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.
Free guided tours in June, July and September.
One of my unfailing delights of living in Spain, undiminished after 17 years, is the spectacular and varied range of its landscapes and natural beauty. Crammed into the roughly five hundred thousand square kilometres of its bull-hide shaped geography, one goes from the dazzling white villages of the south with immense vistas of olive plantations, red earth under a diamond-hard blue sky, to the vast wheat plains of Castile
The crowd enthusiastically applauded Nina's presentation of THE TRUTH EMERGES, her gut-wrenching, inspirational and deeply personal book.
"From May 7th to the 10th, Madrid turned into an enormous feast for the senses at the 32nd Gastronomic Convention, Salons Gourmets, held at IFEMA. I had once again been immersed in gastronomic bliss and enjoyed to the utmost. This year´s programme was full of appetising creations from across the seven seas."
It's not just the religious rituals and dancing the chotis. It's also about sinful gastronomy. You could put on weight just by looking at those chorizos! Yummy, though.
You're very cordially invited to the ACM''s May events!
There are actually only 195 countries in the world today. If we can’t handle these 195 or so Nations, how are we going to deal with extra-terrestrial colonies and the continued exploration of the waiting Universe? Maybe New Age Spaniards would like to try and answer that question!
"Living and working in an African country is extremely difficult for a European. The challenges you face are many. If you really want to operate in a proper way, you must adapt to the host culture, not forcing it to adapt to us. And this is actually a wonderful journey in an unknown world!"