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

 

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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

A BRIT AT A FLAMENCO SHOW

A BRIT AT A FLAMENCO SHOW »

22 Jul, 2017
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We went to Villa Rosa, a tablao in Sol on a Thursday evening, none of us really knowing what to expect. The biggest thing I noticed about flamenco was not the dance itself but the attitude to the dance. It felt as though you could hear the passion in every step, clap and snap.

NO PLACE LIKE A CHOCOLATERÍA

NO PLACE LIKE A CHOCOLATERÍA »

29 Apr, 2017
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If you’re looking for a famously local Spanish treat to satisfy your sweet tooth, you should look no further than your nearest chocolatería!

LOST AND FOUND IN MADRID: PART II

LOST AND FOUND IN MADRID: PART II »

28 Nov, 2016
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"Whether you want something exciting, something cool and artistic, or just anything random like a shopaholic adventure, Madrid has it ALL"

WHAT’S MADO IF NOT THE PROUD CELEBRATION OF MADRID GAY PRIDE!

WHAT’S MADO IF NOT THE PROUD CELEBRATION OF MADRID GAY PRIDE! »

30 Jun, 2016
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“If summer has begun – and it officially began last 27 June – then MADO (Madrid Orgullo or Gay Pride) cannot be not on. It’s one of the most awaited celebrations of the year”

FARO DE MONCLOA: AWESOME EARTHBOUND VIEWS FROM HEAVEN

FARO DE MONCLOA: AWESOME EARTHBOUND VIEWS FROM HEAVEN »

15 Feb, 2016
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"Up there on the Faro, with panels that provide the visitors all the info they’ll need to know about the city that unfolds before their very eyes, Madrid shares with its visitors its treasured monuments"

SPAIN CELEBRATES PECULIAR NEW YEAR’S EVE

SPAIN CELEBRATES PECULIAR NEW YEAR’S EVE »

18 Dec, 2015
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“The students trooped to the plaza to celebrate the end of the old year and ring in the new which will not even begin until after the Reyes in 2016”