Chipperfield, the charm of Minimalism

By | 2 November, 2015 | 0 comments

Not as popular or high profile as Jean Nouvel, Norman Foster or Richard Rogers, David Chipperfield (London, 1953) is one of the architecture greats of the second half of the 20th century and the current one. For now, he is still to be awarded the Pritzker Prize but he does have the honour and prestige of being the only British architect to have been designated for the design of the brand-new Tate Modern in London. His style falls into Minimalism and he has works around the world, Spain included, such as the City of Justice in Barcelona or his unique homes in Villaverde.

The exhibition is called Essentials. David Chipperfield Architects, and it is a journey through Chipperfield’s works, from 1985 until today. Through more than 30 projects carried out in different cities, the visitor can discover his unique conception of architecture, space and design.

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Theatre to Counter the Autumn Melancholy

By | 28 October, 2015 | 0 comments

Does autumn make you feel melancholic? Do you miss the heat and having a drink on the bar terraces? You can now forget about your worries with theatre and you will be able to forget the arrival of bad weather for at least two hours, since there are many plays you can go and watch. The one that is already sold out is Reykjavik by Juan Mayorga, so you will just have to go and find another one.

An alternative is Los Caciques, by Carlos Arniches, also part of the Centro Dramático Nacional, although this time it will be performed at Teatro María Guerrero. Labelled as a comedy sketch, it is true that Los Caciques is a bit of a mix-up comedy but also a subtle social critique of Spain back in the day, critical of the ’98 Generation and full of corruption and nepotism. Performances go on until November 22nd and tickets cost between 11 and 28 euros.

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Calçotades in Madrid

By | 15 October, 2015 | 0 comments

calçots madridMadrid has always been a melting pot of cuisines from all over Spain and Catalan cuisine is no exception. Now that the cold is arriving so do the calçots, one of the most traditional and delicious products of Catalan gastronomy, accompanied by the famous romesco sauce. The calçot is like a long spring onion that is typical from the interior regions of Catalonia and it is cooked on the grill and then dipped in the sauce. In Madrid, you can enjoy it in restaurants such as La Huerta de Casa Ricardo (Avenida Ciudad de Barcelona, 5), where they even give you a bib to prevent any potential stains derived from eating them. As well as the star product, they also serve snails, grilled vegetables, excellent fish dishes and the classic crema catalana, the Catalan version of crème brûlée, all at affordable prices.

Another Catalan cuisine restaurant in the Spanish capital is Can Punyetes, which has two restaurants: one in the Habsburg district (Madrid de los Austrias), on Calle Señores de Luzón, 5, very close to our hotel in the center of Madrid; and the other in the Las Letras district, on Calle San Agustín, 9. Calçots season goes from November to April, although it may move forwards or backwards depending on the year, which should be no impediment to try products from this cuisine that is sometimes overshadowed by more striking cuisines such as the Basque and Galician.

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Literary Shopping in Madrid

By | 24 September, 2015 | 0 comments

libros madridWhy not change, if only for a day, the classic “fast-fashion” consumerism made in China for a purchase, compulsive or non-compulsive, of a book? You will probably spend less and feel more beautiful inside. For many years now, the autumn second-hand book fair hasn’t taken place, a fair that precedes de Feria del Libro (Book Fair) in El Retiro, but this should not be an impediment to immerse yourself in permanent book fairs, also known as bookshops.

An option to start a bookshop tour of the city is La Fugitiva, on Calle Santa Isabel, 7, one of the most charming streets in the city. It is a café as well as a bookshop and here you can find many new books as well as classic titles. If you can’t decide which one to choose, you can always go for the homemade cakes in a quiet atmosphere, something as rare as it is pleasant.

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Prado Museum: Portraits and Rescues

By | 1 September, 2015 | 0 comments

retratos madrazoThe Prado Museum inaugurates its autumn season with two temporary exhibitions that some may deem discreet or not very flashy if compared with other massive ones dedicated to Sorolla. However, they are not less interesting. Let’s see two of the most attractive ones programmed for the new season.

The first one is titled ‘Effigies Amicorum. Portraits of artists by Federico de Madrazo (1815-1894)‘. And so, who was Federico de Madrazo? He was a highly influential author back in his time, famous for the quality of his paintings but also for having important positions, such as the Manager of the San Fernando Fine Arts Academy (a museum that we recommend you visit, just one minute away from Puerta del Sol).

