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THE CRUZ-ALMODOVAR DREAM TEAM TAKES VENICE BY STORM

THE CRUZ-ALMODOVAR DREAM TEAM TAKES VENICE BY STORM »

18 Sep, 2021
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The Spanish movie PARALLEL MOTHERS, directed by Pedro Almodovar and starring Penelope Cruz, elicited a nine-minute standing ovation at its screening on the opening night of the Venice Film Festival. Predictably, Cruz bagged the Coppa Volpi for Best Actress. That done, the Dream Team now sets its sights on the New York Film Festival and -- why not? -- the Academy Awards. It won't be the first time for the Team to win an Oscar either.

SWEET AND SAINTLY: (1) The Candied Almonds of the Poor Clares of Alcalá

SWEET AND SAINTLY: (1) The Candied Almonds of the Poor Clares of Alcalá »

15 Sep, 2021
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The documented existence of the caramelized almonds in Alcalá de Henares, 35 km northeast of the nation's capital, dates back to the 18th century although it is probably Arab in origin and as such these garrapiñadas (the Spanish name for candied almonds) would date much further back. You can buy the garrapiñadas at the stores but there’s nothing like buying them from the Convent of the Poor Clares of San Diego in Alcalá, probably the nearest thing to the candied almonds’ birthplace. The garrapiñadas are exquisite. And so is the experience of buying them at the Convent.

CASA ALBERTO, FINE DINING IN THE  HOME OF FABULOUS AMBIENCE

CASA ALBERTO, FINE DINING IN THE HOME OF FABULOUS AMBIENCE »

5 Sep, 2021
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At Casa Alberto you enjoy not only its good cuisine but also its unique atmosphere When Alfonso Delgado took over Casa Alberto in 1993, he decided to paint the front door red, the typical color of 19th-century establishments. Alberto explains: “I wanted to return it to its former splendor, by preserving its traditional essence, while adding a touch of new life.”

THE METRO GRAN VIA MAKE-OVER: An Engineering Feat and a Thing of Beauty

THE METRO GRAN VIA MAKE-OVER: An Engineering Feat and a Thing of Beauty »

30 Jul, 2021
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A 3-year €21-million project. The most modern facilities of Madrid's entire subway network. A spectacular landmark marquee of translucent glass and steel. A Metro station that empathizes with passengers. An 8-storey building underground. Respecter of cultural heritage.

CLASSIC RESTAURANTS AND THE PERIL OF   THE PANDEMIC: (1) Casa Salvador

CLASSIC RESTAURANTS AND THE PERIL OF THE PANDEMIC: (1) Casa Salvador »

23 Jul, 2021
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As Salvador and his nephew Pepe were both warm and outgoing and served great food, Casa Salvador, founded in 1941, became a meeting place for people from all walks of life: leading politicians, influential bankers, journalists, writers, artists, entertainers and bullfighters. The list of regular diners and celebrities is endless. And Ángeles, third-generation Blázquez, says: "I love what I do and I am determined to keep the doors to Casa Salvador open during these difficult times"

THE LAVENDER IS SPANISH TOO!

THE LAVENDER IS SPANISH TOO! »

15 Jul, 2021
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If you go by fame alone, you’re bound to think there were only two varieties of lavender worth naming in Europe: the English lavender and the French. But giving them a run for their money is the Spanish variety. And the small town of Brihuega is the place to go -- and enjoy the spectacular display of Nature's very profitable work of art.

MADRID LAUNCHES A NEW INTERNATIONAL TOURISM CAMPAIGN

MADRID LAUNCHES A NEW INTERNATIONAL TOURISM CAMPAIGN »

15 Jun, 2021
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In its latest endeavour to inspire future visitors to the city, the Madrid City Council’s Tourism Department has launched a new international tourism campaign to promote the image of the capital. The target is the city’s main strategic markets and the aim is to secure Madrid’s position as a world-leading urban destination.

THE TOURISM THAT’S HERE ALREADY: What’s it Like?

THE TOURISM THAT’S HERE ALREADY: What’s it Like? »

12 Jun, 2021
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The affluent post-Covid tourist seeks gourmet gastronomy in a safe and less crowded back-to-Nature environment. The lower-income would-be tourist won't be traveling yet.

THE COAST IS CLEAR

THE COAST IS CLEAR »

7 Jun, 2021
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The pandemic in Europe is easing off satisfactorily, allowing Spain to finally open up its ports to international cruise ships. Get to know the fabulous ports that await you!

STATESIDE STORIES: Infrastructure Plan Proposed by Biden

STATESIDE STORIES: Infrastructure Plan Proposed by Biden »

17 Apr, 2021
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U.S. President Joe Biden has proposed a $2 trillion dollar infrastructure upgrade plan for the US to ameliorate its ranking 15th in the world for infrastructure investments in roads, bridges and more