En route II
Have you heard the story about a Spanish guy who discovered a new continent? - wispered Madrid into my ear and winked at me. - Here is the monument in his honour.... actually two of them... the old one looking like a colomn and the new one slightly behind copying Picassos cubic period....
Well, I haven't told Madrid at that time, but I liked the old monument better, more elegant and nice, I don't fancy these modern cubic stuff...
Get into the museums for free...
Get into the museums for free on Sunday mornings and Saturday afternoons.
Remember to say Buenos Dias and to call people Senor, Senora or Senorita, the Spanish people are very polite and will respond better to you if you are too.
plaza de Chueca
at this plaza you find shops, offices, appartmentbuildings. one of the typical pubs is Bodega de Angel Sierra, dating from 1897. it has tiles in andulusian style depicting advertisemnts for beer and vermouth. the neighboorhood around the place is also called Chueca. its a total labyrinth of streets and its the ultimate place for Madrilinian nightlife. Even if yiour not gay (its called a gay district) its worth visiting the numerous pubs, disco's and restaurants.
FNAC is a big supermarket, an actual "cultural Mecca".
FNAC es un gran supermercado, una verdadera "Meca cultural". Books & compact discs & DVD & video cassettes
Libros, discos compactos, DVDs y videocasetes.
Madrid’s renowned late-night scene really took off with la movida madrileña in the late 1970s, when the end of the Franco era produced an explosion of artistic creativity combined with a long-suppressed desire to indulge in pure hedonistic enjoyment. Although the true movida has passed, nightlife still remains a pretty serious phenomenon – this is the only city in Europe where you can get caught in traffic jams at 4am, when clubbers are either going home or moving on to the dance-past-dawn discos.
For drinking and chatting there’s a bewildering variety of venues to choose from : cafés, cervecerías (beer specialists), coctelerías (cocktail bars), champagnerías (champagne bars), tabernas (old-style taverns), bares de copas (bars mainly serving spirits) and a new wave of Irish bars.
For later evening diversion, the mainstays of the Madrid scene are the discobares – bars of all musical and sexual persuasion, whose unifying feature is background (occasionally live) rock, dance or salsa music and usually a small dance floor. These don’t generally make an admission charge, but drinks are more expensive than in other bars; they get going around 11pm and stay open till 2am or 3am. Discotecas are rarely worth investigating until around 1 or 2am. They aren’t always that different from discobares, though they tend to be bigger and flashier, with a lot of attention to lights, sound system and decor, and they stay open very late – most until 4am, some till 6am. In summer, many of the trendier clubs suspend operations and set up all-night outdoor terrazas, which are effectively open-air discos.
If you’re up for it 'after hours' venues open at between 5 and 6am and keep going until late morning when you can grab some chocolate con churros before finally heading home to bed.