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We know you want to: Try the Segway

By | 25 August, 2015 | 0 comments

Segway MadridYou have probably seen it around the streets of Madrid and other European capitals. Segways are those motorised vehicles that run on two large wheels, and there are many companies in Madrid that offer rental services of this peculiar transport. One of them is Madrid-Segway, which offers tours for prices that range from 25 to 59 euros. The Essential Madrid Tour costs 25 euros and comprises a guided tour around the city centre, with stops in emblematic places such as Puerta del Sol, San Miguel Market or Palacio Real.

General tours cost 35 euros for 90 minutes and 59 euros for 150 minutes. These tours cover a comprehensive amount of ground and also go to green spaces such as Madrid Río and offer nice touches like a free tapa in San Miguel market.

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Enjoy the Best Fresh Pasta

By | 5 August, 2015 | 0 comments

Pasta fresca madridMadrid isn’t Naples but it has some excellent Italian cuisine to offer. Here are a few places that you can visit that also make one of Italian cuisine’s most exquisite dishes: fresh pasta.

At Ouh Babbo (Calle de Caños del Peral, next to Opera and very close to our hotel in downtown Madrid) you will find a restaurant with plenty of character. Its owner, singer and actor Bruno Squarcia, is the host and offers a traditional Italian music repertoire on Thursdays that cannot be missed. When it comes to the fresh pasta, make sure you try its out-of-menu speciality tartufone de Bruno, made with fresh pasta, grated white truffle and Parmesan cheese. It costs 20 euros but it’s a delicious dish that is well worth ordering.

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The Best Evenings with a Beer in Hand

By | 29 July, 2015 | 0 comments

atardecer madridWhen the day ends, when the sun sets… there is no specific word in Spanish but it’s the best time to relax. After a long day of summer heat, the thermometers go down and you can enjoy the pleasure of sipping on a beer in any of the many great spots in Madrid.

One of them has a terrace on Paseo de Pintor Rosales, El Molino de los Porches, which looks out onto Parque del Oeste. It is the point where the sun goes down the latest so you can enjoy a sunset that is longer than anywhere else in the city, accompanied by the pleasure of having atomized water sprinkled onto you. Here you can have a good beer and a bite to eat near the stunning Temple of Debod, whose magnificence you can admire from the outside once you finish your drinks.

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Madrid Dances to the Rithm of Veranos de la Villa

By | 15 July, 2015 | 0 comments

veranos villa 2015As a novelty in this 2015 edition of the festival Veranos de la Villa, the chosen stage is Puente de Rey, which substitutes the Sabatini Gardens for security reasons. Located in the area of Madrid Río, next to the entrance of Casa de Campo, it is a more green and fresh location without so much asphalt, ideal to enjoy different concerts and performances. One of them is the lyrical comedy Luisa Fernanda, a classic 20th-century operetta that you can enjoy from the 5th of August until the 16th of the same month at 10.00pm.

From the 19th until the 30th of August you can see the play A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, a classic comedy and one of the most successful on Broadway, without a single serious moment throughout. It is a crazy vaudeville with plenty of action which received the Tony Award for Best Musical. Prices start at 25 euros.

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A Few Good Mojitos

By | 29 June, 2015 | 0 comments

mojitoIn summer, you can drink beers, red wine and soda, vermouth… but don’t forget about the mojito! Madrid isn’t Santo Domingo but you can find more and more bars that serve a delicious mojito. One of them is Rincón de la Habana, which reminisces of the legendary Cuban bars that Hemingway write about. Its central location (Calle Reyes, 6, behind Plaza de España) makes it an attractive destination to have a refreshing cocktail, among which we highlight the mojito but where you can also have strawberry daiquiris that are made right in front of you. It’s multicolour tropical decoration will also not leave you indifferent.

Also in a central area but somewhat more pleasant, on Calle de las Huertas, 56, is Elhecho, a small and cosy bar. Outside, they advertise their mojito and daiquiri, which they have been preparing for the last three decades. It is a historical bar in this district where you can have a quiet drink, in midweek if you can, because it gets quite busy during rush hour on weekends. It also has a long menu with gin and tonics, duly advised by the waiters.

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