs Valladolid that was on that night! Right away the staff came over us and a nice looking lady and very kind took me and my sons to the back , the VIP room lol!! TV on all walls nice low level seats small tables slighlty lit we were in heavens!!! Soon ,thereafter a couple of groups of 4 came in as well and before you knew it the uuhh and ahhh were going all over the place lol!! And the pints too mind you lol! And the game was badly played and we tied 1X1!

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La Fiebre (the fever) is at Calle del Principe just before Plaza de Santa Ana which  is a great tourist attraction for those who come to eat at this bar after a long walk. The La Fiebre is a great get together and excellent football/soccer/sports screen TV all over to watch the games. In addition, their generous empanadas, their tasty nachos and their perfectly elaborated tapas are among those dishes that should not be missed at La Fiebre. Do not miss the opportunity to try their good cold beer which we did with Paulaner, Guinness beers. This place has extraordinary frapes too among its drinks, and a nice selection of non alcoholic drinks as well. . The warm atmosphere of this place allows you to relax after a hard day at work or just a long walk in the city!

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We were charmed by the exterior decor, and the interior was even better! Very cozy bar with sofas or chairs to sip a cocktail, eat small dishes or desserts. Cool and relaxed atmosphere. Super nice place, nice atmosphere and nice waiters. A pleasant time spent in this small bar very cozy and warm. Note, the 2 tables of the entrance on the sides very nice to feel the atmosphere of the street and very romantic me think!

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It has no webpage, Calle del Principe 16-18 is it and the Yelp reviews will help the others as I am convince already La Fiebre is a great place. Yelp reviews on La Fiebre

Been on a nice architecturally and historical area of my beloved Madrid and an interesting street, let me dwell a bit on the history I like here please

Its fine layout unites two of the most beautiful squares in Madrid, the Plaza de Canalejas with that of Plaza de Santa Ana, two exquisite enclosures that endure the passing of the years with ease. Calle del Principe is destined to unite forever a path full of history, a delicious walk that encloses, in one of its corners, a legend of love and spirits.

The first thing that I like to clarify is to which prince is dedicated this discreet street although you will not have it so easy. With the Calle del Principe there are several theories as its name. One is that it is due to Felipe II, or that it was named to commemorate the birth of Felipe IV, however, other writers say that the route was dedicated to Muley Xeque, Prince of Fez and Morocco, known as the Black Prince.

To give no doubts , we are going to resort to our most universal writer, Miguel de Cervantes, who when writing the Viaje del Parnaso or Journey of the Parnassus, at that time he lived rented house in Calle de Huertas and tells us that he lives next to the Palace of the Black Prince. Therefore, it seems that the last hypothesis, thanks to the writer’s note, is the one that charges the most truth!!

In it the Corral de la Pacheca and the Corral del Príncipe were located, the latter in the place where the Teatro Español (Spanish Theater) is currently located! Nice history of my beloved Madrid!

So, therefore, do visit La Fiebre and Calle del Principe in lovely Madrid! And remember, happy travels , good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

 

September 29, 2019

Restaurant: Alboraya and Los Alpes, Madrid!

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

Now I will tell you about two historical and emblematic places of my beloved Madrid. They are in tourist prone center, but a short ride away by metro will take you to these two landmarks of Madrid. Let me tell you a bit about them in my blog, hope you enjoy it as we do

The Heladeria Los Alpes (ice cream parlor the Alps) was founded in 1950. The founders were a marriage of Italian and Spanish and today, their grandchildren continue to run the business and follow the original Italian recipe of their grandfather improved by the second generation of the family.

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They make more than 80 different flavors and select the raw material from those places where it is best: lemons, from Murcia. the hazelnut, from Reus, the pistachio, from Sicily. Everything is fresh and without preservatives . Excellence and personal self-demand have made Los Alpes one of the best traditional ice cream parlors in the entire Comunidad de Madrid. Wide variety of ice cream and also horchatas, slushies, milkshakes, waffles, tiramisu etc

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Their address at Calle Arcipreste de Hita,6 almost behind the Calle de la Princesa before reaching Faro de Moncloa. metro Moncloa (the closest) and Arguelles takes you here. We were up in the area and I wanted to take my sons here so we walk from Plaza de España up Calle de la Princesa to just before you see the Faro de Moncloa turn right into Calle de Fernando el Catolico and then left into Calle Arciprete de Hita to the store on your right hand side. If you take the metro line 3 to Moncloa come out and go away from Faro de Moncloa on your left hand side is the Calle Fernando el Catolico take left and then left into Arciprete de Hita. Enjoy it as we did!!!

