Posts tagged ‘Real Madrid’

August 9, 2017

Some news from France and Spain

 

Hello y’all, this is my last post before my long summer vacation in Spain, and won’t be back to the last day in August. Therefore, I like to thank you all for following my blog up to now and looking forward to more posts for all to enjoy including me ::)

Here in my lovable Morbihan it is sunny ! temps around 18C or 60F Méteo France calls for rain in the afternoon but can’t tell by looking out.  In fact they call for rain into the night …..The Weather Channel has it at 62F cloudy with risk of rain by midday…well I am looking out bright sunny no clouds oh well here goes the weather again.

Paris is at 64F cloudy as well ……and chance of rain today and tomorrow. Madrid is at 73F a bit cloudy but no rain, hey where is the heat wave !! well it says goes up to 95F by Sunday!

A bit more on both countries coming up.

The INSEE, the French statistical office has an increase in tourist for the 2nd trimester of 2017 with hotel nights at 56,6 Millions or a 6,3 % increase over same period last year. The foreign visitors are back with an increase of 10% and it tells France could reach 88-89 million visitors this year or an increase of 5-6% over 2016. Of course, if all else stays the same. Like the latest attempt in Levalois-Perret (92) outside Paris of military Sentinelle security personnel been run over by a car with 6 wounded ,two serious but not death threatening just this morning.

Know about tourism in France from the official French page here: http://uk.france.fr/

In Spain things are popping, according to the provisions of the Spanish hoteliers, Confederation Espanhola de Hoteles y Alojamientos Turisticos (CEHAT) ,they expect 56,7 million hotel nights or an increase of 8,8% over the same period last year. On the whole, they expect to have 80 million visitors this year 2017. The main foreign market is the UK and even the Brexit still has not cause any differences. They have increase by 14% the visits to Spain and increase expending by 19%. IN the long range visitors, the leading market is the USA with an increase of 19,4%, the Asians 34,5% (Japan, China,South Korea,and India), all due to better air connections, weak Euro and terrorist insecurity elsewhere.

Know about tourism in Spain from the official Spanish page here: http://www.spain.info/en/actividades/

There is a new contest on popularity by the site El Viajero Fisgon, that gives the favorite town of the Spaniards to visit. These are in order Ronda, Pastrana, Albarracín, Cadaqués (Cataluña), Alcalá de Júcar (Castilla-La Mancha), Cudillero (Asturias), Santillana del Mar (Cantabria), La Alberca (Castilla y León), Trujillo (Extremadura), Colmenar de Oreja (Madrid), Frigiliana (Málaga), Hondarribia (País Vasco), Altea (Valencia) ,and Vejer de la Frontera (Andalucía) to name a few. More here: http://www.elviajerofisgon.com/

And have you heard the news lately, the song Despacito by Luis Fonsi has become the first video to surpass the 3M views in Youtube and the most likes in history! The video has been seen in 40 countries with translations.  I would not post the video here but easy to find in YouTube.

Why people comes to Spain, well for sun and beach , but not really there is so much to see.  Unesco declares 46 sites for world heritage sites only the third country behind Italy (53) and China (52) and surpassing France (43) and Germany(42)!

Some statistics from Wikipedia ,Eurostat;etc on most hit cities to come:

París is the Unesco Heritage site most recherche

Number of Visits in Wikipedia to these sites during  2015,en millions. París,6,82 m; Rome,5,76 m,,Istanbul,4,78 mi,,Auschwitz,4,64 m, Statue of Liberty NYC;4,09m, The Great Wall of China,3,82 mi,Taj Mahal,3,69 m,Vienna,3,48 m,Budapest,3,43 m,Vatican City,3,34 m,Mexico City,3,26 m,Prague,3,25 m,Pompeii Italy,3,17 m,Venice Italy,3,16 m,Machu Picchu Peru,3,02 m,Moscow,2,81 m,Warsaw Poland,2,7 m,Rio de Janeiro,2,49 m,Stonehenge,2,46 m. Etc etc

And something not done yet, but have folks doing it and sure one to pop over is camping cars. Some tips from Erwyn Himer Group.

To choose the model, caravaning market you have basically four types, the Camper, freer movement, Capuchina, space with bedroom for driver, families or groups, Integrated almost like a bus design and the profil with good quality price ratio. The speed for camping cars is 90 KPH on conventional roads and 100 KPH in expressways/motorways. Parking is allow on designated areas for campings. The rights such as shower, lavabo, and sink need to be empty in spaces designated for that. The leftout water are to be kept in tanks and to evacuate them need to find a sewer or pvc exit pipe like.  Like I said ,not an expert but always curious about them for later on in life ….. more on this here: http://www.erwinhymergroup.com/?lang=en

And where I am going next, well Spain all over the Castilla and Leon and Castilla La Mancha regions. Base here:

 

Enjoy your vacations as I am looking forward to enjoy mine, today is my last day at work lol!!!  Happy camper indeed!!! And a road warrior soon on the motorways of France and Spain!! Cheers

August 6, 2017

My new home of Pluvigner in the Morbihan Breton XX

Here we are on a tranquil Sunday midday already and a bit cloudy temps at 19C about 67F. And time to stop and reflect on my blog and new things coming up.

We are preparing our long summer vacation in our beloved Spain, right with all the family;sad my Dad will stay behind as too frail to do much walking. We have what is call here operation tranquilité vacances; where you can alert the gendarmerie police that the house is empty for vacation and who stayed behind like senior citizens; the police will make rounds to your house even check if doors are well closed etc.

The packing is done with all involved , well me I am always vacation ready so have my things on a corner ready to go already lol!!  The boys will need to organize their equipment ::) video games dvd, iphones etc cables chargers all the works. The brochure for sightseeing all pack, and map ideas done.

We are traveling by car all the way by non tolls roads as we do not like to travel paying taxes ! All the way down to Pau, where we will rest in a hotel for the night before the second leg straight to our house in the mountains of the Serrania de Cuenca at 1400 meters high. We have done this trips before so we have our stopping point for rest, eat, and shop along the way even in the Pyrénées mountains (more of this on our return in late August/early September. The weather calls for cloudy but no rains temps from 13C to 27C depending on the day and whether morning or afternoon, so nice for car travel!!!

I like to thanks all those who follow, read, comment ,like my blog along the years since November 2010 ,it has been a wonderful experience and I thank my friend from Madrid who encourage me to do it on WordPress. Again many thanks to all, you make it enjoyable.

