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THE OLYMPICS, THE SEINE, AND THE MAYOR: WHO WILL FINE HIDALGO FOR SWIMMING IN THE RIVER?

The Seine River will take center-stage at the Paris 2024 Summer Olympic Games. It is certified swimmable. And truly magnificent historical landmarks provide an irresistible backdrop. But the thing is: Since 1923, the river is off-limits to swimming. And the ban, as far as anybody could tell, has not been lifted. Will the Mayor of Paris be accountable for taking a dip to attest to the water's suitability?

SNAPSHOT: Travel to Japan

Check out this GUIDEPOST Report for the list of countries eligible for short-stay visas to Japan, and those that are eligible for Japnaese E-visas. Japan s one of the most popular destinations in the Far East.

WHERE IS THE RAINBOW?

People look up at the MADO posters hanging high up on posts along the main streets of Madrid and are flabbergasted. The Rainbow Flag, universal symbol of Gay Pride, has been bumped off the high-occupancy posters, potpourris rich with graphics: a martini glass, bears, flowers, a high-heel shoe, condoms, flowers, teddy bears. . . But where's the Rainbow!

Organic Food Iberia, What’s It About ?

Organic Food Iberia is for people who"care about Food, Health and the Planet," always keeping in mind that "sustainability and the environment are important to all of us." A vast array of products from four hundred forward-looking brands defined this impressive trade fair. Watch out for Organic Food Iberia's 2025 edition!

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Sevilla: A Must in Spring,” 13 April 1984 (Part 2)

“Quien no ha visto Sevilla, no ha visto maravilla” (He who hasn’t seen Seville, hasn’t seen a wonder), and truer words were never spoken

LA ROJA, THE NEW GODS OF OLYMPUS

Following their recent record-breaking Euro Cup win, La Roja is the most successful national team of the 21st century and its young, vibrant, talented, and brave players are the new gods of football's Olympus.

ADIOS, GOLDEN VISA OF THE MILLIONAIRES!

"The so-called Real Estate Golden Visa will be scrapped. This is because it has been found to exacerbate the severe housing shortage in Spain, putting a heavy strain on the real estate market, driving prices up and encouraging speculation, not to mention money laundering. Instead, the Government will focus on the promotion of affordable new home ownership, the rehabilitation of old residential properties, and the construction of high-quality social rental housing for the local population. However, no exact exact date for the termination of the Real Estate Golden Visa has been given. Moreover, other Golden Visa investments will still buy Residence Permits.

The President of the European Parliament on the Results of the European Parliament Elections 2024

The election of the world's largest democratic parliament, the European Parliament, was held 6 - 9 June 2024. With the provisional results now in, the next agenda of the European Parliament is the election of the new President of the European Commission. In all likelihood incumbernt president Ursula von der Leyen will be RE-elected since her consrvative party, the European People's Party, won the largest number of parliamentary seats.

PEDRO GIRALDO, MATADOR AND AFICIONADO

From his humble beginnings as someone who could only do a capea, to an acclaimed Matador de Toros, Pedro Giraldo made his own indelible mark on the tauromaquia in Spain. It was a sad day when he passed away, leaving behind him his adoring family, his many friends, and bullfighting colleagues and co-afinionados who grieve his loss.

IN LOVNG MEMORY

Commemorating the life of a dedicated bullfighter and familyman, Don Pedro Giraldo

MANTON DE MANILA, THE SHAWL THAT SENT HUNDREDS OF SHIPS INTO A GLOBAL SPIN

The exciting adventures of Manton de Manila. From 1565 to the present. Across the worlds most dangerous oceans. With unassailable historicity to back the amazing tale.

SPAIN’S SHINING RECORD IN ORGAN DONATION & TRANSPLANT, A TWO-PART SERIES: (2) Spain Outperforms Itself

The last time the Global Observatory on Donation and Transplantation looked, Spain, the world leader in organ donation and transplant, has outperformed itself and broken its own historic record! Donations from the living, asystolic donations, single transplantation, multi-organ transplantation; you name it, Spain's record is best.

