Last weekend in Madrid, I did the something I never thought I’d do: I attended a bullfight. Despite public outcry in recent years, bullfighting (or, Corrida del Toros, as Spaniards say), is still legal in all provinces of Spain except Catalonia, and quite popular. And so, there I was on a cloudy Saturday, at the last corrida of the Madrid season. I had not planned this outright. Watching a bullfight was never on my list of Spanish to-dos. But I had just finished reading Death in the Afternoon by Ernest Hemingway, an English-language manifesto on bullfighting. The book was...Read More
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Spain Cuisine Celebrated at Event With less than two months to go to the gastronomic event of the year in Madrid, its programme is brimming with suggestive and appetizing new offerings. Held from January 19 to February 3 2013, Gastrofestival is organised by Madrid Visitors & Convention Bureau in collaboration with Madrid Fusión and offers an array of activities and culinary experiences in the city. This annual event is the perfect opportunity to savour good food and enjoy the event’s ties with various artistic disciplines. New features in this fourth edition involving more than 300 establishments and institutions include...Read More
Madrid, Spain (September 7, 2010) — On October 2, 2010, Hotel Ritz Madrid will mark its Centenary as Madrid’s most iconic hotel, which has provided guests with a luxurious and elegant base from which to explore Spain’s vibrant capital city for 10 decades. Throughout the next year, guests of Hotel Ritz Madrid will enjoy an entertaining schedule of events and cultural experiences. To welcome guests as part of the centenary celebrations, Hotel Ritz Madrid (www.ritzmadrid.com) will offer a special accommodation package. When guests book a minimum three-night stay, Hotel Ritz will offer a rate of 100 Euro for the...Read More
HOTEL RITZ OFFERS PACKAGE TO NEWLY-EXPANDED PRADO A venerable turn-of-the-century dowager is celebrating its neighbor’s 21st-century addition. Last October the Museo del Prado opened its $208 million expansion to great fanfare. Now the luxurious Hotel Ritz is offering a “Cultural Experience in Madrid ” package which includes a visit to its expanded neighbor. Opened in 1910, the Ritz was designed and built under the personal supervision of Cesar Ritz, the legendary hotelier. King Alfonso XIII had wanted a luxury hotel to accommodate the guests for his wedding to Queen Victoria ’s grand daughter. Ever since, The Ritz has been a favorite of kings, heads of state and film stars. The 167 rooms and suites are sumptuously decorated with antiques, silken draperies and handmade carpets from the RealFábrica de Tapices, the Royal Tapestry Factory. The Goya Restaurant and Velázquez Bar are popular meeting places and a proper afternoon tea is served in the lounge. And of course, the Ritz staff greets guests by name. Available from now until December 23, 2008, the two-night package for two persons starts at about $1,317 in low season and $1,476 in high season,* with VAT and includes: · Two nights accommodation in a classic room · Entrance to the Prado, Thyssen Bornemisza and Reina Sofía Museums · One three-course dinner, excluding beverages, in the Goya Restaurant · Daily buffet breakfast with Cava (Spanish sparkling...Read More
PRADO MUSEUM PRESENTS MAJOR GOYA EXHIBITION Madrid ’s Museo del Prado is mounting a major exhibition devoted to Goya to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Spain ’s War of Independence against Napoleon. Opening April 15 and running through July 13, “Goya in Times of War,” will present more than 200 works – paintings, drawings and prints – and will focus on the last 25 years of his life in which he evolved from the official Spanish court painter to an artist who created intricate studies of human nature. The cornerstone of the exhibition will be the two great canvasses of The 2nd and 3rd of May 1808 which have been cleaned and restored for the first time. In the first painting, The Charge of the Mamelukes, Goya captured the tumultuous scene showing the heroism of the Madrileños defending their city from the “Tyrant of Europe” and the Mamelukes, his elite regiment of Egyptian guards. In The 3rd of May 1808, a dialogue of light and shadow plays out in this dramatic scene that portrays the city’s patriots being executed by a firing squad from Napoleon’s army. The exhibition opens with works from the last years of the 18th century when Goya embarked on a new phase in his career, marked by greater creative freedom and by stylistic and conceptual advances. This phase culminated with the series of etchings...Read More