It has been 465 111 views of my posts with the highest day at 977!!! 865 comments, and 331 blogs followers. My viewers are from countries of my original intention and prove correct. Most come from the USA and France, with bit down the line UK, Germany,Canada, Spain, Italy,Brazil, Netherlands, and Poland; and more. I have already 1057 posts !!! not counting this one…

While still here will be able to watch the UEFA Super Cup in Skopje August 8th between my Real Madrid FC vs Manchester United. More here: http://www.uefa.com/uefasupercup/index.html#/pg

And while in Spain, I will be to watch live! the Super Cup of Spain between my Real Madrid FC vs Barcelona on August 13(at Barcelona), 16(at Madrid) two match series. More here: http://www.realmadrid.com/en/football/games/spanish-super-cup

Then, on August 23rd in Madrid , we host the 38th edition of the trophy or Trofeo Bernabeu  against guest club Fiorentina of Italy. More here: http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2017/07/the-xxxvii-santiago-bernabeu-trophy-will-be-played-on-23-august-against-fiorentina

And the official La Liga Santander, first division starts on August 20th vs Deportivo La Coruña at Riazor to kick off the season; second game at home vs Valencia August 27th. The key games as usual the derby  against Atletico Madrid will be on matchday 12 (the weekend of November 19th) at the Wanda Metropolitano and matchday 31, either the 7th or 8th April, at the Santiago Bernabéu. And the  Clasico at home on matchday 17, which will be played on Wednesday, December 20th. The return tie will be played on matchday 36, on the weekend of May 6th.  The full schedule here: http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2017/07/presenting-real-madrids-2017-18-laliga-schedule

My temple, Santiago Bernabeu stadium: http://www.realmadrid.com/en/santiago-bernabeu-stadium

The Club World Cup this year played in the United Arab Emirates will be held December 13  with the semifinals leg and a team to be determine. We are here thanks for being the reigning European Champions. More on this tournament here:http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2017/07/real-madrid-to-kick-off-club-world-cup-campaign-on-13-december

Our junior team the Castilla Real Madrid pending confirmation will begin their league 2nd B group I ,on August 20th vs Rayo Majadahonda .More on them and the rest of the farm clubs of Real Madrid here: http://www.realmadrid.com/en/football/academy/castilla

The basketball section of Real Madrid which of course, I ,also, follow will start with the Liga Endesa on September 30th,October 1st vs Retabet Bilbao Basket at the WiZink Center.  The first Clásico will take place on Matchday 8, on 11 or 12 November at the WiZink Center with the return being played on the weekend of 10 and 11 March, corresponding to Matchday 22. The derbies against Movistar Estudiantes will be on Matchday 14 at home on the weekend of 30 and 31 December and n Matchday 31 on 5 or 6 May. More on the schedule here: http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2017/07/real-madrid-retabet-bilbao-basket-in-the-first-round-of-the-endesa-league

The Euroleague will have the Real Madrid at the home of Anadolu Efes in Istanbul on Thursday the 12th of October, and will close out the Regular Season at home against Brose Bamberg on the 6th of April 2018.  The Clàsico here vs Barcelona of the season will be played on match day 12 at the WiZink Center on the 14th of December, with the return leg on match day 23 at the Palau, on the 23rd of February 2018  More here with schedules:  http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2017/07/real-madrids-fixtures-revealed-for-the-euro-league-2017-18

The Endesa Super Cup will be Real Madrid vs Herbalife Gran Canaria  on Friday the 22nd of September at the island court. The other semi-final sees Valencia Basket take on Unicaja de Malaga. It will be the seventh consecutive season that Real Madrid have taken part in the Endesa Super Cup, having already won the trophy on three occasions (2012, 2013 and 2014). More here: http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2017/07/real-madrid-to-face-herbalife-gran-canaria-in-the-endesa-super-cup-2017

The WiZink Center for basketball is modern, wonderful right in the city close to the center, a long way from the originals arenas and the one I went first Vista Alegre!!! More on the new Center here: http://www.realmadrid.com/en/basketball/arena

To start your history with the club, Madridista card is perfect for all no matter where you live; the road starts here, and I encourage my readers to be Madridistas, of course ::) More here: (oh by the way Socio is tops ::)) http://www.realmadrid.com/en/fans

So, therefore, I will have plenty of football/soccer to see even on vacation lol!! Can’t be too far from it;my lifelong club is like a family with many friends along the years because of it.In Spain and abroad.

Be good, happy travels, enjoy it now not later, and keep up with the blog please ::) Thanks and Cheers y’all.

 

 

 

 

May 1, 2017

Madrid and my Bernabeu and Elipa!

Two memorable parks of my youth one and of always the other, without them Madrid will be just another city in my world map. I grew up there, playing baseball in the Elipa and part of the Real Madrid organization in Benjamin division at casa de Campo, the old training and field grounds ,then became a Madridista for life and Bernabeu is my second home.

Another chance to be by Madrid and of course, could not resist in stopping by even if there were no games just been around these places is special to me. Lucky enough to be able to be back and see them often.

The temperature was nice and sunny around the 23C (73F)  in the afternoons and going down to 10C  (50F) in the evenings. A nice way to walk the city.

I first went to the Elipa park or the Parque Municipal de la Elipa; this is part of my district where I used to lived in the 70’s. It is surrounded in the north by El Carmen (near mine in Quintana) neighborhood , east by the cementary La Almudena (of Cathedral fame)  , to the south by the neighborhood of Moratalaz, and to the west the avenida de la Paz (or the beltway M-30) . It is part of the neighborhood of Ventas (of the bullfight arena monumental fame),and the district is Ciudad Lineal (same as mine), in Madrid.

I always came here by bus in my times it was the P13 and with the new EMT Madrid transport of modern Spain, the numbers were change,and now is the line 113. In 2007, (finally) ,they open a metro line 2 La Elipa , that is at the intersection of the streets avenida del Marqués de Corbera and calle Santa Felicidad.

I played for a team sponsored by the Real Madrid FC organization with the same name in a league of about 8 teams, most of the equipement was provided by the US air force base at Torrejon de Ardoz. Some of the teams I remember other than mine were, the Rayo Vallecano, Atlético de Madrid, Condepols, Piratas, Abraham Lincoln school, and the US air base team. The Spanish were learning the sport of Baseball and it was fun to be able to teach as well as played.

Today the Madrid baseball/softball federation is base there with a training school and the sports field has been enlarged to offer programs in Basketball, Baseball, Football, indoor football, musculation and gym, swimming, padel, tennis, table tenis,and Volleyball. Also, a batting cage for practices batting the baseball,and nudist zone. More info here in Spanish from the city (sorry for the length) :  http://www.madrid.es/portales/munimadrid/es/Inicio/El-Ayuntamiento/Deportes/Centro-Deportivo-Municipal-La-Elipa?vgnextfmt=default&vgnextoid=f6b842be9971c010VgnVCM1000000b205a0aRCRD&vgnextchannel=cb1a171c30036010VgnVCM100000dc0ca8c0RCRD&idioma=es&idiomaPrevio=es

And the Madrid baseball and softball federation org is here: http://fmbs.org/

And in Spanish what the Real Madrid baseball club won, the best of its time as well ! https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secci%C3%B3n_de_B%C3%A9isbol_del_Real_Madrid_Club_de_F%C3%BAtbol

I walked from my hotel along calle del Pez Volador and calle del Dr Esquerdo along parque de Roma, you see the Spain tower of television and radio RTVE, a sight indeed, and then crossing the passarelle bridge over the beltway M-30 (that was just finished when I left Madrid in 1974 for good), and into the street on the other side turning left you go to a traffic circle and then see the signs for La Elipa ,follow it and you are there in 15 minutes! A memorable trip and photos that now I can show my sons until August which we will be back and can show in person. memories forever of my Madrid!!!

