Archive | September, 2012

Why are we in love with Madrid?

23 Sep

Madrid is a cosmopolitan and historic city, and a great place to experience the best of Spanish culture, art, and cuisine. Unlike many other popular European cities, many of Madrid’s best attractions, including some of its museums, can be visited without having to crack open your wallet. But we love Madrid for several other reasons:

1. We ❤ la Gran Vía

This is Madrid’s most famous street, full of people 24/7. Gran Via is a home for Michelin-starred restaurants, cafes, and high-end boutiques. But a stroll down the street also leads past some great examples of classic Spanish architecture, and never forget to raise your eyes to the rooftops: Breathtaking.

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One more year in San Sebastian

20 Sep

The largest spanish show of the 7th art novelties is held from 21 to 29 of September 2012. And it takes place in one of the most beautiful places in Spain, San Sebastián, also kown as ‘the Pearl of the Bay of Biscay’.

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17 Sep

Interesting Festival!

SAVING FOR CUBA

So it’s September. A completely ridiculous time to be pumping out a blog post about a festival held annually in July. But given it’s in Spain, you may need 10 months to save enough money to get there.

La Fiesta de Santa Marta de Ribarteme, or the Festival of Near Death Experiences, makes an absolute mockery of La Tomatina and Running with the Bulls on the scale of crazy experiences and culture. Just like the name suggests, the event recognises individuals that came freakishly close to kicking the bucket during the year that’s gone by. In most parts of the world, people would just say a quick prayer of thanks and sink a couple of tallies, but that’s not exactly the Spanish style.

Rather, the aforementioned near deathers jump into (actual) caskets and get carried to a local hill by friends and family. Here, they take a moment to reflect upon the…

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EuroVegas, Barcelona World and Ferrari Park

11 Sep

Three big proyects are being planned in Spain this week, which will turn upside down the spanish tourist and leisure scenario.

 

EuroVegas

Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson announced the decision to choose Madrid over Barcelona for the multi-billion dollar gambling resort project “EuroVegas”.

This gambling complex would have 36.000 rooms and is supposed to be Europe’s biggest gambling spot, which obviously is a very interesting proposition. However, the American businessman announced that Las Vegas Sands was only willing to finance 35% of the multibillion-euro resort, and that it would demand certain changes in local planning laws.

We can’t wait for the following films to come as “Fear and loathing in Madrid”, “What happens in Madrid…” or even “Hangover: Madrid Edition”.

This image is from Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, a similar proyect from “Las Vegas Sands Corp.

 

But Barcelona also wanted his candy!

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Tadeo Jones, the latest spanish animation movie.

3 Sep

Last week, Tadeo Jones aka Tad, the lost explorer, made his debut at the big screen with very good numbers, at least in Spain.

That reminds us of Planet 51, another spanish animation movie with international aspirations.

This is, in our opinion, a sign of the good health of spanish animation studios, beside the already famous almodovar-like spanish cinema.

More information here (spanish)

 

Have you watched it? did you like it? leave your opinion at the comments!

Places we love because of their madness. Part II.

2 Sep

Let’s finish the previous post with more of the craziest buildings ever built in spain.

Número Ocho: Ariane 5 at Sevilla’s Expo.

What is it: The Expo Sevilla 92 changed Sevilla completely. Sevilla has always been a traditional city and the Expo opened it to the world. Lots of beatiful buildings are still at the old Expo’s terrains, one of them this Ariane 5 exact copy. There’s no need to go to Cape Kennedy to see rockets!

What do we think when we look at it: ehm… the Ariane 5?

Valencia

Número Nueve: Hungary’s pavilion at Sevilla.

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