Official Heladeria Los Alpes

Tourist office of Madrid on Heladeria Los Alpes

And for reviews on it have it in English for Yelp: Yelp reviews on Heladeria Los Alpes

Now this is a very old drink even from Egyptian times ,in Spain, the origin of Horchata, comes from the city of Alboraya, in the Comunidad de Valencia. It is a typical sweet drink that is usually accompanied by fartons that regulars like to eat by soaking them before in the horchata. It is the tigernut or chufa as we call it in Spain, very popular and we love it each time there. Very refreshing in Summers.

The best is Horchatería Alboraya. Two addresses in Madrid: Calle de Alcalá, 125 (where we tasted right off metro Principe de Vergara metro lines 2 and 9) and Avenida Felipe II, 26 (where we saw it too). The tradition of this place begins with the grandparents, who cultivated their first tigernut in Alboraya in 1960. Then, the next generation founded the first Alboraya tiger nut milk factory in Madrid. Their motto is to develop the best tiger nut milk from the fields of their grandparents and to offer the best artisan ice cream in the city. With great ice creams like the traditional meringue milk flavor, or smoothies like the fantastic mango flavor. Today, the third generation aspires the same work by working only with quality products filled with flavors.

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This is great just where I grew up not far really, not far from Retiro Park on the famous Calle de Alcalà (mine!) and a family tradition at its best. It is just on the other side away from Puerta de Alcalà and not too many visitors go this way but they should, the real Madrid awaits you. And institutions like this one, the very best of Spain in Madrid.

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Official Horchateria Alboraya

Tourist office of Madrid on Horchateria Alboraya at Alcalà

And for reviews on it have it in English here: Yelp reviews on Horchateria Alboraya

And there you go an awesome one two punch in two opposite poles of the wonderful city of Madrid. The Los Alpes and Alboraya are perfect examples why life in Madrid is a dream and visiting an event each time. Hope you enjoy the post and do come for a taste of the real Madrid. You know what I said, From Madrid to heaven and a hole in the sky to look down on it every day!YES!

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

 

 

 

September 29, 2019

Restaurant: La Rollerie, Madrid!

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

Well, here is another first. While walking in my beloved Madrid and looking for changes to the landscape and places! we ,notice this place passing by going towards the Puerta del Sol from our apartment BB in Plaza de las Cortes.  We first notice and then on another day came back to try it. It was a pleasant surprise even if the prices are for the tourist incline in my opinion, the quality and the service is tops. The La Rollerie chain is something I would try again! And their latest address at Carrera San Jéronimo is super!

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The La Rollerie of the Barrio de las Letras holds a surprise, a greenhouse in which you can breathe peace and in which you can choose your favorite corner under its vines, in the greenhouse, in front of the fountain or on its rocker. Our place the property at Carrera de San Jeronimo, 26, their newest property!

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There are already four La Rolleries in Madrid all with the same menu, same offer that goes from morning to night, own workshop, and a great novelty: a space so green and relaxing that you will not believe you are in the middle of Madrid hectic noisy days.

Our visit took place in what was the classic store of the Spanish Musical Union, it is a large place on the corner with stained glass windows, lamps and ceiling lamps of 1925 that remain exactly the same now that the instruments have left room for the pastries, the workshop and the kitchen of this new restaurant and cafe.

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Same menu and offer as in the rest, and that goes from morning to night, including breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner, but served in a space very different from the others. On the first floor (street level) of the premises, the flagship trees of La Rollerie and a large central bar to eat attract attention. And, above all, the tubas of an old organ behind the counter that belonged to the old music store.

