Not one to pass up a fortuitous holiday after the unforgivably lackluster Christmas season, the Spaniards geared up for frolic in the snow when Filomena stormed in. But when the pristine snow iced over and the fun was over, they're back to the old normal of the unrelenting COVID-19 and the elusive vaccines -- the much-touted light at the end of the tunnel -- that another Filomena could well snuff out if only because they're awfully scarce. The busted hospitality industry. . .
Ten a.m. at Madrid’s Estación de las Delicias: a goods train, the Strawberry Train, is about to set off. In the 1850’s the train was the subject of much talk and excitement, described and romanticised by chronicles, poets and journalists. It carried the Royalty and their guests on hunting trips from Atocha station right up to the portals of the Royal Palace in Aranjuez. On their return to Madrid the local borough would present them with asparagus and strawberries and in commemoration of this tradition the hostesses today pass around baskets of strawberries to the tourists on the Tren de la Fresa
Once the exclusive ride of the Spanish royalty and their nobility, the Strawberry Train went past vast strawberry fields! See Train schedule for April, May and June, and September and October.