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The spanish Snow White

9 Oct

We don’t know why but the old and famous story of Snow White is extremely popular this year. Hollywood studios have already released two very different takes on the story this year alone (and we didn’t like them so much, truth should be said).

Now, directly from Spain comes likely the most surreal and risky interpretation of the story in the film: ‘Blancanieves’. We love the synopsis from the film’s website:

BLANCANIEVES is a gothic melodrama inspired by the Brothers´ Grimm tale. Once upon a time there was a little girl who had never met her mother, and she grew up being hated by her evil stepmother. She learned her father’s art, a famous bullfighter, and one day she ran away to become a legend. Set in 1920s south of Spain, BLANCANIEVES is a tribute to silent films.

We have to admit that we LOVED the movie. We felt touched and fascinated with this free version of the story. For us, the main factors of this success are the following:

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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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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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How to spoil historical paintings aka El Cristo de Borja.

22 Aug

Today this was big news in Spain: an 80-year-old woman in Borja, Zaragoza, decided the local Church’s 19th century fresco needed a restoration.

The “before and after” image is…better see it yourself.

Of course it was TT in Spain and many other “restorations” can be found on the internet. There is even a FB fan group of “Cecilia, Borja’s Christ restorer”

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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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tripNETer Road Trip Stop: Teatro-Museo Dalí, Crazy or Genious?

4 Aug

We decided to spend the whole day in Figueres, to introduce us and get the deepest feeling for Dalí’s essence.

as a side note, this Teatro-Museo is considered the largest surrealist object in the world, Dalí himself collaborated with architects and curators to design and build the museum, so he spent many years in his later life designing and living in it.

The main entrance of the museum is located in ‘Plaza de Gala-Salvador Dalí’, which is already a fine and visceral piece of artwork.

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Barceloooooonaaaa (Olympic Games Memories)

30 Jul

With the olympic fever burning a hole in our broadcast media, we cannot help having nostalgia pictures crossing our mind (in low-definition, of course).

20 years have passed since the Olympics Games were held in Barcelona, opening  the doors from a city and a country that was waiting to be discovered.

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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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Road Trip to Dali: Part 1, Barcelona at night

18 Jul

It’s been a while since our last road trip through Spain and we feel like hitting the road again.

As we are based in Barcelona and it’s getting pretty warm here, we thought it would be a good idea to go north-east and explore the Costa Brava and up to Dalí’s hometown, Figueres and Cadaqués, where one of the most famous spanish paintor’s eccentricity flows into the wild cliffs of Cap de Creus.

We decided to leave the door open to spontaneity, though, so let’s see where we end up this time.

We worked until late, and as we had to pack few things and prepare our oldie car, when we left Barcelona it was already dark.

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