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The second floor, converted into a Provencal garden and courtyard, into a botanical garden, with a roof of vines and transformed corners flower kiosks. The tables are all different and, one of them, has even a swing. It is a chic oasis where you can isolate yourself from the noise of Madrid. Four types of brunch every day of the week taken on a swing surrounded by flowers! Sublime, a must to visit.

official La Rollerie on Carrera de San Jeronimo

My favorite Yelp reviews on La Rollerie of Carrera de San Jeronimo

And there you go another dandy place to spend a wonderful time in Centro Madrid. However the decoration and vegetation will transport you to the countryside, good food ,good service indeed we will be back price included! La Rollerie is worth it

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

 

 

 

September 28, 2019

Restaurant: Las Bravas , Madrid!

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

Ok this one was a first. I have been several times by this neighborhood but never got into this restaurant. It must be the multitude of choices that is hard to visit them all lol! However, it was a pleasant surprise and we enjoy coming here at Las Bravas! Even thus i know why not been before, in the competition for the patatas bravas I have my old neighborhood one as the best!

Las Bravas is a bar with a solera of more than 80 years whose specialty is white potatoes, made with a slightly spicy artisan sauce as patatas bravas, very popular in the city. The prices are popular, just over 4 euros one of bravas in bar in 2019. Something can vary if they are served on the terrace of the Pasaje de Matheu.

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Las Bravas have three location, the oldest at calle de Álvarez Gato, 3 , the Pasaje de Matheu, 5 (where we went this time) , and Calle de  Espoz y Mina, 13. This is a small family business turned into a mini-chain of taverns in the heart of the city. It’s specialty is the ration of potatoes with a genuine and original brave sauce that does not bite too much, patented in 1960 . It is mandatory to order bread and share the dish! . Although it has three stores, the most famous is that of Álvarez Gato for the concave and convex mirrors cited by Valle-Inclán in the play Luces de Bohemia or Bohemiann lights.

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The first to open in 1933 was that of the Calle de Álvarez Gato, known for the concave and convex mirrors that inspired Valle-Inclán in his eerie work  Luces de Bohemia or Bohemian Lights. Today those mirrors still exist next to the shop windows.  And in 1963 the second store on Calle de Espoz y Mina was opened, about forty meters from the previous one. Both very close to the Plaza de Santa Ana.  Eleven years later, the third was opened in the Pasaje de Matheu, the closest to the Puerta del Sol. It has an outdoor terrace where it is a pleasure to take some bravas with a caña (glass of cold beer)! And we were here!!!

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The premises of Las Bravas are at the core of populous streets and full of bars that are located between the Puerta del Sol and the neighborhood of Barrio de las Letras. I say by the thousands lol!

We have not tried of course but now ;it is also possible to take packaged food to eat in the street, at home or in the hotel. It is a slightly cheaper way of eating the same. The sauce is packaged separately to pour over the potatoes or whatever has been ordered. This allows to heat the product and the sauce to taste.

Everything influences at the time of its elaboration: the cut of the potato, the temperature of the oil or the point of the sauce, which regardless of its flavor, color and texture, is made with flour, onion and paprika or with a stir-fry Tomato and paprika as a base. Even so, there are many places that also bet on their mixed version, with mayonnaise or accompanying aioli. Both options are always a safe bet. Buen provecho!!!

The official webpage: Official Las Bravas

You will have a great time here, very local lots of conversation, friendly service and good prices to enjoy the best of the Spanish cuisine; Las Bravas is it as in Madrid!

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

 

 

September 28, 2019

Restaurant: Real Café Bernabeu, Madrid!

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

Well 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. On every visit to Madrid we cannot missed been at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium and have at least a glass here at the wonderful Real Café Bernabeu. So will be brief on this post::)

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Let me start briefly by showing a couple of my previous posts on the Real Madrid CF and the Real Café Bernabeu and me in Madrid!

My previous post Madrid and the Bernabeu

My previous post Real Madrid CF always on the move

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!

My story this time is we arrive without reservations and my sons were worry not to be allowed in, and the front desk guy asked us if had reservations! I just simply show my Madridista credentials and he yelled back he is one of us!! immediately a table was setup see picture and we had prime view of the stadium again: it goes without saying Real Madrid all the way!!

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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 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 of Real Café Bernabéu opens from 10h and is one of the best options for a drink in Madrid. There is a valet service.