MADRID HOSTS 29th INTERNATIONAL ART & ANTIQUES SHOW RARE DON QUIXOTE ENGRAVINGS IN SPANISH CAPITAL MADRID, Spain, September 12, 2005 – This November Madrid will host Feriarte, the 29th Annual International Art & Antiques Fair – one of Europe’s top three such events – bringing together art lovers with antique dealers and gallery owners from around the world. From November 19 to 27, more than 200 exhibitors will showcase some 17,000 rare and unusual works – including many Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Edwardian and Alfonsino styles at IFEMA, the city’s exhibition and convention center. Twentieth century paintings and sculpture from renowned masters and established contemporary artists will also be for sale. Last year more than 36,000 attended the week-long event and this year officials are expecting even more will visit. At Feriarte, consumers and professionals will be able to peruse thousands of antiques and ancient artifacts, century-old Asian and African art, rare furniture, porcelain and silver, old masters and modern paintings, sculpture, jewelry and watches. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to purchase these items directly at the fair. Throughout 2005 Spain has been celebrating the 400th anniversary of the publication of Miguel de Cervantes’ classic “Don Quixote.” Running concurrently with the art fair will be a rare show of original drawings and engravings inspired by the masterpiece, “Don Quixote through the Ages” at Galeria de Arte Alfama,...Read More
CITY OF MADRID REVAMPS MADRID CARD New Attractions, Museums, Nightlife Options Added at Lower Price Barcelona Offers Cards for up to Five Days MADRID, Spain, June 29, 2005 – Just in time for the summer holiday season, the city of Madrid is revamping its popular “Madrid Card.” Now costing 10 percent less, the card provides free entrance to three more museums and three new attractions. Cardholders can take more “Discover Madrid” guided walking tours and have unlimited use of the “Madrid Vision” tour bus. More than 100 establishments – restaurants, shops, guided tours, rental cars, dinner shows, musicals and night spots – offer discounts. To make it more practical for visitors, cards are now valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours. The new 24-hour 25-euro (about $30) “Madrid Card” provides: • free entrance to 43 museums, cultural institutions and attractions in Madrid and its environs • unlimited use of the “Madrid Vision” tour bus • 36 guided “Discover Madrid” walking tours • free entrance to Madrid’s Amusement Park, the Zoo Aquarium and the teleferique (IMAX and Faunia nature theme park were included before) • 10 % off tickets to “Cabaret” and “Mamma Mia” • discounts and reduced prices at shops, restaurants, night spots and on car rentals • guide book and map of the city “The Madrid Card has been a real boon to the more than six million...Read More
I live in southern Spain and recently visited a good friend in Madrid – the capital city, right in the heart of the country. While I love the city, its vibe, the shopping and the food, I felt I needed an escape from the crowds and noise, and my friend came up with the perfect solution. It was the weekend and I piled into her car with a small bag, heading off for what was to me, strange and new pastures. She told me nothing about the destination, just smiled enigmatically, telling me don’t worry, you’ll love it. Around...Read More
Chichicastenango Guatemala Arriving in Chichicastenango Early Sunday morning I found myself on an uphill shuttle scaling winding roads and crossing lush terrace fields on my way to Chichicastenango. Every Thursday and Sunday the sleepy little town that lies on a mountaintop crest comes alive through a colorful market filled with local crafts. On Sundays it also hosts spiritual rituals that mix catholic and Mayan customs. Not surprisingly, visiting Chichicastenango on a Sunday had been a must on my list ever since I bought my ticket to Guatemala on a rainy April day in New York. I had arrived in...Read More
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