SPAIN’S  SHINING RECORD IN ORGAN DONATION & TRANSPLANT, A TWO-PART SERIES: (1) One in Four EU Donors are from Spain

The worldwide success of Spanish donation and transplantation knows no peer. Speaking glowingly of this extraordinary record, the Acting Minister of Health, José Miñones, declares that this"is a source of pride."

THE EUROPEAN UNION CONDEMNS IRANIAN ATTACK ON ISRAEL; SPAIN IS “GREATLY CONCERNED”

EC statement: "We the Leaders of the G7 condemn the massive Iranian attack against Israel, using drones and missiles, in the strongest terms. We express our solidarity and support to the people of Israel and reaffirm our unshakable commitment towards its security. Iran's actions risk provoking an uncontrollable regional escalation. This must be avoided. We will continue to work to stabilize the situation." Spain is following with "great concern" post-attack developments.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “THE GAUDINESS OF GAUDI,” 14 January 1972

"Having accepted the Gothic style as a basis for the architecture of La Familia Sagrada, Gaudi resolved to eliminate difficulties inherent in purely Gothic architecture. The result has been acclaimed by some as the most important step in architecture since the XII century, the immutable shape of his dream. It will cover double the area of Venice's St. Mark's, and will rise more than 65 feet higher than St. Peter's of Rome."

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.

  • MADRID’S COCKTAIL CULTURE

    Chicote, the iconic watering hole where local and international celebrities have left and will continue to leave their mark, is where you´re bound to have guanranteed great gin and vodka cocktails in an unbeatable ambience.

  • KICK OFF YOUR SUMMER IN MADRID GETTING ACQUAINTED WITH THE JAPANESE KIMONO

    Getting better acquainted with the Japanese kimono this Summer in Madrid, via the exhibition “Kimono, Identidad Cambiante: Un Siglo a Pie de Calle (Kimono, Changing Identity: A Century Out in the Street),” and the conference-demonstration "Cómo Vestir el Kimono Japonés: Kitsuke (How to Put On the Japanese Kimono: Kitsuke)."

  • COOL CARABANCHEL, DIVINE WHEN NOT FLAWED

    Working-class Carabanchel, complete with a colorful population, an animated street life, a surprisingly urban scene not overly sullied by unsightly graffiti, and a notorious prison to remind one that evil has a stealthy way of lurking in a democratic country, is on its way to becoming Madrid's So-Ho and is one of the coolest barrios in the world into the bargain!

  • A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S WAKING DREAM  

    There’s a slight breeze. It’s summer night at its best. Madrileños are out to enjoy it. And yet it's the eve of the eve of Spring. Madrid has a quasi-pathological penchant for acting as though the sun (or, in this case, the moon) is always up there shining on folks -- the chosen people -- whatever the weather.

  • A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Madrid’s Public Transportation–‘Best in Europe’,” 15 September 1972

    "Madrid’s system of transportation has to be the best in Europe and the most varied because Spanish society has placed a heavy burden on it. That burden is the custom of the siesta which means that, unlike Paris or London, there are four rush hours in the nation's capital instead of two."

  • IT’S THE WITCHING HOUR. CINDERELLA & PRINCE CHARMING, YOUR CARRIAGE WAITS!

    The municipal government of Madrid has beefed up its fleet of night buses in an attempt to attract night-outers: the midnight Cinderellas and their Princes Charming as it were, as well as workers on the night shift. Fondly called “buhos” (night owls), these sustainable, eco-friendly, and cost- effective buses ply their routes from 23:30 to 6:00 AM. All aboard now!

  • THE AMAZING LIFE IN TIMELESS MADRID

    "In Madrid, there’s time for everything because life lasts longer here. In the city that follows the pace you set, time is measured in quality of life, days of sunshine and opportunities. There’s always time to learn, make progress, launch a project or simply live better here. Madrid is the ultimate capital for those who are the masters of their time. In Madrid, time always starts with you. Madrid is the city of your time."

  • YOUR DATE WITH THE VIRGIN OF LA PALOMA AT THE HEIGHT OF SUMMER 2023

    To honor the Virgen de La Paloma, "patrona popular de los Madrileños": Religious activities, Chotis , Concerts, Shows, Contests. . . A most "castiza" fiesta in the heart of Old Madrid!