THE GREEN TRAIN HURTLES DOWN TO ITS 100TH BIRTHDAY LIKE THE CHAMP THAT IT IS

THE GREEN TRAIN HURTLES DOWN TO ITS 100TH BIRTHDAY LIKE THE CHAMP THAT IT IS »

5 Nov, 2019
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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!

AT LAST MADRID IS TAKING CLEAN AIR SERIOUSLY!

AT LAST MADRID IS TAKING CLEAN AIR SERIOUSLY! »

22 Sep, 2019
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When the pedestrianization of the iconic Puerta del Sol is done, and the ongoing remodelling of the Plaza de Canalejas is completed, the Madrileños will enjoy “one of the great urban areas that any European capital must have,” according to the Mayor of Madrid.

HOW THE GOOD OLD SPANISH TWO-PARTY SYSTEM GOT CLOBBERED

HOW THE GOOD OLD SPANISH TWO-PARTY SYSTEM GOT CLOBBERED »

6 May, 2019
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In just a decade, the predictable two-party environment in Spain fractured into a wide breadth of parties and ideologies and may never revert to the what-had-once-been. This will certainly make for a more chaotic system, but a more interesting one as well.

YOUR CASTLE IN SPAIN?

YOUR CASTLE IN SPAIN? »

22 Apr, 2019
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"Since moving back to the states, I've had to rely on hotels and apartments for lodging when in Spain. I often opt for the latter, finding it nice to have a kitchen to prepare greens after a day of eating my all beige Spanish comfort food - croquetas, tortilla, patatas ali-oli, churros and natillas con nata. But I would like to alert everyone to the wide use of euphemisms to describe many properties"

HOW CONCERNED ARE YOU ABOUT GETTING PICKPOCKETED?

HOW CONCERNED ARE YOU ABOUT GETTING PICKPOCKETED? »

3 Apr, 2019
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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

ADVENTURES IN SPAIN BY CATHERINE PETITE, PART I OF A THRILLING 5-PART SERIES

ADVENTURES IN SPAIN BY CATHERINE PETITE, PART I OF A THRILLING 5-PART SERIES »

17 Mar, 2019
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The Purloined Suitcase: "Where, oh where was my dark blue suitcase with the large bright pink bow???" <> The Sneeze and the March: "There were many protesters marching on the street below. After they were gone, no trash at all to be found. All of those people and no trash left behind. Amazing!" <> . . .The Bank: "The machine ate my card!" <> Chocolatería: "Best hot chocolate ever!"

THE MERCANTILE TRUTH BEHIND THE “LUCKY 12 GRAPES” OF THE NEW YEAR IN SPAIN

THE MERCANTILE TRUTH BEHIND THE “LUCKY 12 GRAPES” OF THE NEW YEAR IN SPAIN »

29 Dec, 2018
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In 1909 the Spanish winegrowers had such a bountiful harvest there was an excess of supply over demand. They had to think of a way to dispose of the surplus. They told the people eating a grape with each stroke of the clock toward the magic hour will bring prosperity throughout the new year. If, on the other hand, you don't join the ritual, you're cursed.That sent people scrambling to buy the grapes!

MADRILEÑOS AND THEIR SUNNY AUTUMN: AREN’T THEY BLESSED!

MADRILEÑOS AND THEIR SUNNY AUTUMN: AREN’T THEY BLESSED! »

23 Sep, 2018
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Afternoon sun dapples trees in front of the Royal Palace in early Fall

 

By Chris Collins

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SCENES OF DOS DE MAYO IN TODAY’S MADRID

SCENES OF DOS DE MAYO IN TODAY’S MADRID »

1 May, 2018
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It's been 210 years but the places of Madrid heroism are still there, very much alive and thriving. See them as they are  today!

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “OUT AND ABOUT IN MADRID — RING IN THE NEW,” 2 JANUARY 1987

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “OUT AND ABOUT IN MADRID — RING IN THE NEW,” 2 JANUARY 1987 »

28 Dec, 2017
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What the Madrileños were excited about in the New Year of 1987