SPAIN ACROSS THE YEARS. PART 1: Sanguinary Civil War, Ferocious Fascism, and the Dawning of a Better Life »
Here is an enthralling personal account of fascism and the Franco dictatorship by the author who was in Spain in the mid-1970s on the University of California Berkeley’s Education Abroad Program: "The last time I set foot in Spain in 1974 and 1975 fascism and the Franco dictatorship were in their last last legs. Returning 47 years later I braced myself for experiencing big changes."
During my thirty years as a TWA flight attendant, I spent many a layover at the Hotel Plaza. Whether coming off a new Boeing 707 in the sixties, the whale-sized 747 in the eighties or a sleek 767 in the nineties, the Plaza was my home away from home. The hotel was nestled inside the Edificio España, wrapped in a cozy cocoon of cafeterias, bars, restaurants and watering holes that catered to all tastes. There always seemed to be fruit floating in the water of the pool in the top floor from someone's sangria. And once in a while, a naked Maja was seen running across the balcony chased by a Don Juan Tenorio.
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.
On 17 October 1919 King Alfonso XIII of Spain inaugurated the capital’s first ever subway line. It went from under the Puerta del Sol in the center of the city up 3.48 kilometers north to Cuatro Caminos. A century later, the fledgling underground transport system of a measly eight stations boasts 12 lines and 302 stations, spanning 294 kilometers. It is the third longest subway in Europe, and the world’s eighth. It is a vanguard of accessibility with its 1705 escalators and 530 lifts. It has always run on electrciity, even long before saving our Planet via the clean-air route has become an urgent task!
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So have fun in Madrid – or any tourist places around Spain, for that matter – but be alert and always be on your guard
Madrid is not only one of the best valued cities, according to the Best Cities Global Alliance; Best Cities also predicts Madrid's brilliant rise in the ranking in the next few years. It is currently the eleventh on the list of the world's top 100 cities. The top three are London, Paris and New York.
The acclaimed musical comedy, Young Frankenstein, promises to be a major hit as EL JOVENCITO FRANKENSTEIN in Madrid. Watch the video we've provided here and you'll see why. You might even decide to come to THE show!
Afternoon sun dapples trees in front of the Royal Palace in early Fall
by Chris Collins