On 9 November the Madrileños celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of the Almudena, their patron saint. It was a lovely day, cool, crisp, and sunny. Typical of Madrid in the early Fall. The air was fittingly festive. The weather couldn’t be better; you’d think the Mother of Jesus Christ had asked it of her Son. There were the traditional procession, the High Mass, people joining in the festivities. They feasted on the "Crown of Almudena".
Dos de Mayo (2 May) is a public holiday in the Autonomous Community of Madrid with heaps of patriotic connotations. It commemorates the heroic rebellion of the Madrileños against the occupation of their city by Napoleon Bonaparte’s troops and the repression by the French Imperial forces. It’s been 210 years!
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!
Once the exclusive ride of the Spanish royalty and their nobility, the Strawberry Train went past vast strawberry fields! See Train schedule for April, May and June, and September and October.
"Go out and vote. Tell the City Hall what kind of Plaza you’d like to have. The ballot count is binding on the municipal government"
"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"
"Trusting in the future of Spain, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2016: Feliz Navidad, Eguberri on, Bon Nadal, Boas Festas and a prosperous new year in 2016"
“At the Spain-Chile match the Spanish team of golden footballers managed brilliantly to self-destruct”
by Rose Maramba Photo: Lola H. Robles
Traditionally, at the start of each year King Juan Carlos I, with