Bus 001 of the Linea Cero as it passes in front of Plaza España in the Moncloa-Aravaca district.
GUIDEPOST LOVES GOOD NEWS: MADRID’S LOVELY PARKS ARE OPEN AGAIN AS THE REGION MAKES IT TO PHASE ONE OF THE DESESCALADA »
After trying twice, Madrid has finally made it to Phase I of the three-phase easing (desescalada) of Spain’s rigorous COVID-19 lockdown. Three months of almost unrelenting confinement! Then, unbelievably, this Monday, 25 May 2020, Madrid folk are able to savor Spring in their favorite park, the Parque del Buen Retiro. At last! See the Retiro through the eyes of Catherine Petit, Guidepost’s writer from California, who couldn’t love Madrid more if she were a native Madrileña!
I longed to be inside the beautiful León Cathedral again. . . The Burgos Carhedral. . . The Seville Cathedral. . . The Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes in the magical city of Toledo. . . The Capilla Real de Granada. . . The Monasterio de la Cartuja. . . To walk around the medieval walled city of Avila. . .
Tucked in the quiet San Blas Street midway between the Reina Sofia and Prado Museums in the Barrio de Las Letras, you will be blown away once you go through the unassuming door and descend the steps into the Secretos
The grandiose, sensuous, dramatic and exuberant Baroque architecture began to resonate in Europe in the late sixteenth century, making the scene first in Italy as a manifestation and even as an instrument of the Counter-Reformation. In Spain, after Philip II moved his court from Valladolid to Madrid in 1561, many new buildings whose architecture was Baroque with distinctive Spanish characteristics emerged in the Spanish kingdom’s new seat of power.
If you’re in Madrid between the 15th and 17th of August, join the Fiesta of the Virgen de la Paloma. You’ll be glad you did!