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MADRID’S REAL JARDIN BOTANICO WILL TURN INTO AN ENCHANTED GARDEN THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!

Friends, lovers, families, and solitary promenaders will adore "Las Luces del Real Jardín Botánico - Christmas Garden." An enchanting event in a natural landscape --  the Royal Botanical Garden, Madrid. It's Christmas fairy tale all the way. Christmas lights and special light effects heighten the beauty of the magical spots that the Real Jardin is so rich with. The after-dark trail is 1.5 km long, lit up by countless led bulbs in their amazing sizes, shapes and colors.

AN AMERICAN CLUB INVITE. IT’S ABOUT THANKSGIVING!

The American Club of Madrid is excited to celebrate this traditional American event with our friends and families. Join us and share the joy of the special evening on the 28th of November!

TASTE YOUR EMOTION WITH FEDERICO CAPOVILLA

Salumificio Verza dates back to the early 1900s when legendary grandfather Antonio, known as “Verza”, used to butcher cattle and pigs bred in the valley. This ancestor would preserve the meat in caves filled with snow and ice that he himself would collect in his cart from the Fiorentini Highlands. The family traditions in the butchery trade, which has begun in Velo d' Astico, Italy in 1968, contines today with the same passion, tradition, and quality of cured meat products.

IT’S A SIN TO MISS THESE TWO SPECTACULAR SHOWS: OPERA LIVE from THE MET & the GAME OF THRONES Official Exhibition

♦ Big hit since its first season, “+ QUE CINE” has been bringing operas from the Metropolitan Opera in New York live via satellite to Spain's select movie theaters. ♦ THE GAME OF THRONES OFFICIAL EXHIBITION features a unique mix of immersive environments, interactives, and multimedia content. On hand to dazzle fans are  breathtaking images and enthralling artifacts -- authentic props, costumes and set decorations -- from this most awarded TV show in history.

Entertaining  —  October 2019: THINGS TO DO WHEN HALLOWEEN COMES AROUND!   

Monster Pepperoni and Garlic Bread  ♠ Halloween Nails ♠ LED Coke Bottle Jack O´Lantern and Ghosts ♠ Terminator Ant Killer 

BOTIN: TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT BUT IT’S THE OLDEST AND ONE OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN THE WORLD!

The Guinness World Records deems it the oldest restaurant in the world. Some dispute the title, claiming other restaurants have been there longer. But Jose “Pepe” Gonzalez, one of the proprietors of the fabled restaurant, does not mind. He credits its success to the quality of the food, the service and the ambiance. The bottom line, really, is that Sobrino de Botín is a formidable mix of great food, good vibes and a most fascinating history. The result is a much-deserved global fame that Pepe, a consummate restaurateur, seems to take in his stride.

REALLY, WHAT IS CATALONIA’S “TSUNAMI DEMOCRÀTIC” ABOUT?

Since 14 October, when Spain's Supreme Court decision to sentence the separatist leaders to years of jail terms was published, there seems to be an scalation of violence in the Tsunami Democràtic demonstrations. In the middle of it all, Catalonia President Quim Torra has provocatively declared that there will be a repeat of the illegal referendum on the independence of Catalonia before his term ends in 2020. Torra not only advocates civil disobedience; he headed up one of the demonstrations. Not exactly what a President of all Catalonia would do.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “FOCUS ON SPAIN,” 13 July 1979

““It’s difficult to be Spanish and not be an alcoholic. We are born almost programmed to be alcoholics, given the availability of this drug," notes Dr. Emilio Bogani, the director of Alcoholism and Toxicology at the Bétera Hospìtal in Valencia. The Spànish soociety is beginning to be educated against air pollution, but no one has organized any marches or demonstrations against liver pollution. Alcoholism is a disease and that the alcoholic should be treated as a sick person. . .

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Who’s Who, Where and Why!,” 15 JUNE 1990

Micahel Douglas and wife Diandra in Mallorca supervising the renovation of their newly acquired "dream house"// Spanish tenor Placido Domingo opening the glittering homage to Dame Magot Fonteyn at London’s Covent Garden; enthusiastic in their applause were Diana, the Princess of Wales, and Princess Margaret.// Paco Rabanne presenting his latest collection at Madrid’s fashionable Joy Eslava. //Spain’s Infanta Cristina celebrating her 25th birthday in New York and missing her uncle’s (ex King Constantine of Greece) 50th birthday party in London. Some 600 guests attended, including Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, the Prince and Princess of Wales, and Constantine’s sister and brother-in-law Queen Sofia and King Juan Carlos I of Spain. . .

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “COOKING WITH CAVA IS NEVER OUT OF SEASON,” 20 APRIL 1990

The Christmas season and New Year’s are long gone. . . Your bodega, however, is still brimming with leftover bubbly. Now’s a good time to make use of your remaining cava, subtly tantalizing the tastebuds in the more tranquil days ahead. Try cooking with it, keeping your family and friends guessing, and adding “sparkle” to both favorite and new dishes.