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Some additional webpages to help you plan your trip here and you must lol!

Official unique Real Café Bernabeu site

Official Real Madrid CF site on the Real Cafe Bernabeu

Official tourist office of Madrid on the Real Cafe Bernabeu

And there you go a dandy full throttle place to be chic and sporty sitting with the best is always royal like Real, at the Real Café Bernabeu in the cathedral of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium! Enjoy it

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

 

 

September 27, 2019

Shopping: La Vaguada, Madrid!

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

Ok so I took my boys again as did with their dear late mom /wife Martine on several occasions. She loved to shop and we needed to visit stores , shopping centers in our trips to balance the load of the vacation. I took them here and it was a hit , came back afterward.  The fact that AlCampo (Auchan in France) and great restaurants to sit in cool environment and see the locals in their daily routine was strong enough for a visit.

A bit on this history to add to my previous post in my blog here : My previous blog post on La Vaguada mall

The Centro Comercial La Vaguada is a shopping mall located in the Barrio del Pilar with the metro of same name line 9 in the district of Fuencarral-El Pardo . It was the first shopping center that opened in Madrid!

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It is a rectangular building with 5 floors. Two of them, below ground level, configure the parking lot for 3600 vehicles, while the other three the actual commercial area, in which the vegetation stands out through the use of hanging planters. It has a traditional market, in addition to various anchor stores, such as department stores and hypermarkets. In addition, it has a pharmacy, tobacconist, post office. On the terrace floor there are cinemas and most of the catering offer.

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There were hundreds of people camped in tents outside the building, with banners, doing the impossible to stop it. The construction was not popular as usual by the same crowd that claims ecologists today. Today, 35 years later, La Vaguada is a resounding and unprecedented success in the city. What was the first major shopping center in Madrid perhaps Spain remains the leader in influx!! Yes indeed!! And I came here many times over the years visiting the city!

It was the Frenchman Jean Louis Solal, the father of shopping centers in Europe, who had the occurrence of choosing Madrid to expand, since there was no commercial area of that size in Spain. He chose some land northwest of Madrid, almost outside, owned by José Banús, known for the port of Marbella that bears his name and also for having built the Valle de los Caidos . Banús had built the neighborhood during the 1960s in a flood style, with large towers a short distance from each other, and had become one of the most densely populated areas in Europe.

The French immediately thought of Canarian César Manrique, an artist well known for his work in Lanzarote and that in 1981 was at the height of his career: He was the ideal person, because Manrique was related to environmentalism and nature His work mixes architecture and vegetation, which is basically what the promoters and the city/town hall wanted, and the French considered that their media pull would help change public opinion. It did!!!

Everything happened so that the El Corte Inglés take over the large premises, was key to the future of the center. It was tried but nothing, they didn’t want it. The Galerias Preciados stayed with it, but as soon as closed down the chain , the EL Corte Inglés took them over and went in !. Yes, Alcampo (Auchan in France), C&A and Mc Donald’s, the deans of the place, were there from the beginning. Of course, having Alcampo, El Corte Inglés, the local sporting goods store Decimas, Yves Rocher, Sephora, Lego, Disney Store, Cortefiel, Orange stores as well as 100 Montaditos, TGIFridays, VIPS, Casa Carmen, Cañas y Tapas restaurants is a bonus!

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The Centro Comercial La Vaguada opened its doors on October 24, 1983. After all, the La Vaguada is one of those works, such as the Torre de España, which are not jewels of architecture but are enlarged over time. It may not happen to the history of architecture, but it is undoubtedly a milestone in the sociological history of Madrid. The sidewalk of the Calle de Monforte de Lemos, the street where the commercial center is located, is the busiest in the neighborhood. It is the town square!! Indeed!

Official La Vaguada mall

Tourist office of Madrid on La Vaguada mall

A lovely neighborhood place to soak the local culture and ambiance away from the tourist center; enjoy La Vaguada!

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

 

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September 27, 2019

Shopping: Moda Shopping Mall, Madrid!

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

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

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

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

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

Official Moda Shopping Mall

Tourist office of Madrid on Moda Shopping Mall

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

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

 

 

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