Posts tagged ‘Real Madrid’

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

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.

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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 ::)

 

December 30, 2014

Happy New Year 2015 to all of my followers and readers , thank you.

https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2014/annual-report/

and of course to add as the old song said, “I wish you a Merry Christmas, I wish you a  Merry Christmas ,AND a Happy New Year”

Some photos of our Christmas market in La Rochelle with a festive mood we are all loaded for waiting the New Year here.

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Carrousel at place de verdun Christmas chalets

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Christmas chalets by cours des dames vieux port

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Grosse Horloge and festive Christmas markets

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live music at Christmas market by cours des dames vieux port

Wishing all a very healthy , prosperous and beautiful travels expériences in 2015. Cheers!!!

May 29, 2014

Lisbon antigua and beautiful

I took a trip to Lisbon right after the 10th Champions of Real Madrid of Spain, and its Portuguese stars Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe ,and Coentrao. It was a short trip but full of souvenirs and good company.

Lisbon deserves more visits, and getting to know it, it is an exciting city full of life and happy friendly folks always willing to help ,directions, food choices, and just have a good time there.

My last writing on my blog dates from december 14,2012. time to catch up. The tourist office is at http://www.visitlisboa.com/Home_UK.aspx?lang=en-GB

My trip took me first to Nantes airport, then Paris CDG and finally Lisbon on AF;same return flight taken. The airports of Nantes and Paris CDG are very familiar to me after so many trips thru them. Lisbon was easy two terminals , came in and on terminal 1. Coming in took a taxi as was very late, has to haggle with the taxi driver who wanted 20€, told him my maximum was 15€ and he finally accepted. Figure the ride was for about 10-12 euros, so ok for 15 late at night almost midnight. You have to be sure the meter is on or don’t get in the car, otherwise be prepare to haggle easy for me as speak Portuguese. The airport of LIsbon site is http://www.ana.pt/en-US/Aeroportos/lisboa/Lisboa/Pages/HomeLisboa.aspx

On the way back ,I took the metro at Picoas line amarela(yellow) to Saldanha, here took the line Vermelho (red) to the airport all in about 40 minutes. all for a machine ticket of 1,90€ (including charge of rechargeable card of 0,50c). A great bargain indeed.  The metro ,also, has the azul or blue line and the verde or green line, and its easy in English here http://www.metrolisboa.pt/eng/

While in the city I stayed at the wonderful modern, clean and perfect location Hotel Exe Parque Lisboa , at Largo Andaluz 13, near metro stops Picoas , Marques de Pompal or Parque. webpage here  http://www.exelisboaparque.com/EN/hotel.html

The rooms were spacious, bath too, the views on the 2fl a bit obstructed by the nearby buildings but for the location, services can be beaten. right off the marque de Pompal monument and the superb avenida Libertade. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. I will no doubt have no problems staying there again.

From the hotel I took my walks in the evenings all over the vast avenida da libertade from the monument at plaça marques de pompal all the way to plaça Dom Pedro IV, where I even past a branch of the famous Parisien resto Brasserie FLO. Beautiful fountains stores and the great plaça restauradores with beautiful buildings all around it.

Before long it was time to eat,and I was told about a restaurant there at plaça de restauradores call Pinoquio (like the famous character Pinocchio), this is seafood of Portugal at its best. The service was impeccable friendly,and the food sublime. it started to rain but no bother I was in heaven. I order my usual beers and then the dish was Feijoada de marisco. This is magnificent casserole of shrimp, lobsters,clams, and white beans stew, just fab and of course enough for one person ,really it could be ordered for two. Its a great dish I will try to imitate at home, so the recipe in Portuguese is here, http://www.petiscos.com/receita.php?recid=439&catid=8

Like, I said, it was raining light, and I decided to face it and walk back seeing all the sights and smells of avenida da Libertade. During the daytime we went to the Tivoli forum shopping a deluxe shopping center right on the avenida da libertade, and we had lunch in the food court there, where a vast cafeteria serves different kinds of fast food, we try the beef people counter with a goat cheese hamburger with limonade. http://www.lisbonlux.com/lisbon-shops/tivoli-forum.html