Of course, on the way back with time between flights, left Madrid T4 terminal to go and pay a visit to the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu and a chance to have lunch by there. The Real Café Bernabéu was closed for lunch already to headed for the restaurant TGIF in the La Esquina del Bernabeu building by the plaza del Sagrado Corazon,and avenida Concha Espina.

Real Café Bernabeu link: http://www.realcafebernabeu.es/

The restaurant was great as usual and I ask to hurry up as needed to get back to the airport and they did it very fast, my burger, bacon and fries and a jarra or pint of Mahou Cinco Estrellas Madrid beer; all with a nice view of the square or plaza Sagrado Corazon.

The TGIF link: http://www.tgifridays.es/restaurantes/fridays-bernabeu

Before,had my walk on the mythical stadium. The link: http://www.realmadrid.com/en/santiago-bernabeu-stadium

The tourist office link in English: https://www.esmadrid.com/en/tourist-information/santiago-bernabeu-stadium

I have been to the stadium several times over my life and never enough. I always dream of living not far from it and just spend my times there , around and inside…. It is what the true fan wish for all our lives.  Did you know that Don Santiago Bernabéu’s  mother was Cuban from Camagüey? And that he had no child from his wife(since 1940 who died in 1987) Maria Valenciano! http://www.corazonblanco.com/wiki/don_santiago_bernabeu

Why we name the stadium: http://www.realmadrid.com/en/about-real-madrid/history/presidents/santiago-bernabeu

History and description of the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, http://stadiumdb.com/stadiums/esp/estadio_santiago_bernabeu

When I go , always go for the Fondo Sur (south) bleechers by the avenida Concha Espina, you can have the Fondo norte(north) by the calle Rafael Salgado, lateral Este (East) by calle Pedro Damiàn, and lateral Oeste (West) by Paseo de la Castellana. A quick walk around of the stadium before buying your ticket will give an idea.  There are four towers around the stadium with tower A between fondo sur and lateral este , tower B  between fondo sur and lateral oeste,tower C between lateral oeste and fondo norte and tower D between fondo norte and lateral este. You then have zones, in each section divided in six levels from those in the fondos closest to the field, to tribuna, and antitheater’s or theaters three laterals and four fondo with the fourth fondo the most far away from the field.

To read your ticket see the numbers : you have the puerta or gate to get in, then the color to show the section ,like mine are Red for fondo sur.Green is fondo norte, Purple for laterals and Blue for the tribunes and preferential seating.  Then the ticket show the vomitorios or exit lanes, this is the passage that takes you to the bleacher’s and tribunes, antitheater etc by which you walk to leave the stadium once the game is over.

Then, you go for your sector seating, this is a 3 digit number on your ticket usually with a letter. Once you reach inside passing before reaching the bleacher’s you need to go to your sector; these are divided in lanes or aisles so the even numbers are on your right and the odd numbers on your left; easy up to now ::) The first number means your level up the ladder in the stadium zone you purchase, the second number  and third pinpoint the seat so the first number may means high level, the second number tribune, and the third number a antitheater. If a first time, can be confusing but there is always personnel around to help you find your seat at all times.  Finally, there is your seat number indicated on the ticket and on each chair! easy I said.

Now arriving in Madrid ,how to get to the stadium? again easy all roads lead to Bernabéu! I have use them all and the car is still best ::) Only you need to be there early underground parking available or nearby. Then, you can walk from your hotel -2km is a good walking distance here go ahead! Then ,for the more social transport folks there is the cercanias or suburban trains, where you will reach the station Nuevos Ministerios from C-1, C-3, C-4, C-7  or C-10 trains. Afterward you can walk about 10 minutes or take the metro line 10 to Santiago Bernabéu stop . You have last I counted 7 bus lines passing by the stadium such as No. 14, 27, 40, 43, 120, 147 ,and  150. And of course, the metro/subway/tube on line 10 Santiago Bernabéu go up on the stadium exit (see picture) then once out turn to your right and see the Stadium!!! If you arrive from other city in Spain usually by Atocha then take line 1 metro to stop Tribunal, and the the above mentioned line 10.

Ahh tickets to the game , the official Real Madrid site is the best  and sure; see next game Champions league vs AM is from 80€ and up: http://www.realmadrid.com/en/tickets

Other reliable ticket places are ticketbureau here: http://www.ticketbureau.com/real-madrid-tickets/

or ticketmaster here: http://www.ticketmaster.es/artist/real-madrid-cf-tickets/28065?language=en-us

I have good experiences with ticketmaster and Real Madrid sites, never use ticketbureau but friends tells me is ok too.

By the way, I was in A Coruña in a bar (see previous post) where saw the Real Madrid winning 2×6! and now they have beaten Valencia 2×1, and tomorrow there is the first game of the Champions league vs Atlético de Madrid!!Hala Madrid!!! for all the glory in football/soccer and basketball we won the derby vs Estudiantes and in Final Four of Europa! Hala Madrid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you are looking for a hotel for a game there, or just to see Madrid away from the tourist hordes, than I recommend the one I have always use when in town for a game; Holiday Inn Plaza de Carlos Trias Bertrán, 4;link here: https://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/madrid/tojsp/hoteldetail?qAdlt=1&qBrs=6c.hi.ex.rs.ic.cp.in.sb.cw.cv.ul.vn.ki.sp.nd.ct&qChld=0&qFRA=1&qGRM=0&qIta=99600594&qPSt=0&qRRSrt=rt&qRef=df&qRms=1&qRpn=1&qRpp=20&qSHp=1&qSmP=3&qSrt=sBR&qWch=0&srb_u=1&icdv=99600594&siclientid=1964&sitrackingid=889438144&dp=true&glat=SEAR

sorry again for the long thread but I am not technical lol!!

To eat, there are plenty other than the above mentioned places you have the La Esquina Asador Sidreria and Zen Market in the Real Madrid complex. Also, Alduccio, Jose Luis ,Tony Roma’s, Gelateria La Romana dal 1947, Bar Campanoli, Lateral, and Restaurante L’Albufera to name a few walking distance that I had tried over the years.

In all, near the Nuevos Ministerios transports hub you have an El Corté Inglés department store and an FNAC electronics/books/cd store that is a good spot to be around these two for shopping. Closer to the stadium you have the AZCA  or Moda complex of stores. links here: http://www.modashopping.com/

In all, this is Madrid, and with the famous Bernabéu in tow and the true local Elipa to see the real living of the locals, you will have the best of both worlds and appreciate Madrid even more. I am enjoying my Labor Day May 1st off at home and now ready to go out for a spin.

Cheers y’all!

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April 14, 2017

And we have to settle for football/soccer at Vannes

It has been sunny and cool around here with temps in the 15C or about 62F; a lot warmer in Madrid!! My troubles with Orange and the internet made me fearful as come to realize the internet is everything or almost today lol!

My telephone cable that links to the house for internet, tv,and telephone service drop off the pole and we were with nothing… calling Orange was nothing, technician will come by April 19 not sooner. Call the Mayor’s office (Mairie)  as there is a cable down on the ground, and was told call the maintenance dept (service techiques) of the city, they in turn send a message to Orange. Call and write complaints to Orange and on the call was told call the firemen on the cable !!! At the end got from Orange a temporary airbus box to connect to the internet but no telephone line nor tv yet, we will have to be patient with the customer service here in boony land lol!

