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HOW TO CREATE CONTROVERSY THE SUREFIRE WAY: THE SIGHTS & CAUSTIC SOUNDS OF MASCLETÀ IN MADRID

"There surely could have been a better, consensual way to toast the world-famous Fallas de Valencia in the nation’s capital and reach the avowed goal of boosting tourism too. One that everybody would have been glad to join. Where there was room for all: humans, wildlife, pets. Madrileños and Valencianos."

ROCKLAND FESTIVAL: FREE OUTSTANDING ARTS EVENTS

Take a listen. Outstanding arts events waiting for you! FREE! 26 January - 9 February 2024. If you're in or anywhere near New York on the date, join!

THE HUGELY POPULAR FIESTA OF THE VIRGEN DEL CASTILLO: THE BLASTING NOISE OF A SOLEMN OCCASION

In contrast with the silence and solemnity of most “Semana Santa” processions, the Fiestas de la Virgen del Castillo in the Murcian town of Yecla feature a colorful display of waving flags and banners and blasting noise. These fiestas that celebrate the miracle performed by the Virgen del Castillo, ending a military confrontation without bloodshed, have been declared of National Touristic Interest and and hope to win international recognition too.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Bringing Back Them Old Family Christmases,” 22 December 1972 (PART 1)

"I am one of those travelers who tend to identify places with what was eaten there! Perhaps by trying to develop a little more of the atmosphere of those old-fashioned Christmases at home that we want to re-live, we would do more to recapture them than depending on the elements of a menu to do so. What most of us want is the sense of a family together, sharing in the meaning and merriment both of the holiday season."

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Bringing Back Them Old Family Christmases,” 22 December 1972 (PART 2)

Betty Sode, GUIDEPOST's chef of chefs in the 1970s, says "Try a real home-made Christmas – they’re still the best." Here's how!

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Seekers of the Sun,” 27 October 1972

"Massive foreign invasion is occurring on the sunny shores of the incredibly blue Mediterranean. Tourists barrel in by jet planes and on package tours lured by the sun, the affordable prices, and the grace and fire of  the people and their rich culture."

HEMINGWAY’S HAUNTS IN A MADRID GRIPPED BY THE CIVIL WAR

Revisit Ernest Hemingway's haunts in Madrid and join him, a reporter covering the Abraham Lincoln Brigade's fight against fascism across Spain.

SPAIN IS NUMBER 1 TOURIST DESTINATION!

In 2023, Spain was visited by 85.1 million international tourists. This record smasher makes the legendary land of the Man of La Mancha the world’s top tourist destination. Moreover, Spain hold the highest score in Statista's Travel and Tourism Development Index. France, the perennial Number One, is expected to slide down to second place, attracting an estimated 79 million to 85 million foreign visitors. Sangria anyone?

EU SERIES: THE EUROPEAN UNION, STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH (2)

A primer on the European Union (EU): membership in the EU; the Schengen Area; the Euro; the EU flag, anthem, and its languages; EU institutions and values. . .

EU SERIES: THE EUROPEAN UNION, STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH (1)

EU basics: What the European Union is, its origins, its goals and values, gains and successes. Special mention: the EU as a Nobel Peace laureate. The EU and Brexit.

EU SERIES: WOMEN IN THE EU LIVE LONGER BUT WON’T BEAR MORE CHILDREN TO RESCUE THE POPULATION

Eurostat numbers on hand, it is but logical to conclude that while the ability of women in the EU to choose the age at which they would be mothers is GOOD news, it is at once a mixed blessing. Apparently, women have chosen not only to put motherhood on hold but also to have an insufficient number of children when they finally decide to have them. (Spanish women top the list of those who postpone motherhood AND have the least number of children to boot.) In so doing, Europe is unable to keep its population constant unless boosted by immigrants.

EU SERIES: CAN EUROPE MAINTAIN THE SIZE OF ITS POPULATION WITHOUT OUTSIDE HELP? EUROSTAT NUMBERS SAY NOPE

There aren't enough factors to keep the size of the EU population constant. Crude birth rates cannot offset crude death rates. Fertility rates are plunging. When she should be giving birth to 2.1 children in her child-bearing years, the Spanish woman, for one, gives birth to just 1.23, making Spain among the EU Member States with the lowest fertility rates.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Spain Through an American’s Eyes,” 14 July1972

"Robert Barnete is probably the best-known foreign painter of Spain today.   More than a painter, he is an interpreter of the color and vitality of Spanish lore.   His principal themes flamenco and bulls come alive on canvas. Recently, in the offices of the Ministry of Information and Tourism, in a ceremony presided by the Minister himself, the American painter was honored.  His public acclaim results from his graceful, action-filled expressions of Spanish life.

FABULOUS FATSO RAINED BILLIONS OF EUROS ON SPAIN

Spain has just celebrated the biggest and much-awaited special Christmas draw of the National Lottery, the "El Gordo de Navidad", the world's biggest lottery draw. El Gordo rained more than €2.5 billion in prizes across the country. Want to find out if you've gotten drenched in the deluge and not know it? Read on.

THE PRESIDENT OF SPAIN WANTS A DULY RECOGNIZED PALESTINIAN STATE AND WON’T WAIT A MINUTE MORE

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is set to go it alone if the European Union won't act as a united entity and recognize Palestine as an independent and soveriegn state. For Sánchez, a Palestine state is about the only guarantee for sustainable peace not only between biblical antagonists Israel and Palestine but in the region as well. Sánchez's stand quickly earned him Israel's ire, bringing Spain and Israel's diplomatic relations to the brink of collapse.

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.

  • 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!

  • VERANOS DE LA VILLA 2023: COME JOIN THE FESTIVAL IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE IN MADRID!

    For those who are staying put in Madrid because they want to, or can't travel outside for one reason or another, or those who have come visiting the nation's capital, LOS VERANOS DE LA VILLA is organized with you in mind. Come join the fun in the city whose love for fiestas is boundless!

  • SUNDAY, GRIM SUNDAY

    The leftist parties suffered a debacle in the recent local elections thay they were not prepared for. The elections were a dress rehearsal for the upcoming parliamentary elections which were advanced by President Pedro Sanchez to 23 July of this year and from which a new President of the Government will emerge. As such, it's not quite likely that the "pregressives" could rise from their ashes even when that second defeat could mean the dismatling of Spain's welfars state.

  • A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “The Valley of Lozoya: Rascafría & El Paular,” 14 August 1970

    The pine forest of El Paular in the Valley of Lozoya is the most beautiful of all Spain, so the people who live there claim. Thousand-year-old tales, as romantic as any ever told in Spain, originated in the valley which lies just behind the Guadarrama Mountain Range, visible from Madrid. Not only tourists and historians find a store of history here, but fishermen, hunters, hikers, skiers, bird watchers, swimmers and mountain climbers too. The visitor’s first surprise is a luxuriant green valley dotted with vegetable gardens, a contrast to the bleak Castilian plateau. But there was a time in the long history of Lozoya when, despite the prodigious gift of beauty from Nature itself, the valley lay in ruins.

  • MADRID’S MACHISMO ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

    Madrid is reputed to be the Capital of the Land of Machismo, home to the hotheaded Latin Lover who, self-serving, acts as though -- if not thoroughly convinced that -- he knew what was good for women and expects his womenfolk to take note. Whether this is pure myth in today’s modern Madrid or there’s a lingering truth to it, it should be interesting – elucidating –  to see how Madrid celebrates International Women’s Day.