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THE EXOTIC YUKATA, YOUR TICKET TO ELEGANCE AND COMFORT THIS SUMMER

Yukata! That’s the traditional Japanese summer get-up. It’s kimono but more casual. Less elaborate. It makes for great comfort. And Japanese outfitters say it makes women look particularly beautiful. Not that the yukata is for girls only. It’s for the male of the species too.

STATESIDE STORIES: A SUMMER RODEO!

I'd been to LAS VENTAS and seen the Bullfight, one in which the Matador was gored…But I’d never seen an American Rodeo in which the Cowboys actually try to ride the wild and ferocious bulls. So it was with great anticipation that I bought tickets.

GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “PAMPLONA: I’M STILL RUNNING,” 19 July 1963

I’VE just got back from Pamplona and if I’ve said it once, I’ve said it and will repeat it again a thousand times; Never Again.You can quote me next year. I’m bearing the scars of several cornadas, mostly in the region of the liver (pronóstico: muy grave.) and that last bit of the trip, after the car blew up in flames sixty nine kilómetros outside Madrid played hell with my gout. So on that happy note of goodwill and Christian charity, I will leave you to retire to my local clinic. And a happy Sanfermines next year to each and every loving little one of you.

PHILIPPINE FIESTA FOOD AT THE EMBASSY RECEPTION IN THE HOTEL INTERCON

Hats off to the Filipino hospitality! Mabuhay!

HEAD FOR ROLL MADRID RESTAURANTE NEOAMERICANO FOR THE ACM 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION!

Join the American Club for an "All-you-can-eat" iconic American-style July 4th dinner!

HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE A WOMAN SCORNED

Why Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein made all those revelations about her affair with King Juan Carlos and his alleged murky businesses isn't known. Not yet anyway. What's for sure is that her confessions will have already done irreparable damage to the abdicant king.

GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “PAMPLONA: I’M STILL RUNNING,” 19 July 1963

I’VE just got back from Pamplona and if I’ve said it once, I’ve said it and will repeat it again a thousand times; Never Again.You can quote me next year. I’m bearing the scars of several cornadas, mostly in the region of the liver (pronóstico: muy grave.) and that last bit of the trip, after the car blew up in flames sixty nine kilómetros outside Madrid played hell with my gout. So on that happy note of goodwill and Christian charity, I will leave you to retire to my local clinic. And a happy Sanfermines next year to each and every loving little one of you.

IE University: The Plunge (and the Rebounce?)

Since the year 2000, the IE Business School has grown in popularity as well as quality, with their MBA program moving up the ranks from 24th best globally to the 8th in 2017. The business school was looking forward to another bump in the rankings, possibly surpassing the University of Chicago’s Booth or even Columbia business school. Yet, when the new Financial Times rankings were published this past January, the IE University ranking plummeted from 8th to not making the list at all! Will it ever bounce back among the top-notchers?

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “PAMPLONA: THE SUN ALSO SETS,” 5 July 1963

A beautiful, timeless, classic, witty account of the running of the bulls. And to think that it was written no less than 45 years ago. In GUIDEPOST, of course!

MARTA ORTEGA: WHO IS SHE & WHY SHOULD HER NAME RING A BELL?

Zara on Oxford Street, London: the heir presumptive worked here!

 

By Natalie McNeal Photos: Guidepost, Natalie McNeal,

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “READING FOR A SUMMER DAY,” 12 July 1963

It is summer time now when all movement is poured stickily out of a bottle. It is no time to do anything at all. And so here’s a Torremolinos without movement in, and for, a summer afternoon.

TORREMOLINOS TODAY

Torremolinos nowadays would be almost nothing if not an appealing resort with an inexhaustible source of entertainment

LA RIOJA, It’s Not Just World-Class Wines

It's film-making too!

OLD NEWS! A MINISTER OF CULTURE AND SPORT WHO’S DOWN ON BULLFIGHT AND WOULDN’T BE CAUGHT DEAD DOING SPORT

IRRELEVANT QUOTE: "I am not an athlete. I’m saying this say for everything that has come out [on Twitter]. I do not like to practice sport but I do like sports, and I will support and love sport and support all athletes because they are heroes and heroines."

DEMOCRACY IN SPAIN: IT WORKS!

One might say that the Vote of No Confidence launched by Pedro Sanchez and the PSOE stemmed from a spur-of-the-moment decision, the direct result of the untenable situation brought about by the then incumbent Prime Minister’s failure to heed the national mood. Moreover, everyone agrees that it’s bumpy road all the way for Sanchez, the new President. But, hey, the democratic Constitution worked!

THE REAL MADRID

Any and everything about the fascinating capital city of Spain — and the Autonomous Community of Madrid — from its rich history through its vibrant present to what the future holds, recounted from every angle imaginable.
This category, however, goes beyond Madrid; it embraces stories of what occurred, are occurring, and will probably occur in the Spanish nation whose capital is Madrid.

  • RONALDO CRISTIANO AND REAL MADRID: HIS NINE HAPPIEST YEARS

    The most famous footballer in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo, says the nine years he played at Real Madrid were the happiest of his life. But he has just left, signing on with Juventus

  • VERANOS DE LA VILLA, MADRID’S CULTURAL CELEBRATION. ENJOY!

    Veranos is honoring the late Enrique Tierno Galván, Madrid’s first democratically elected mayor; he would have been 100 years old this year. Tierno Galván was mayor -- a most beloved one -- at the time of the Movida madrileña, the cultural movement during the Spanish transition to democracy after the death of dictator Francisco Franco. Tierno Galván hosted the first Veranos de la Villa

  • ON THE “DEATH” OF BOOKS: THE MADRID BOOK FAIR 2018

    As an avid lover of physical books, I went to the book fair with one question in mind: how is the Madrid Book Fair responding to the technological changes that are happening around us? Instead of finding a stall selling downloadable e-books, I found a different response. To those who say that books are dying, I say that they are changing. Books are no longer simply the words that fill their pages. They are objects of beauty that can be read and enjoyed, and then displayed proudly on a bookshelf or coffee table in one’s home. This is clear walking through the Madrid Book Fair.

  • 5 BEST INSTAGRAM BLOGS ABOUT MADRID

    Whether you're traveling around Madrid for a week or here indefinitely, it’s impossible to ever see enough of the Spanish capital. "5 Best Instagram Blogs" will definitely help!

  • NEW AGE SPAIN: EL ESCCORIAL REVISITED!

    Did you know that El Escorial was built starting in 1563 to be the final resting place for the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, the father of the Spanish King Phillip II? It was finished in 1584 as not only his palace but as a Hieronymite monastery--hence its somber shadows and design.

  • THE “TRUTH” IS LAUNCHED!

    The crowd enthusiastically applauded Nina's presentation of THE TRUTH EMERGES, her gut-wrenching, inspirational and deeply personal book.

  • SCENES OF DOS DE MAYO IN TODAY’S MADRID

    It's been 210 years but the places of Madrid heroism are still there, very much alive and thriving. See them as they are  today!

  • A GUIDEPOST REPRINT:”The Strawberry Line,” 12 July 1985

    Ten a.m. at Madrid’s Estación de las Delicias: a goods train, the Strawberry Train, is about to set off. In the 1850’s the train was the subject of much talk and excitement, described and romanticised by chronicles, poets and journalists. It carried the Royalty and their guests on hunting trips from Atocha station right up to the portals of the Royal Palace in Aranjuez. On their return to Madrid the local borough would present them with asparagus and strawberries and in commemoration of this tradition the hostesses today pass around baskets of strawberries to the tourists on the Tren de la Fresa