And I came home not before setting my sights on returning either in October wiht me or in summer with the family; will see, it is tempting LIsbon is catchy, maybe I have the city at heart by now. Cheers and enjoy the weekend I have a four day Holiday in France ::)

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May 25, 2014

Real Madrid 10th Champions!!! The greatest!!!

well indeed with all the travel I have overlook a bit my passion of football/soccer, just notice my last entry on the subject was back on July 28, 2013!

The team this year had a marvelous season , if they missed the LIga of Spain finishing third , it was the first with a new coach and new philosophy. It all we have won the most LIgas in history with 32. Atlético de Madrid won the Liga this year for the 10th time with a team playing together for as much as four years.

However, in the Spanish King’s cup, we won again beating archrivals Barcelona (second in the Liga) 1X2 with the winning goal from Welsh international Gareth Bale. It was our 19th King’s Cup in history.

The big one came in the top European competition the Champions’s Cup. We had to start winning against teams like Juventus of Italy a former winner, and on our way to the final beat teams like the last two Champions winners, Borussia Dormund and Bayern Munich by big scores. This was to be our 10th Champions, the most of any team by far.

We reach the final against the Cinderella team this year, Atlético de Madrid. Playing for their second final in their history (againts 13 for us) they have done an excellent year wining the Spanish LIga and knocking off Barcelona in the Liga and the Champions semifinals. The momentum was on their side.

However, this is the CHAMPIONS, and the history, class, of Real Madrid came thru. After controlling the first part of the game and only falling behind by an unusual mistake of goalie Iker Casillas coming out too early to clear a ball, giving Godin, the Atlético defender the goal ,they came back roaring.

First, the papa Sergio Ramos, another central defender came thru in time to tie the game on a brilliant header. 1X1 after the regular time of 90 minutes plus 5 minutes referee addition for wasting time in stop, injuries, etc, normal in a football.soccer game.

The extra time started what seems to be a game header for deciding on penalty kicks. two 15 minutes half to decide or go into penalties.

This is where the class, shirt, history of this team came out . Coach Carlo Ancelotti of Italy make some good changes bringing in marcelo and Isco, and the team took off with extra lung capacity. They were all over pressuring constantly until the inevitable came in.

In the 110th minutes came in the Welsh stallion Gareth Bale again to score, what turn out to be the decisive goal of victory. the team was running still like the first minute and the Atlético was broken hardly could run. then came the expected, Marcelo scoring in the 118th minute ,one for Brazil. The 10th was ours no matter what we were in total control.

And ,if not enough, Cristiano Ronaldo score on a penalty kick, after a foul by Godin, the scorer for Atlético and after protesting, was send off from the field by the referee. The Atlético was humbling, could not run anymore, and CR7 score in the 123rd minutes the final 4X1 score. Cristiano Ronald has now a record 17 goals in a Champions, of all history, one for Portugal.

The team came back to Madrid in addition to all of us who followed on the TV and bars all over the world, there were 80000 fans watching on a giant screen in the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. The celebration continues from there down to Cibeles fountain, the symbol of Madrid and Real Madrid in Alcala street (my street living there and to note also played for the team alavin division to start a dream that grows with time!!).

The celebration continues until past 6AM with an estimâted over 500 000 fans filling the Streets where Madrid became a one city huge party. WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS were sung by all, and indeed we are the best ever ever that played this sport. Hala Madrid!!!

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February 7, 2014

Madrid is like home!

Well this one was a quick one two days meeting but always nice to take advantage to come to Madrid, my Madrid of childhood memories.

I was there from Tuesday to Thursday and staying at the now usual hotel Ayre Gran Colon was great by Dr Esquerdo. http://www.ayrehoteles.com/hotel-colon/  the location can’t be beaten to be away from tourist central, you are near lines 6 and 9 of metro by Sainz de Baranda or Conde de Casal, and plenty of bus lines stop in the corner of calle pez volador and dr esquerdo. walking distance to the Retiro park.

