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    Basilica de San Miguel

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 14, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Basilica de San Miguel was built in baroque style. This remarkable building is unusual in Spanish baroque architecture for its Italian influence and its convex facade. Officially known as the Basílica Pontificia de San Miguel, it was built between 1739 and 1745.

    You can watch my 3 min 41 sec Video Madrid out of a bus window part 3 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    Madrid - General

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 14, 2014

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    Favorite thing: It is considered that Romans arranged the first settlement on a place of present Madrid in the II-nd century before Christmas. They built a fortress on the left bank of Mansares.

    In IX and X centuries emir Mohammed I constructed the fortress of Majerit near to the Roman strengthenings to control grounds over Toledo.
    In 1080 Alfonso VI released Toledo and neighboring settlements including Madrid from moors. In XI - XIV Madrid represents a small Castilian city which has grown around of the Arabian fortress. The castle of Gabsburg was under construction in XV century on a place of the Arabian fortress. Kings sometimes stayed there in travel. The population of city does not exceeded 20 thousand person at this time.
    In 1561 the king Phillip II carried the capital from Valladolid to Madrid. In the second half of XVI century during the board of Gabsburg dynasty appeared "the Austrian Madrid ". Royal palaces, monasteries and churches actively are under construction at this time. The city was surrounded with a wall.
    New parkways were laid, the new royal palace was under construction in the XVIII century in reign of Carlos III.

    You can watch my 7 min 34 sec Video Madrid out of a bus window part 1 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    Iglesia de San Nicolas de los Servitas

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 14, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Iglesia de San Nicolas de los Servitas was built in the XI sentury at a place where a Mosque stood earlier. A lot of details show arabian influence.
    The Church of San Nicolás de los Servitas is also know as La Iglesia de San Nicolás de Bari and is located at 1 Plaza San Nicolás in Madrid. The church is the oldest in the city, and was first mentioned in a publication in 1202.

    You can watch my 8 min 16 sec Video Madrid out of a bus window part 2 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    Tiles are not just for the roof.

    by planxty Written Dec 3, 2013

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    Favorite thing: I am not sure if this phenomenon is prevalent all over Spain or if it is specific to Madrid but as I was walking around, I noticed a large amount of decorated ceramic tiles. From advertising to decorative to street signs even, they seem to be everywhere and I have created this tip to give the traveller an idea of what to expect. It really pays to keep your eyes open and it is surprising how many fine examples of this craft you can see.

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    FITUR

    by Redang Updated Feb 2, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Would you like to visit 167 countries and regions in just one-two days? FITUR offers you this unique possibility.

    From 30 January to 2 February 2013, FITUR (Feria Internacional de TURismo/International Tourism Fair) has celebrated the 33rd edition.

    From Wednesday to Thursday, it is open to professionals while Saturday and Sunday, it is for general public.

    A wide range of participants, travel agencies, wholesalers, tour operators, Spanish and foreign Official Organizations, services companies, carrier companies……, offer you their services and know how.

    Visitors (general public), find information about the different destinations in order to organize future tris or just to make their dreams fly. Professionals make deals for the new season.

    Last edition figures: Space: 150.000 sq. m.; countries/regions: 167; professionals: 119.322; general public: 91.555; journalists: 6.313 from 54 countries.

    There are also activities for professionals as for example meetings, festivals, conferences (I attended some of them), and for public in general, typical dances from the different countries, food and wine testing, etc.

    It was inaugurated by Prince and Princess of Asturias, D. Felipe and Dª. Letizia, and the fair takes place every year around the last week of January.

    Pics:
    - Main: Main entrance
    - Second: Flags of the countries at the main entrance
    - Third: Prince and Princess of Asturias (sorry, it’s not a good pic, so many people around)
    - Fourth: Stand of Madrid
    - Fifth: Presentation of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain)

    Fondest memory: Internet: www.ifema.es/fitur_06

    If you also like to see a few more pictures, have a look at the Madrid travelogue FITUR.