Ok so now settle into nicer things, the Champions of football.soccer are here on the quarter finals and my all time only team is playing; Real Madrid FC;yep the best ever by all accounts. More here: http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/index.html

http://www.realmadrid.com/en

They were playing the other historical club  named Bayern Munich at Allianz arena in Munich. Well we ran over them won 1×2 but we could have score more goals.

The best part is since no tv nor internet at home needed to go out and find me a bar showing the game.Not easy when you live in the countryside.

So we headed for Vannes,where I work,and more bars..and found one I have been just once for a drink during daytime, this is Skellig

Here is the area where they are Atlanville and more on them in French : http://www.atlanville.fr/le-skellig

And the dept 56 Morbihan tourist page : http://www.morbihan.com/vannes/pub-le-skellig/tabid/1564/offreid/f13f4fe2-f401-4858-a21d-722998438312

A bit more on them :  This is an Irish Pub style bar restaurant with lots of animations from live music to karaoke to live sporting events and arrows game. the concerts change every week . The main here for me is the Sports, TV screens on all walls and a big one in the center living room style !  You a simple menu for lunch and dinner of salads, burgers, steaks, etc  The service is nice and friendly and a well behave crowds unless a goal scored ::)

There is a small terrace outside the main entrance and once inside the bar area is to your left. ah the toilet is to your right ….

We are going back Sunday with my sons and friends from work to see the English Premier game Manchester United vs Chelsea; just to say one of my son’s likes MU but the rest are for the Real Madrid lol!!!

And we should be back for the return match at Bernabeu on April 18 20h45 or 8:45 pm French time.

And of course, we start today a long 3 day weekend, Happy Easter, Good Friday,and Monday of Easter to all. Cheers

Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes

 

March 14, 2017

Some news from Spain ,XXXVIII

Ok so far away in Breton lands here is my latest on my beloved Spain, here it is 13C or about 59F while in Madrid it is now about 62F or 14C.  We have cloudy skies and dark days no sun, no rain. Same in Madrid but tomorrow should be better.

Some ideas to get away for Father’s Day in Spain : You go to Consuegra (of Quijote windmill fame) where you have the Casa Rural El Retiro de La Mancha, a great complex for a great weekend. It has many gastronomic offers and guided visits to the castle or Castillo de la Muela. More information here: www.elretirodelamancha.com

Another is the Casa Rural Juliana, province of Cuenca . Here you will learn about the wonderful olive virgin oil and the honey of  Alcarria. You can go on the route of Olives of the Mancha and Colmenas with tasting of olive oils and honeys.  You can do ,also,  a guided visit to the famous monastery or Monasterio de Uclés. Something I will do next summer. I will be in another house nearby but this one is a good one too. https://www.escapadarural.com/casa-rural/cuenca/casa-rural-juliana

And why not visit a traditional Galician winery in Castro Rei, of the denomination of D.O. Ribeiro, where they will explain the process and processing the wine as well as tastings .  Also, there is a thermal spa in  Termas de Prexigueiro with pools of hot natural water treatment with vinotherapy, partial message. More information here: www.pazoalmuzara.com

And on one we visit last summer and post here in Chinchon you have the Hotel Rural La Graja. It has a thermal circuit of one hour and a message of 30 minutes. At night, you have a gourmet tasting in a nearby restaurant. You can have more information here: www.lagraja.com

And on the balnearia Parque de Alceda in Cantabria you have a place to relax with great local cuisine. It has outdoor thermal pools with the water coming from a spring at 26C or about 78F. A great getaway place ;more info here:  www.balneariodealceda.es

We continue on the world of Arts and culture by visiting the museum or Museo Guggenheim of  Bilbao; tourist bus to see the city in one shot. See the museum here: https://www.guggenheim-bilbao.eus/en/

And why not another wonders in a lovely city , visit the Hotel Rural las Treixas in Zamora. It is at the Puebla de Sanabria, a rural hotel to relax in style. They offer anti stress treatment with the best gastronomy of the region. More info here: www.treixas.com

More in arts see Faces a showing of more than 50 photographs in black and white of movie director Isabel Coixet done from her 22 movies. This expo is free until June 30th in the Espacio Cultural La Térmica, avenida de los Guindos, 48 Malaga. It has shots from artists like Time Robbins , Juliette Binoche, Rinko Kikuchi or Candela Peña. You can see the passion of the moviemaker for the publicity world, expressive of the human body and the photography. More here :http://www.latermicamalaga.com/isabel-coixet-recoge-su-fascinacion-por-el-rostro-humano-en-la-exposicion-faces-en-la-termica/

And we are back in Madrid ,where  Alberto Álvaro  traces the places of Madrid walking and photographing in the Barrio de las Letras, Malasaña or Lavapiés districts. Walking by with the small of freshly baked bread and seafood in all the places of a  bygone era. My Madrid. He once walked by the street Calle de Echegaray and took aim at the small businesses of Madrid  to have them in photos.  Two years and hundreds of instant photos with all label and square format he present it in an expo call Reliquias de Madrid or Madrid relics. He has taken seafood stores,restos, bakeries, chicken fast food ,steakhouses and even videoclubs taken you to the nostalgia and memories . He tells the story of walking by street or calle de los Tres Peces ,and feeling like seeing a scene from a movie. There he found three relics , one printing store, shoe store, and creamery store that are not longer there. More here:  https://www.instagram.com/reliquiasdemadrid/?hl=es

You run to the Círculo de Bellas Artes and see the work of Francis Bacon with more than 100 works on paper by the artist coming from a collection of more than 600 drawings of Cristiano Lovatelli Ravarino, partner of the artist for many years that are put together in the Francis Bacon Collection of the Drawings Donated to Cristiano Lovatelli Ravarino. They all belong to the last decade of the artist painter, including the parents of  Velázquez, clergy portraits, auto portraits and those of friends ,and images of his eternal obsession, such as cruxifiction, addomens, heads etc to put the figure into a space.  The expo is “En Francis Bacon. La cuestión del dibujo”, there are works in black and white to rend homage to Van Gogh, atelier shops of  Guercino or Leonardo Da Vinci,  more auto portraits, and painting of his friends, etc . Circulo de Bellas Artes, Calle Marqués de Casa Riera 2, showing until May 21 2017. More info here:  http://www.circulobellasartes.com/exposiciones/bacon-la-cuestion-del-dibujo/

One of Madrid best icon cafés closed since last July is making a comeback under new ownership. This is one of my favorite and we discussed with friends there its closing so sad, now I am thrilled to read and tell you that from March 21st it will be open again! Café Comercial part now of the Grupo Escondite who also owns Lady Madonna, El Escondite de Villanueva ,and Bárbara Ann. The Café Comercial in the Glorieta de Bilbao is 130 years old founded in 1887 with the name El Comercial, giving light to the novel “La Colmena”,  of the Nobel prize winner Camilo José Cela, and here many famous came to meet such as the writers  Antonio Machado, Enrique Jardiel Poncela, Rafael Azcona ,and Rafael Sánchez-Ferlosio. Be there from March 21 I will be back in summer.