Coming from the Airport, Barajas at Terminal 4 I try the new law on the flat rate for the taxis, 30 euros and you are at your hotel; very nice and easy, the meter already says 30,00 when you get on. This is the scoop, from official Spain airports site, http://www.aena-aeropuertos.es/csee/ContentServer/Aeropuerto-Madrid-Barajas/en/Page/1237554330997//Taxi.html

I had my rounds at the usual Cerveceria Cruz Blanca at calle Dr Esquerdo, very nice folks , prompt nice service and no tourists ::) http://www.cerveceriacruzblanca.es/donde_encontrarnos.php#

My luck have it was there during the Copa del Rey or King’s Cup game between my Real Madrid and the local rivals Atletico de Madrid, well it was a feast to Watch with good company, we won 3×0!!! almost qualifying us to the semifinals!!! Can’t beat watching a football/soccer game in Madrid and at a bar lol!!!  More of the football/soccer there at the tourist office http://www.esmadrid.com/en/football and of course will only tell you about the Real Madrid FC http://www.realmadrid.com/cs/Satellite/en/Prehome_ES2.htm

Until my next chance in my beloved City, in Madrid to heaven and a hole in the sky to look down on it every day !!!! Cheers have a great weekend.

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December 6, 2013

More of Madrid Spain!

well Madrid was a dream that became a reality several years back, and it has been a virus of love ever since that day on December 30 1971 that I landed at Barajas international airport Madrid. I lived for almost the next four years there ,and then visited often sometimes more than once a year. Its one of those cities you won’t feel tired of coming back for more. This time was business ,but no matter, it was heavens on earth just before the Christmas, Navidad season.

I made a doubre cross journey, first going from Nantes to Paris Orly airport and then Madrid and then coming back from Madrid to Paris CDG and Nantes all on Air France/Air Europa. The trip was excellent as usual..::)

I first seek out friends met over the years and have a tapas and glass of beer of one of my favorites places there  ,the Cerveceria Cruz Blanca. Many branches so I had first at Menendez Pelayo 47 and then at Doctor Esquerdo 157. At first had me rice pilaf with squid in black sauce to kill for, and little fry fish boquerones, all wash down with cruzcampo beer and a nice cup of coffee. Then came back next day for the counter, beers of the same with an order of patatas revolconas or blended potatoes and bacon cornhusker, and torrejas (delicious old bread in cinnamon sauce) as well as that strong cup of expresso coffee. Sublime and nice to be back.http://www.cerveceriacruzblanca.es/

I stayed as usual on business at the Ayre Gran Hotel Colon, pez volador ,1 corner of Dr Esquerdo near metro sainz de baranda lines 6 and 9; easy connection from Barajas airport. The service is always impeccable and clean nice spacious rooms at a great price of 72 euros including breakfast. http://www.ayrehoteles.com/en/hotel-colon/

I took my scrolls around Retiro park , memories of youth and always supreme, grand beautiful, nostalgic, romantic, daring, just awesome. I used to lived not far from there in Quintana line 5 of Metro of Madrid.

I had the chance to visit my all time favorite store , El Corte Inglés, it has been a tradition of the family for years, back back. This time I visit the nearest one to my beloved Santiago Bernabeu stadium at Paseo de la Castellana, corner of Calle Serrano ; http://www.elcorteingles.es/centroscomerciales/centroscomerciales/cargarAplicacionCentro.do?identificador=161&idComunidad=13

and to add, the Real Madrid basketball team won again on a roll undefeated,and the football team moving up just 3 points behind the leader, one game, just one game!!! Hala Madrid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Like I said, a business trip , quick in and out, but to be Madrid even a minute it is Worth it. Madrid to heaven and a hole in the sky to look down on it everyday!!! cheers

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