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A 19th-CENTURY SHOPPING CENTER

A 19th-CENTURY SHOPPING CENTER

IT’S Sunday. You’re flight out of Madrid leaves the next day at 7 a.m. That means you need to be at Barajas Airport by 5 a.m. But there’s really nothing worse than the fact that you have not done your shopping yet. You know how Sundays are in Madrid. No stores open, not a single one. Bummer. But not quite…
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A DAY IN EL ESCORIAL By Ronnie Ferrer

A DAY IN EL ESCORIAL By Ronnie Ferrer

I once heard that if you find yourself in Madrid, make sure to visit El Escorial. And that’s just what I did.

After celebrating the New Year in Madrid and seeing almost the entire city, I decided to take a day trip down to El Escorial.
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NAVIDAD MADRILEÑA (CHRISTMAS MADRID-STYLE)

NAVIDAD MADRILEÑA (CHRISTMAS MADRID-STYLE)

TWELVE hours flying time onboard an American Airline and 3 hours layover later in New York JFK, we found ourselves in Madrid, Spain in time for the Christmas celebration.
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SANTA MARÍA LA REAL DE LA ALMUDENA

SANTA MARÍA LA REAL DE LA ALMUDENA

I don’t know about you, but I have always been a fan of the monarchs – be it the British, Swedish or Bhutanese.
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EL OSO Y EL MADROÑO

EL OSO Y EL MADROÑO

(The Bear and the Madrone)

ONE of the most photographed icons in Madrid is the bear and the madrone (el oso y el madroño). Some people refer to the madrone tree as strawberry tree for the similarity of its fruit to strawberry.
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ALL ROADS TO KILOMETRO CERO

ALL ROADS TO KILOMETRO CERO

I am neither a superstitious person nor a big fan of urban legends. They are stories crafted only to make a person, place or situation interesting.

So when I heard about the story behind Madrid’s Kilometro Cero (Kilometer Zero), I just gave it a shrug. And what’s the story, you ask?
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MADRID’S PLAZA DE ESPAÑA

MADRID’S PLAZA DE ESPAÑA

ONE of Spain’s most common squares is the Plaza de España. Seven major cities in Spain such as A Coruña, Barcelona, Cadiz, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Seville, Madrid and Palma de Mallorca each has its own Plaza de España (Spain’s Square) and is distinct from all others.
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THE GRANDIOSITY OF GRAN VÍA

THE GRANDIOSITY OF GRAN VÍA

GRAN Vía… (meaning Great Road)…

Just the sound of it overwhelms me. Not because it’s the longest street in Madrid, but because there’s a lot of things going on here. From clothing shops, clubs, stores of all kinds, restaurants, cafes, kiosks… you name it.
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Suggested Tours & Itinerary in Madrid

SIGHTS and Flavors has prepared various itineraries meant to give ideas to tourists who are on a certain budget or just want to splurge.
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¿Habla Español?

WHEN in Spain, do as the Spanish do, and speak like a native Spanish. Arm yourself with some basic words and phrases to help you get by during your trip.
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