Flamenco the history of the jonda culture is having a show in the Biblioteca Nacional or national library . You will see 150 works coming from the  Biblioteca Nacional de España ,and Museo Reina Sofía, Museo Picasso de Barcelona, the Fundación Cante de las Minas de la Unión and many private collections.  A trip thru 400 years with books, manuscripts, recordings, drawings and paintings as well as fragments from film, photographs and record label covers as well as posters ! It will show one of the earliest manifestation of flamenco in work like the La Gitanillla of Cervantes or stamp paintings such as El Vito of  Goya, to arrive of the films of Saura, etc. Literature and books , newspapers articles from Chaves Nogales, Gómez de la Serna, Caballero Bonald or Félix Grande, and movies from directors Val Del Omar, Rovira Beleta, Serrano de Osma, Carlos Saura,and Tony Gatlif, capturing artists like Carmen Amaya, Antonio El Bailarín, La Paquera ,and Enrique El Cojo. Until May 2nd, more info here: http://www.bne.es/es/Actividades/Exposiciones/Exposiciones/Exposiciones2017/PatrimonioFlamencoLahistoriaculturajonda/Index.html

The cycle Andalucía Flamenca is in vogue in Madrid.  You can still catch up with Rocio Marquez March 17, Marina Heredia y Dorantes ,April 21st on the camara room and on May 7 in the sinfonia room Arcangel with Miguel Poveda, Estrella Morente and Manolo Sanlùcar. More here: http://www.cndm.mcu.es/ciclo/andalucia-flamenca

How about Charles III king Carlos III; in his 300 year anniversary of his birth. In the museum of history you will see over 200 pieces part of the collection of the city of Madrid,  Museo del Prado,National Heritage, National library ,and the museum of natural sciences or Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, this in addition to those already exhibit at the Museo de historia,which is in the former hospice of San Fernando, calle Fuencarral,78 : more info here:  http://www.madrid.es/portales/munimadrid/es/Inicio/Cultura-ocio-y-deporte/Cultura-y-ocio/Museo-de-Historia-de-Madrid?vgnextfmt=default&vgnextoid=ab18a1ead63ab010VgnVCM100000d90ca8c0RCRD&vgnextchannel=c937f073808fe410VgnVCM2000000c205a0aRCRD&idCapitulo=10206017

 The XXXIV del Festival de Otoño a Primavera de la Comunidad de Madrid or the fall to spring festival of the Community of Madrid is on. You have the calendar from March onwards here: http://www.madrid.org/fo/2016-2017/calendario.html

Big sporting events coming up such my better ones of Real Madrid FC (my team OK).  Real Madrid vs Barcelona European league game admission from 35€ on March 27 at Wizink Center, more info here:https://www.esmadrid.com/en/tourist-information/wizink-center

The Madrid half marathon is back; April 2nd and will be run from Paseo del Prado (between Neptuno and Atocha),and finish line at the Paseo de coches in the parque de El Retiro. More info here: http://www.mediomaratonmadrid.es/

Then, you have the match between Real Madrid FC and Atlético de Madrid (the derby) on April 9 in the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. A game part of the Liga Santander, 1st division football/soccer in Spain. More here: http://www.realmadrid.com/en/santiago-bernabeu-stadium/virtual-tour-3d

And the El Clàsico game of the liga Santander between Real Madrid FC vs Barcelona on April 23rd  at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Another angle from the tourist office of Madrid and more info here: https://www.esmadrid.com/en/whats-on/real-madrid-fc-barcelona-liga-santander-santiago-bernabeu-stadium

Then, we have Heroes Manga festival as well lol! At the Feria de Madrid complex will have the XVI edition of the Salón del Manga y la Cultura Oriental; at this edition it change its name to Héroes Manga Madrid (before it was  Expomanga),a must for all lovers of illustrated stories from Japanese origins. On April 22-23 2017 and more info here: http://www.easyfairs.com/es/heroes-manga-madrid-2017/expomanga-2017/

I love the Feria del Libro de Madrid  (book fair of Madrid) and this year is no exception. A must for all readers abound on earth.  From May 26 to June 11, 2017. Since 1933 in the Paseo de Recoletos, and my parking is just off Cibeles lol! Then, it was moved to the bigger Retiro park . The coming one will the 76 edition and will have about 365 chalets and 480 exposing members amongst them, official organisms, distributors, specialist bookman, general libraries, editors from Madrid and beyond. From 1982, the event is call as today the Feria del Libro de Madrid and always opens up with a member of the Royal family walk in the morning. More info here: http://www.ferialibromadrid.com/#

And another big event in Madrid as anywhere in Spain is the Holy Week or Semana Santa. This year from April 9 to 16. marching virgins and saints on the streets of Madrid with drums and trumpets with a sacred song. And time to taste those Torrijas! More info from tourist office and official web of the event here: https://www.esmadrid.com/en/whats-on/easter-madrid

The next one is wonderful and roots of Madrid, the Fiestas San Isidro from May 12-15, the castizo soul and the spirit of Madrid come together each year to honor the city Patron Saint. Again more here from the tourist office and webpage of official event here: https://www.esmadrid.com/en/whats-on/sanisidro-madrid

In my time there I always enjoy these festivities and lucky to be there again in summers and the next. The zarzuelas or operettas or feast of San Cayetano, San Lorenzo, and my favorite the Paloma  are held from August 5-16 this year. This is the history of Madrid by its Verbenas.  This is the theater presentation of la Verbena de la Paloma, https://www.esmadrid.com/en/whats-on/la-verbena-de-la-paloma-teatro-Victoria

And on the Summer feast here: https://www.esmadrid.com/en/august-fiestas-madrid

And do you know we are celebrating 400 years history of the Plaza Mayor of Madrid all year long!  It is a huge program with its own webpage in Spanish here; https://plazamayormadrid4c.es/agenda/

The  above will be huge so much schedule will take a blog of its own to tell you.  The tourist office of Madrid has plenty in English here: https://www.esmadrid.com/en/whats-on/4th-centenary-plaza-mayor-Madrid

Some in the area of Plaza Mayor even older you ask, well there is. Here are some: the oldest business is not far, just at Calle Mayor ,59, call the Antigua Farmacia de la Reina Madre founded in 1587 by a Venecian chemist with fame as he provided medicines to king François I of France while prisoner in the tower or Torre de los Lujanes in the Plaza de la Villa. The original was in the Calle Sacramento in 1914 when it was translated to the current place with structure, furniture and medicines and all! More here: https://www.esmadrid.com/en/shopping/botica-la-reina-madre

While it is call the Posada del Peine ? because it was a gift that offer the proprietor to their guest , a comb=peine and posada a hotel type. It was given tied up to a cord in the bathroom so it will not be taken from the room.  Those that walked by the street Calle de Postas, next to the Plaza Mayor, will have notice the beautiful façade that you see today in the modern hotel of the chain Petit Palace that opened in 2006 at the same spot that one day occupied the Posada del Peine that worked as one from 1610 to 1960! More here: http://www.petitpalacemayorplaza.com/

And we have more, that are from about the same age as the Plaza Mayor. these are the Posada de la Villa in Cava Baja, 9  that opens by 1642 where it was a windmill once of flour,the only one in the city. It welcome all visitors to the city and today serve an excellent roasted lamb in wood oven! More here: http://www.posadadelavilla.com/index_en.html

The other place and one of my favorite corners in Madrid is the Libreria San Ginés , attach to the Church of same name next to street Calle Arenal at Pasadizo de San Gines, 2 (and you know what’s on that street too ::). It’s origins go back to 1650 when Diego Logrono worked as a librarian. Here, you will find old books and used, with post cards, posters etc. You can take a picture with its stalls outside; and you too can come up with stories like mine. More here: https://www.esmadrid.com/en/shopping/libreria-san-gines

And that is all folks, Spain is everything under the Sun! Enjoy your week. Cheers!