A SECOND OPINION: PLACIDO DOMINGO DROPS OUT OF THE MET’S MACBETH

The furor over Placido Domingo's relationships with women during his long-spanning career in Opera has reached a crescendo. He decided at the last minute to drop out of what would have been his first US performance since the sexual harassment allegations surfaced in August, from Verdi's "Macbeth" at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. The Philadelphia Orchestra and the San Francisco Opera had already canceled his performances with them, citing "the need to provide a safe workplace."

SPAIN IS CROWNED BASKETBALL WORLD CHAMPION !

Spain never let up, overpowering its Championship rival from start to finish. The final score was Spain 95 – Argentina 75. The Basketball World Cup in Beijing is Spain's second Championship win, the first being in 2006, beating Greece 70-47 in Saitama, Japan. But while still basking in the glow of its recent coup on the court, La Roja is now setting its sights on the gold medal at the Olympic Games 2020 in Tokyo!

“EL VIAJE MAS LARGO” COMMEMORATES THE FIRST CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF THE WORLD 500 YEARS AGO!

The monumental and evocatively titled "El Viaje Más Largo" (The Longest Voyage) Exhibition has just been opened by the King and Queen of Spain at the General Archives of the Indies in Seville. This you won't want to miss! Will give you a blow-by-blow account shortly. Keep an eye here! It's about the momentous Magellan-Elcano voyage of discovery, setting off globalization at a time when only a handful of rara avises thought the world was round!

THE SPANISH GOVERNMENT’S CONTINGENCY PLANS ARE A PRIORITY AS BREXIT APPROACHES

The Acting Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, held several working meetings in London to evaluate and strengthen the contingency plans of the Government of Spain in the event of a no-deal withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. "Strengthening contingency plans before Brexit is a government priority," she says.

SPAIN IS GEARING UP FOR EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK, 16 — 22 SEPTEMBER!

The fast approaching European Mobility Week is spotlighting safe walking and cycling as a means of clean and sustainable transport. Join the campaign!

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.

  • THE GREEN TRAIN HURTLES DOWN TO ITS 100TH BIRTHDAY LIKE THE CHAMP THAT IT IS

    On 17 October 1919 King Alfonso XIII of Spain inaugurated the capital’s first ever subway line. It went from under the Puerta del Sol in the center of the city up 3.48 kilometers north to Cuatro Caminos. A century later, the fledgling underground transport system of a measly eight stations boasts 12 lines and 302 stations, spanning 294 kilometers. It is the third longest subway in Europe, and the world’s eighth. It is a vanguard of accessibility with its 1705 escalators and 530 lifts. It has always run on electrciity, even long before saving our Planet via the clean-air route has become an urgent task!
  • AT LAST MADRID IS TAKING CLEAN AIR SERIOUSLY!

    When the pedestrianization of the iconic Puerta del Sol is done, and the ongoing remodelling of the Plaza de Canalejas is completed, the Madrileños will enjoy “one of the great urban areas that any European capital must have,” according to the Mayor of Madrid.
  • FOLKS ARE BACK FROM SUMMER VACATION! AMERICAN CLUB ANNOUNCES ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

    Date:  September 10, 2019. Time:   First call to order 5:00 pm; Second call to order 6:00 pm. Place:    Hotel Intercontinental, 49 Paseo de la Castellana, Madrid
  • KICK THE BALL BUT PLEASE DON’T CHOP DOWN THE TREES!

    The massive felling of trees constitutes a very serious infringement of the Law 8/2005 for the Protection and Promotion of Urban

  • A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “MADRID: A VIEW FROM ‘DOWN UNDER’,” 29 JULY 1983

    Rodney Ward, like many back-packing ‘cowboys’ of the mid-seventies, first arrived in Madrid in 1975 and was at once struck by Spain’s fine old capital city. Although planning to move on within a few days, the Magic of Madrid compelled him to stay for two years. Only then did Rodney Ward set off back to Australia. Does he miss Madrid? “It’s always nice to come home,"he says, but Madrid gets in the blood.

  • THE BATTLE OF THE BAD AIR IN MADRID

    One of the very first things Madrid's new rightwing government has done was to impose a moratorium on the fines on unauthorized vehicles that enter Madrid Central, thereby allowing that low-emissions area to revert to the free-for-all area it used to be. Fortunately, last week the court stepped in and suspended the moratorium as a precautionary measure. The court ruling will remain in force until a new decision is made. What will the fate of Madrid Central be?

  • MEMBERS OF THE AMERICAN CLUB OF MADRID & THEIR FRIENDS INVITED TO CELEBRATE 4TH OF JULY

    Leave it to ACM to cheer you on for a great Fourth of July celebration!

  • WELCOME TO THE LIRIA PALACE, DEPOSITORY OF THE DIARY CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS WROTE IN HIS VOYAGES TO THE NEW WORLD

    Palacio de Liria: the official residence of the Duke/Duchess of Alba, the biggest private residence in the capital, next only in importance to the Royal Palace a stone’s throw away. It houses the Fundacion Casa de Alba’s art and historical collection, one of the biggest and most important privately owned collections in Spain. It used to be that you had to wait years for the (paid) privilege of visiting the Liria. But now the House of Alba Foundation has decided to convert the Liria into a regular museum, open to the public everyday