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WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED IN ANIMATED ANIMARIO?

With the motto "Imagine the real, create what's imaginable," the Animario International Festival of Animation Movies boasts a programming replete with the must-see movies of the genre. For example, The Breadwinner and Another Day of Life. Mexico's Animasivo Festival de Animación Contemporanea is "guest festival".

CHOCOLATE FOR YOUR SWEET TOOTH: SALON INTERNACIONAL DE CHOCOLATE DE MADRID

Listen, you people happily afflicted with Sweet Tooth, you’re in luck. Chocolate is getting its very own annual international fair in Madrid, the Salon Internacional del Chocolate de Madrid, starting this year. And what a sweet event – even aphrodisiac, since chocolate allegedly is! (14-16 September, Galería de Cristal, Palacio de Cibeles, Madrid)

GOURMET’S CHOICE: THE RESTAURANT INDO CHINE & ITS CINEMATIC INDO CHINE VIETNAMESE CUISINE

If you have ever dreamed of sitting in an Indo Chine  Vietnamese or Japanese garden, then the Restaurant Indo Chine shall transport you and your guests to Asia within a 45 minute plane ride from Madrid or a  2 hour train ride, to Barcelona. This is one of the most acclaimed eateries for authentic Indo Chine Vietnamese Cuisine.

THE FALL SYNDROME: It Can’t Be that Bad at the CentroCentro Movies!

So you’re one of those who have returned to Madrid after vacationing somewhere carefree and glorious and you think all that’s waiting for you in the capital is drudgery? Think again. There are any number of welcome-back amusements to ease the nasty landing. You can head for Cibeles de Cine, for instance, where blockbuster movies are shown under the magnificent dome of CentroCentro's Crystal Gallery, with mojitos to hand!

STATESIDE STORIES: SUMMER SIGHTINGS!

The heat rippled up from the vast fields of grain, high on the Eastern Oregon plateaus, nary a tree or bush in sight. It's the Wheat Farmer's Territory, tilled by huge combines and tractors, irrigated by specially arched pipe sprinklers which awed these city slickers for the work they entailed and the sheer enormity of their undertaking: being the breadbasket to the world!

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “THE ALHAMBRA: THE MEN WHO BUILT IT, ITS GLORIOUS PAST,” 18 OCTOBER 1963

There exists in the landscape of the mind an ideal place where every sense is touched by velvet and time cannot intrude, the Alhambra

IT’S HARVEST TIME, PLEASE DON’T RAIN ON THE LOVELY SAFFRON!

The Fall harvest season in Spain is on. For olives, it starts in September and ends in November. For the wines, September-October is the season. For “the most expensive spice on earth”, the last three weeks of October. . . For most non-locals, joining the pickers and the foot-stompers is great fun and an eye-opening experience

9/11 REMEMBERED WITH SEPT 16 DAR CEREMONY AT PARQUE JUAN CARLOS MADRID

Daughters of the American Revolution, España Chapter: "Patriot´s Day -- September 11th -- is the moment to get together for a remembrance ceremony 17 years after the 9/11 attacks. But as the Day falls on a Tuesday it is more practical for all those who could accompany us to meet on Sunday the 16th. As in previous years, we will meet at the Parque Juan Carlos I - at the site where the American Embassy planted 10 red oaks brought from the US on the 10th anniversary of the attack on the Twin Towers."

RICH & POOR IN SPAIN: MILLIONAIRES THRIVE IN THE LAND OF WAITERS

In a popular talk show on a Spanish TV channel, Spain was dubbed Land of Waiters in an attempt to draw attention to the plight of many university graduates – and the young in general – who can’t find jobs in suitable sectors. Not even in any which sector that pays “decent” and one doesn’t have to be a working poor. Grim, right? Oh but in this “Land of Waiters” the number of taxpayers whose declared assets are worth more than €30 million has tripled in the last ten years!

AS VACATIONERS HEAD FOR HOME AT THE BEGINNING OF SEPTEMBER, SPAIN LOOKS ON ANOTHER BUMPER YEAR FOR ITS TOURISM INDUSTRY

Spain ranks second worldwide in international tourist arrivals (81.8 million), second in international tourism earnings ($60 billion), and tops the World Economic Forum's Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index

EU FOLK, KNOW YOUR RIGHT TO PRIVACY & HOW TO PROTECT IT FROM FACEBOOK, AMAZON, ETC.

It doesn’t matter what format the data takes – online on a computer system or on paper in a structured file – whenever information directly or indirectly identifying you as an individual is stored or processed, your data protection rights have to be respected. EU data protection rules guarantee the protection of your personal data whenever they are collected. These rules apply to both companies and organisations in the EU and those based outside the EU who offer goods or services in the EU, such as Facebook or Amazon, whenever these companies request or re-use the personal data of individuals in the EU.

THE AMAZING MEDINA AZAHARA, A WORLD HERITAGE SITE

The Versailles of the Middle Ages, a dazzling series of palaces full of treasures never seen before, the largest known city built from scratch in Western Europe, the most beautiful Islamic monument in Al-Andalus

TRADITION! HERE’S A TOMATO IN-YOUR-FACE!

The crush of the crowds and the crushing tomatoes make La Tomatina one of the wildest of Spanish festivals, but a lot safer than the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona. It is always held on the last Wednesday in August

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Ibiza: HIPPY PARADISE IN THE MEDITERRANEA,” 12 SEPTEMBER 1969

On a high stool in Wauna’s Bar, a crop-haired betrousered dowager listened enraptured as a bearded youth in an ankle length silk green gown serenaded her on the flute. Enrique snapped a photo and was rewinding his camera when a menacing crowd gathered. "Go home, Squares!" someone growled. "The Seventh Invasion of Ibiza. First the Phoenicians, the Greeks, the Carthaginians and the Romans, then the Catalans, the Moors and finally…these!"

IBIZA TODAY

The island has grown as a tourist town greatly since the 60’s, but still maintains its roots with its mystery and culture, as well as knowing how to have a good time

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.