 

September 9, 2016

Real Madrid FC is on the move, as always!!!

Talking about nostalgia, this was my teen years living in Madrid and playing for the Real Madrid FC both in the alavin division and on the sponsored Baseball team at the Elipa.

When lived here, I started out playing baseball for the Real Madrid at the Parque Municipal de la Elipa complex, remember taking the P13 bus (today is the 113) from Alcalà street to the Elipa. Today baseball is still played there and the seat of the Madrid baseball/softball federation. The stadium is here: http://www.rfebs.es/terrenos#

Then, I moved over to the football/soccer section at the old Casa de Campo fields, back in 1972-74. Real Madrid official pg is here: http://www.realmadrid.com/futbol/cantera/alevin-a

I have continued to played football all over where I have been until recently in an indoor corporate league in France.  Being very attach to the Real Madrid I have been a life long fan Madridista of the team and follow it religiously anywhere.

In the meantime, I am honorary member of five peñas or supporting group of the Real Madrid from Xove Galicia to Malaga Spain;visit often.

The trips to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Valdebebas Real Madrid city  for the junior teams are annually and sometimes more; some times getting together with similar friends there in groups or individually. Nowdays, the facilities have nothing in common to those of earlier years, more here: http://www.realmadrid.com/en/about-real-madrid/club/ciudad-real-Madrid

More on the Bernabeu stadium here: http://www.realmadrid.com/en/santiago-bernabeu-stadium

So far this year 2016-2017 season, the team is tied in first place on points with a string record of 14 straight victories or ties Under coach Zinedine Zidane (France). Going this Saturday September 10th vs Osasuna for a record 15 only done before in the 1960-61 season Under coach Miguel Muñoz.

The farm team Real Madrid Castilla plays in the Liga Segunda B Grupo II , next game vs Gernika September 10th. They are now in 6th place: more here: http://resultados.as.com/resultados/futbol/segunda_b/2016_2017/clasificacion/regular_ii/

Been a true Real Madrid fan, I,also, followed and have attended their Basketball games; more here season starts next September 30th vs Unicaja of Malaga: more here: http://resultados.as.com/resultados/baloncesto/acb/2016_2017/calendario/

Needless to say,in both football and basketball we are the winningest club both in the Spanish League (Santander)  and European titles( Champions).

My hangout when by the Bernabeu is the Real Cafe Bernabeu restaurant where you can see the field of play sitting in a nice table. More here: http://www.realcafebernabeu.es/

It has become a way of life even if not so prolific writer on sports in my blog, there are some, just search ::) Hala Madrid!!!  And our anthem https://youtu.be/lIMokbMWz9o

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August 31, 2016

Madrid never can get enough of you!!!

Ok so this is part of same trip but one last family look at my Madrid, the last post on the same trip is here

https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2016/08/21/madrid-well-is-more-than-a-word-for-me-always-nostalgic-to-be-back/

Well Madrid for me is everything to come back to Spain for it. If you have read my posts/blog you know I used to lived in Madrid and visit several times a year now usually alone. This time I came with the family and they as well as me re confirm our faith in the city. From Madrid to heaven and a hole in the sky to look down on it every day.

We came back as usual by car from Cuenca on the A40 then A3 , but this time we headed to Cibeles and found parking in Recoleto underground garage just next to Plaza de Cibeles, very central and nice. We then as usual set out on foot to see the city.

In no particular order, we had to go see the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium of my lifetime team Real Madrid FC,and had a beer and tapas at the Real Café Bernabeu with wonderful views of the stadium field.  The official site for the team is here: http://www.realmadrid.com/en

The cafe webpage is here too : http://www.realcafebernabeu.es/

We had the opportunity to try the bus network taken bus 21 from Plaza de Toros (Ventas) to Paseo Rosales; http://www.emtmadrid.es/EMTBUS/Mi-linea?lang=es-ES

This get you a nice overall view of the city and go from the wonderful historical Plaza de Toros very near of my old home to Paseo Rosales and the Teléferico (cable car) and the Temple of Debod Egyptian gift to Spain.

http://www.las-ventas.com/

http://teleferico.com/en

http://www.esmadrid.com/en/tourist-information/templo-de-debod

Right around the Monumental de Ventas plaza de toros, there is Los Timbales one of the original matador bars and still kicking, lovely memories and highly recommended to see something of Madrid and Spain away from tourist central. http://www.lostimbales.es/

I used to hang around the Plaza de Toros when as an early teen lived here and always a pilgrimage to this cultural and historical mecca of Spain. The teléferico or cable car, my mother used to take me to the Casa de Campo attraction park and the temple de Debod a gift of Egypt to Spain for helping in the flooding of the Aswan Dam. The temple sits on the Cuartel  de la Montana park, and old establishement military base during the Spanish Civil War and now practically part of the Parque del Oeste along Paseo del Pintor Rosales.

Of course, when we parked at Recoletos (Paseo de) , we immediately took a look at the Fuente de Cibeles that was undergoing renovation/cleaning and the Palacio de las Cibeles, the old city hall of Madrid and now a great place to see and climb to the top for great views of the city.  At the corner you can see the Casa de America a cultural center sharing the heritage of Spain and the Americas, all in the Plaza de la Cibeles.

https://parclick.es/parking-madrid/mm_recoletos?lt=40.4206191&ln=-3.6918906999999&z=15&df=2016-09-01+10:00&dt=2016-09-01+13:00&ft=1

http://www.casamerica.es/

http://www.centrocentro.org/centro/home

A bit further walking and you reach my Puerta de Alcalà, the great gate of Madrid and I lived closed to it for four years! And from there, you go in to the fame Parque del Buen Retiro park another must and always a must for me, a wonderful memories of youth and still feeling Young just stepping into the park.

http://www.esmadrid.com/en/tourist-information/puerta-de-alcala

http://www.esmadrid.com/en/tourist-information/parque-del-retiro

Near here, in Calle Alcalà just across from the Retiro park before arriving at the Puerta de Alcalà lies the Church of San Manuel y San Benito where my mom used to take me as a boy. It is still nostalgic to see it and remind if need to of my mother again, always in my mind even if already 9 years passing.  Tourist office here: http://www.esmadrid.com/en/tourist-information/iglesia-parroquial-de-san-manuel-y-san-benito

Official Church site here: http://www.samasabe.es/

There is one by Doctor Esquerdo going towards Plaza Conde de Casal and another one by Menendez Pelayo and Calle del Alcalde Sainz de Baranda (photo) across from Retiro park, this is the Cerveceria Cruz Blanca, is another of the typical one in my Madrid away from tourist central.  A must . http://cerveceriacruzblanca.es/local/cervecer%C3%ADa-cruz-blanca-las-murallas

