All that is most typical of Madrid is fast disappearing and only a few powerless die-hard madrileños seem to care. Among the fatalities are the old-time cafés, those congenial meeting-places where you could go, meet friends, talk art and politics and pleasantly idle away the hours sipping black coffee and cognac.
Miró: "I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music"
The French national anthem played as a filmed video took viewers to sumptuous sites in Paris. It was the apéritif of the coming Summer Olympics 2024. One could only hope that the accursed pandemic will just be a nightmare that will have been long forgotten by the time the Pairs Games come around – but for the lessons that will have been learned. In fact, that’s the mood and promise at the Eiffel Tower last Sunday.
Most of the respondents have supported the State of Alarm. Now that it has been wound up, they intend to uphold the pandemic protocols set by it on a voluntary basis. The minority, who were not in favor, call the State of Alarm unnecessary when not illegal, "an instrument to allow corrupt politicians and the Ibex 35 to do what they want with us."
On Sunday, 11 October 2020, the World’s Number 2 ATP player demolished Serbian Novak Djokovic, the World’s Number 1, in three straight sets at the Roland Garros final. As the Spanish national anthem resounded in the Philippe Chatrier court, tears of emotion glistened in the Spanish eyes. In his victory speech, Rafa Nadal said, "I never hide that I would love to finish my career being the player with more Grand Slams, no doubt about that. The records, of course, I care." About Roger Federer who got there first, he said, "We will see when we end our careers. I believe our rivalry is something beautiful."
On this mild Sunday, 9 June 2019, the combatants at the Roland Garros men’s final started off evenly matched. But when all is said and done, Dominic Thiem was playing his second ever Grand Slam final against Refa Nadal’s up till then 17 final wins! And even though he became the first player to win a set against the Spaniard in a French Open final since 2014, that was hardly enough to topple the King of Clay from his throne
After the hurdles my friend and I overcame, I don’t think I was really able to enjoy Paris. I couldn’t properly communicate with the people or understand many of the words aroun me. I’ve realized that although traveling to a country without knowing the language may seem exciting, it can be extremely frustrating.
He walked up to the podium for his victory speech not to the sound of “La Marseillaise” but of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”, the anthem of Europe! Vive l'Union Européenne!