Madrid Journals

The heart of Spain throbs with song and dance

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A December 2012 trip to Madrid by marif

The Christmas spirit on the streets of Madrid Photo, Madrid, Spain More Photos
Quote: Madrid’s flamenco feats of song and dance are as traditional as the boggling bodegas and the tasty tapas. To supplement this frivolous delight of dance, drink and dine, the Spanish capital boasts three exquisite art palaces crammed with attractions. Green breathing spaces right in the centre are Madrid’s additional bonus.

Shopping galore!

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Santarrufina, Calle de la Paz 9, Madrid Photo, Madrid, Spain
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Similar to other big cities like Paris or Berlin, Madrid has a dense concentration of shops as exceptional and diverse as to render shopping around a thrilling feat of exploration. Discovering the delights of shopping in the Spanish capital has become the aspiration of many visitors who include in their Madrid tour long hours of shopping at leisure. Most big cities are endowed with shop-until-you-drop department stores and Madrid is no exception. El Corte Ingles is Madrid’s comparable and only answer to Berlin’s Galeria Kaufhof or the Galeries Lafayette in Paris. With several branches spread out across the city, El Corte Ingles represents all that is good about retail business, particularl...Read More
The Santillana Reservoir, Madrid Photo, Madrid, Spain
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Heavily polluted with traffic smog, hot and dry like a desert for most of the year, bereft of invigorating breezes from the sea or the mountains and yet… Madrid is one of Europe’s greenest cities. The River Manzanares that passes through the capital is only a small body of flowing water when compared with mighty rivers like the Danube but its ecological importance to the city cannot be underestimated. The Santillana Reservoir, a huge man-made lake-like water reserve northwest of the capital in the region of Manzanares el Real is Madrid’s chief source of water and consequently its life-sustaining artery and its vital root of thriving existence.Originating several miles away from the capital...Read More

Prado Museum/Museo del Prado

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Attraction | "Madrid's Museo de Pintura"

Prado Museum/Museo del Prado Photo, Madrid, Spain
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Anything beautiful created by human hands as a consequence of the clever manipulation of material can be classified as a work of art. Art therefore includes works from antiquity characterized by uniqueness or distinctiveness, handmade furniture of remarkable décor or style, sculptures handcrafted from wood, stone, bronze or precious materials, faience and decorative tableware made from fine porcelain and… needless to say, endless collections of paintings that provide an exceptional spectacular enrichment to many homes, churches and museums.In the light of this line of reasoning, Madrid’s Museo del Prado is not a museum of art since the word art instinctively signifies a wide and miscellane...Read More

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Prado Museum/Museo del Prado
Calle Ruiz De Alarcón 23
Madrid, Spain 28014
+34 91 3302800

Madrid: my first impressions - Part 2

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Antigua Estacion de Atocha, Madrid Photo, Madrid, Spain
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Madrid is an ideal winter destination. Winter in the Spanish capital is only a mild and short spell of cold weather with occasional outbreaks of rain and frost that never last more than a few days. Contrary to north European destinations where the winter season is long, harsh and gloomy, Madrid is blessed with temperate weather that is never bleak or bitter and consequently allows for leisurely walks, street partying and outdoor celebrations. Unpredictable weather in Madrid is as rare as a snowstorm but it is nevertheless advisable to carry a hooded raincoat if one intends to spend intervals of time in one of the parklands that unfold along the peripheral zones of the inner city.Come rain ...Read More

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Madrid: my first impressions - Part 1

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The Christmas spirit on the streets of Madrid Photo, Madrid, Spain
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Madrid in summer is an unbearable haunt of stifling hotness that leaves visitors breathless and takes away their enthusiasm for exploration and sightseeing. For this reason, well-off madrilenos (and most residents appear to fall in this category, showing that the economic recession in Spain seems to have left little or no dire effects on the capital) leave the capital for a summer recess and travel north where the temperature is more tolerable and the sea ambience provides a cool invigorating atmosphere that contrasts deeply with the hot humidity of the inland cities. I was in Madrid last summer but my repeated attempts to travel around independently and look into the churches, museums and gardens for...Read More