Right diagonally from the brewery restaurant and before crossing the street to Retiro park there is a nice archicturally done Church the Parroquia del Santisimo Sacramento; more here:  https://sacramentinos.cl/inicio/historia/nosotros/

One park that used to be my hangout and so far until now no pictures is the parque Eva Peron off the Plaza Manuel Becerra. There is a Church parroquia de la Covadonga right there too. http://www.madrid.es/portales/munimadrid/es/Inicio/Medio-ambiente/Direcciones-y-telefonos/Parque-Eva-Duarte

http://www.parroquiacovadonga.es/

Of course we walked a lot see Madrid soak up its air, feel the city , once again is beyond words for me. We took the metro this time from the fame  Plaza de España to the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. line 10. https://www.metromadrid.es/es/viaja_en_metro/red_de_metro/lineas_y_horarios/linea10.html

And we took bus 14 from Santiago Bernabeu Stadium to paseo de Recoletos parking spot to recover our car. http://www.emtmadrid.es/EMTBUS/Mibus?lang=es-ES

Of course, we ate all sorts of ice creams and sodas along the way and water from mini grocery stores, but the nice sit in was near my old neighborhood on a new outfit call Audrey Brunch & Coffee, Calle Alcalà 183.  This is a new place, nice clean and friendly full of locals in non tourist central area. We had our chorizo sandwich and fanta lemon here as well as coffees and sweets to load up on the sugar content and survive the 35C weather in the city.  In fact so new is not even in the webpage of the company, wow!! http://pansaudrey.es/nuestras-panaderias-2/

Oh well once again, had to leave my Madrid. I never get tired of visiting even repeat places. I have live in 5 countries, visited 79 cities of our world but Madrid is touching, virus like proportions, again I never get tired of visiting it. From Madrid to heaven and a hole in the sky to look down on it everyday. Enjoy it too, Cheers

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June 25, 2016

Euro16 France, the European Football Championship!

Well even if do not write much in my blog, this is my another passion football/soccer/calcio. Since playing alavin in the Real Madrid FC ::) And lifetime Madridista  member since 2004.

The Euro16 is been played in France and the phase of groups is already over, this is the positioning of the teams to qualify for the real knockoff rounds of the 8th, 4rt, semis, and final.

It all started with 6 groups divided into four teams each or total of 24.This is the first time playing with 24 teams to give it a more general European flavor and allow many first timers such as Iceland, Albany, Northern Ireland, and Wales.

The groups were:

Group A :France, Switzerland, Albania,and Romania, passing France and Switzerland in that order

Group B: Wales, England, Russia, and Slovaquia, passing Wales, Slovaquia and England as best 3rd

Group C: Poland,Northern Ireland, Germany, and Ukraine, passing Germany , Poland, and Northern Ireland as best third

Group D: Turkey, Spain, Croatia, and Czech Republic; passing Croatia,Spain in that order

Group E: Ireland, Sweden, Belgium, and Italy, passing Italy and Belgium  with best third Ireland.

Group F! Austria,Hungary, Portugal, and Iceland; passing Hungary ,Iceland, and Portugal as best third.

Now today we start the Eights-finals with the games going now of Poland vs Switzerland (fulltime finished tied 1-1 now extra time and then penalty kicks to decide the winner ,and it was  Poland !! ) at Saint Etienne Geoffroy Guichard stadium.

Wales vs Northern Ireland plays at 18h local time at Parc de Prince Paris

Croatia vs Portugal at Lens Félix Bollaert stadium.

June 26th  plays Germany vs Slovaquia at Lille Pierre Mauroy stadium. France vs Ireland at Lyon olympique Lyon stadium. Hungary vs Belgium at Paris parc de Prince.

June 27th, plays Spain vs Italy at Paris stade de France; England vs Iceland at Nice Allianz Riviera stadium. The winners advance ,the losers go home…

More info on Eurosport in English: http://www.eurosport.com/football/euro/final-phase.shtml

French sports daily L’Equipe here : http://www.lequipe.fr/Football/FootballTableau2374.html

The quarter finals will be the matching of the winner of Switzerland-Poland vs the winner of Croatia-Portugal. the winner of Wales-Northern Ireland vs the winner of Hungary-Belgium. The winner of Germany-Slovaquia vs the winner of Italy-Spain. The winner of France-Ireland vs the winner of England-Iceland.

And so on to the Semis. The final will be played July 10 at Stade de France, Paris.

The last two Euro were won by Spain in 2008 and 2012 for a total of 3 Championships. IF we combine the Germany and West Germany they have won 3 times too. France has won twice, Italy , Greece, Denmark , USSR, Netherlands, and old Czechoslovakia once each. The first one was in 1960 in France!

The official UEFA, organisation webpage is here in English: http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/index.html

And my favorite Spanish language sports journal, AS of Spain. http://resultados.as.com/resultados/futbol/eurocopa/2016/calendario/

As said, it all began in 1960 in France, won by the Soviet Union, with Yugoslavia finishing second. 1964 won by Spain with the Soviet Union second. 1968 won by Italy with Yugoslavia second. 1972 won by West Germany with Soviet Union finishing second. 1976 won by Czechoslovakia with West Germany second. 1980 won by West Germany with Belgium second. 1984 won by France with Spain second. 1988 won by the Netherlands with the Soviet Union second.1992 won by Denmark with Germany second. 1996 won by Germany with Czech Republic second. 2000 won by France with Italy second. 2004 won by Greece with Portugal second. 2008 won by Spain with Germany second. 2012 won by Spain with Italy second.

So there you go a brief description of the history of it and the current championships, it only gets  better !!!!! Of course, I am cheering for France, but Spain is close to my heart too. At the end I have two chances ::)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 29, 2016

Arrival in Madrid ,always heaven on earth!

Once again in Madrid the city of my youthful movida and Lucky enough to visit often nowdays; this time was a short 3 days but did I had fun.

Landing in T4 Adolfo Suàrez Barajas airport on Iberia; and taken that quick trip on the metro line 8 to Colombia connecting with the line 9 to Sanz de Baranda and my hotel as usual lately the Ayre Gran Colon Hotel.

http://www.aena.es/csee/Satellite/Aeropuerto-Madrid-Barajas/es/Page/1237554326802//Transporte-publico.html

http://www.ayrehoteles.com/en/hotel-colon/

It was a Saturday so the night of Bruce Springteen concert at the Bernabeu stadium, he was staying in the Westin Palace,the hotel of my business conference and all was busy trying to get a glimpse in vain. http://www.westinpalacemadrid.com/en

I took the plunge to go out at night walk those wonderful lively great Madrid night time always busy never a dull moment. Madrid just breathing its air feels great, rejuvenating, stronger; I walk all over km after km it was fantastic. Stopping here and then for a caña or jarra (bigger glass of beer) looking for that Mahou or Miau!

Getting my typical real souvenirs at Arte Toledano in Prado, you find the finest of Toledo and Madrid here with medieval armor museum and ceramics, portraits etc gifts for all tastes and genuine Spanish. http://www.artetoledano.com/index.php?leng=_en

Took a look at Atocha train station always imposing from the glorieta del Emperador Carlos V, and the many restaurants around it. It was the station closest to my piso or apartment when living here and a must to stop by.

