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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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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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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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Places we love because of their madness. In Spain, of course.

29 Aug

We wanted to make a small post about the craziest buildings you can find in our lovely country. But after doing some research…Wow… we cannot name all of them in just ONE post!
Let’s start with the ones we already have shown you here in this blog:

Número Uno: La Ciudad de las Ciencias y de las Artes de Valencia.

What is it: With this “short” name we have one of the most revolutionary buildings in Valencia. The whole city was revitalised with this complex of buildings with an opera house, an oceanographic, museums…

What do we think when we look at it: we think of manatees! or armadillos 🙂

Valencia

Número Dos: Sagrada Familia.

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tripNETer’s favourite spanish movies – Top 5 list!

16 Aug

Long time ago we promised you a post about spanish movies.  Spain has marvelous movies to offer, performers and directors, that show us cool places all over Spain.

The list below comprehends just 5 of our favourite movies. Just a taste of what Spanish cinema can evoke:  images of passion, colour, and a visual veracity in such great places all over Spain:

5) La comunidad 

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Road Trip to Dalí: Part II, from Egg to Tomb.

27 Jul

Highways are not convertible’s natural habitat. If you are driving along the Costa Brava’s shore, you do not want to pass the beautiful views, the fresh air and the sun. Even though it was a bit too hot, we took our golf’s roof down and abandoned the highway to enjoy the rural roads.

As we got near Figueres we started being more alert, because we didn’t want to lose any of Dalí’s magic. We don’t know what’s your opinion of Dalí’s art, but we consider ourselves great fans of him and his work, and we wanted to understand where all this magic, sometimes even craziness, came from.

When we arrived, we were lucky, and managed to park (for free!!!) just in front of Dalí’s Theather Museum famous eggs.

(we declare ourselves also huge fans of the typical old spanish lady of the bottom of the picture)

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The do-it-yourself cathedral (a self-improvement tale)

5 Jul

The majestic ‘Sagrada Familia’ is well known because of its Gaudi’s personal architectural and engineering style, and also because this Cathedral is still  ‘under construction’:

But this is not a story about the billion-times-photographed Sagrada Familia.  It is not the only impressive and unfinished cathedral that you can find in Spain.

Today we are speaking about what is known as ‘The Cathedral of Justo Gallego’.

La Sagrada Familia is placed in the port city of Barcelona, while ‘The cathedral’ is being built miles away inland, in a small town called ‘Mejorada del Campo’  near Madrid.

Antoni Gaudí was a man of exquisit education and was supported by one of catalonia’s biggest fortunes of that time.

Justo Gallego (this storie’s star) is an uneducated farmer and bullfighter. At the age of 36, in the middle of a severe tuberculosis, he promised the Lady of the Pillar he would build a shrine in her honour in exchange of his health.

Now, at the age of 87 this is what he has already achieved:

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Spain Champion of the Euro 2012 final! .. again

1 Jul

Congratulations to Spain, they have become the first team to win 3 straight major titles & the first to win back-to-back EURO titles.

Hollywood also loves Spain

11 Jun

Sundays are for us Movie-Days. We love going to the cinema and forgetting about the upcoming monday between frames and popcorn, or just stay at home and choose the perfect movie.

So yesterday we began to remember some Hollywood scenes or movies that have been shot in Spain. We remember these, but we are sure there are many more:

1. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

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tripNETer Road Trip Music

31 May

In our Road Trip through the Green Spain, we spent many ‘lost hours’ driving from one landscape to another. We have found that for us there are some basic elements to survive the boredom that we want to share with you:

1) Bring with you lots of drinks. Water is the perfect choice to be hydrated, but I do prefer fruit juices (Peach specially, my favourite).

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