In my walks I past by the Fuente de las Cibeles and Fuente Neptuno the main venues in victory for the Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid. On Sunday took part in the outside festivities of the  King’s Cup or Copa del Rey, between Sevilla and Barcelona at the Calderon stadium. Sevilla maravilla was short and Barcelona won but the ambiance was great. A point to make is seeing all those Catalans taken pictures in front of the Congreso de los Diputados (Spanish parliament) lol! And the great statue to Miguel Cervantes de Saavedra the writer of Don Quijote!

Moving along in my walks passing the Cine Ideal ,founded in 1916 in the site of the convent of the Trinity with shoes (sp?) or convento de los Trinitarios Calzados; later in 1932 was adapted to do teatrical shows and Spanish Zarzuelas theater plays , and finally in 1990 came back as a cinema. My mother used to bring me here as a kid !!! It is at calle del Doctor Cortezo,near the Plaza de Jacinto Benavente, but you can see it from Calle Mayor,http://www.yelmocines.es/cartelera/madrid/yelmo-cines-ideal

and the Teatro Calderon who was built in 1917; before it was call Teatro Odéon,   located at Calle Atocha, 18 just in front of the Plaza de Jacinto Benavente. Theater and Spanish Zarzuela with performers like Plàcido Domingo, the city tourist office; http://www.esmadrid.com/en/tourist-information/teatro-calderon

You see wonderful architecture and places to see Madrid from above and eating out right on Calle Alcalà like the Instituto Cervantes, a wonderful place to expose the Spanish language and culture all over the world; the building is a fantastic architecture marvel.  http://www.cervantes.es/default.htm

You go on to the Plaza de España and the complex in honor of Miguel Cervantes Saavedra the writer of Don Quijote and the elements of Sancho Panza on one side and Dulcinea on the other. The Plaza de Oriente with its marvelous Teatro Real; actually a bit further back in the Plaza de Isabel II.

http://www.esmadrid.com/en/tourist-information/plaza-de-espana

http://www.teatro-real.com/en

Not to forget the small quaint medievel Plaza de la Villa off Calle Mayor, this is the govt city hall annex of the city of Madrid. You can see here the Casa Lujanes with its tower, Casa de Cisneros ,and Casa de la Villa where the city hall is located ,with the statue to Alvaro de Bazan,hero of Lepanto amongst others. http://www.esmadrid.com/en/tourist-information/plaza-de-la-villa

Just a wonderful town, a must to see in Europe, the No 2 most visited country and city in the world according to UN WTO statistics, and well deserved. See it to believe it. From Madrid to heaven and a hole in the sky to look down on it every day!

ps. not to mention my team the Real Madrid became last night the winner in penalties kicks of the 11th Champions league title, the most in history, the greatest of all time. Hala Madrid for eternity. The French coach Zinadine Zidane became the first Frenchmen to ever won the Champions as player and coach! the link in my blogroll below is here for info: http://www.realmadrid.com/en

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May 3, 2016

Some news from Spain, XVIIII

Back on Spain, looking forward to the visit end of May, and Real Madrid on the Liga and Champions run, great.

The site wine routes of Spain has a survey that shows the most visited wine routes in Spain in 2015 no surprise to me these are the wine route of wine and sparklers of Cava del Penedès Enoturisme Penedès , and the ones of the Sherry or Marco de Jerez Other routes in the ranking are the Ribera del Duero, Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa, Rías Baixas, and Empordà.(the most growing one in terms of popularity). Other areas growing in following are the Bierzo, Bullas, Montilla-Moriles ,and Ronda, with more than 30% growth vs past years! http://www.wineroutesofspain.com/

How to drop a tapa in Madrid, you can reserve on the next stop with Mahou the beer of Madrid, my beer ! here: http://www.mahoudrid.com/taller-tiraje/

You want to see volcanos in Spain, well I can tell you of mine but here are some others to check out La Garrotxa (Gerona): El Croscat ; Olot (Gerona): el Montsacopa; Fuencaliente (La Palma): el Teneguía; Castilla La-Mancha: el Peñarroya y el Cancarix. Ok I will tell you about mine, Tenerife: el Teide (if you have read my blog , I am guanche tenerife from all four grandparents and back ¡) 3718 meters the third highest in the world at sea level with last eruption in 1798 but continue active with many times burst of fire and lava coming down for a bit.

Wilfredo Lam a Cuban Painter is on at the Museo Reina Sofia with 250 of its works, he died in Paris in 1982. Learned a the Academia de Bellas Artes de Madrid . His work is with the working class and best is Cmpesino (1926)  and Campesina castellana (1927);siding with the Republican cause in the Spanish Civil War he goes into exile in Paris in 1938 , returned to Cuba in 1941 but the events there did not like and comes back to Paris. The work will be showing until August 15 2016. http://www.museoreinasofia.es/exposiciones/wifredo-lam-0

You know the A3 or carretera de Valencia was started by the public works order of February 28, 1857 from the Puerta del Sol, given no 3 on the road A-1, the road past by Las Cabrillas, follow Carrera de San Gerónimo, Plaza de las Cortes, calle de Tragineros towards the Puerta de Atocha. A bit of history of Madrid, and I stay near there when in town nowdays.

The Red de San Luis started from a food market from the 17C to the 19C , the food items came mostly from Vallecas, and there was a Church of Saint Louis by Montera that was burned out in 1936; therefore the folks became to call it the Red de San Luis or Saint Louis. The metro station San Luis from 1919 was done by the Gran Via it was the calle Montera corner with Gran via, Hortaleza and Fuencarral, there was an elevator/lift there until 1970 when I arrive in Madrid

Palacio de Congresos RiojaforumC/ San Millán, nº 25 Logroño , the June 12 will have the Feria de los Vinos de la Rioja from 11h to 15h ; admission is 10€ (includes a glass and  3  wines from the fairs with tastings or 30 EUR with train from Bilbao More in Spanish here: http://www.lariojacapital.com/elriojaylos5sentidos/evento/8-olfato/248-feria-de-los-vinos-de-la-rioja/

And you know the official weather of Spain, AEMET; http://www.aemet.es/es/eltiempo/prediccion/provincias?p=28&w=&o=pais

And the best route planner for Spain Guia Repsol  : just enters your destination here : http://www.guiarepsol.com/en/map/

Do you know Spain has the 3rd biggest red of expressways in the world, behind China and the USA, yes indeed, Spain is moving fast here is the ranking in Spanish, http://www.autopista.es/noticias-motor/articulo/espana-tercer-pais-mundo-kilometros-autovias-autopistas

Last but not least, Atlético de Madrid is playing as I write the Champions league football/soccer semifinal vs Bayern Munich in Munich Germany. 15 minutes first half 0X0 which will make the Atlético advance to the final. Tomorrow is my team the Real Madrid vs Manchester City at the Bernabeu in Madrid. We have tied 0X0 in Manchester so in good seat to advance at our beloved home. Meanwhile, in the Liga BBVA we have made great advances from a while back behind 13 points to just one behind the leaders. Stay tune two games remaining in the Liga will be hot indeed!

Enjoy Spain, everything Under the Sun ::)

 

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