    FITUR-main entrance (Madrid, Espa��a/Spain) FITUR-main entrance (Madrid, Espa��a/Spain) Prince and Princesss of Asturias (FIUR, Madrid) Stand of Madrid (FITUR, Madrid) Stand of Castilla-La Mancha (FITUR, Madrid)

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    General Restaurant tips

    by Roadquill Written Aug 14, 2012

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    Favorite thing: These were on a forum post and I have them in here so I can access them next time I am in Madrid...

    or Eating a good paella : St. James (don't miss you !)
    Good tapas and restaurant :
    Taberna Laredo (c/ Castelo 30).
    El Bocaíto (c/Libertad 6)
    Casa Alberto (c/de las Huertas 18)
    La Montería (c/Lope de Rueda 35)
    Taberna Gaztelupe (c/Comandante Zorita 32)
    Restaurante Quintana30 (c/Quintana 30)

    Good Restaurant (And expensive) :
    El Paraguas
    Viridiana
    Diverxo
    Zalacain

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    Finding accommodation

    by katepj Written Mar 21, 2012

    Favorite thing: I used the tourist info place at the airport - if you are flying in, they are as good as anywhere else and extremely efficient. They ask how much you want to spend etc etc tell you how to get there, speak English. Very good service. I've had dirt cheap but acceptable, and medium priced and equally acceptable from them.

    There are also some at the railway stations too, providing the same service. That's how I have always found accommodation in Madrid. It's not a holiday in Spain so there should be no problems with finding somewhere.

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    General Information

    by risse73 Written Feb 27, 2012

    Favorite thing: If you booked a hotel in the city center by Puerta del Sol, then you have access to the Metro, so you don't really need the taxi from the airport to your hotel unless you decided to do so for whatever reason. You may want to forgo those tourist cards that pad up the benefits for a much higher fee. Just do what you can each day and try not to rush too much in seeing all there is to see in Madrid because there truly are lots to see. For a one week stay, I think you may want to squeeze in Reina Sofia and Prado museums, and check out other historical sites of interest on your own. Also, check out the San Miguel market where food offerings are abundant, but less so compared to the La Boqueria in Barcelona. There are various food stalls at said market where you can have a taste of various croqetas, cheese, wine, tapas, desserts, etc. For your Metro ride, just get the combined metro zone fare card with airport supplement (this depends on how many metro journeys you plan on taking) and call it a day. BTW, I loved Segovia and Avila for day trips outside of Madrid. Have to go to Toledo and El Escorial next time I'm there.

    Good Luck & Enjoy Historical Madrid!

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    General Info (several languages)

    by Redang Updated Jan 14, 2012

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    Favorite thing: * Centro de Turismo de Madrid (Madrid Tourism Centre)
    Plaza Mayor, 27
    28013 Madrid
    España/Spain

    - Tel: (+34) 91 588 16 36

    - Internet: www.esmadrid.es
    - E mail: turismo@munimadrid.es

    How to get there:
    Metro: Sol (lines 1, 2 and 3), Opera (lines 2 and 5 and Ramal Opera-Príncipe Pío) or La Latina (line 5); Sol is closer.

    * Other Posts of Tourism Information
    - Centro de Turismo Colón/Colón Tourism Centre
    Plaza de Colón (old subway; access from Paseo de la Castellana corner Calle Goya)
    Metro: Colón (line 4)

    - Plaza de Cibeles
    Metro: Banco de España (line 2)

    - Plaza de Callao
    Metro: Callao (lines 3 and 5)

    - Calle Santa Isabel (beside Museo Reina Sofía)
    Metro: Atocha (line 1)

    - Madrid-Barajas Airport Terminal 4
    Metro: Aeropuerto T4 (line 8)

    Other webs of general info and leisure:

    - Municipality: www.munimadrid.es
    - General Information: www.turismomadrid.es
    - Leisure: www.guiadelocio.com/madrid
    - Leisure: www.descubremadrid.com
    - Info: www.madrid.org
    - Info: www.madridinfo.org
    - Leisure/culture/tourism/business: www.esmadrid.com
    - Madrid Card: www.madridcard.com
    - Anything: www.madridesmadrid.com
    - Anything: www.madridturistico.com (several languages)
    - Anything: www.madaboutmadrid.com (English)
    - Anything: www.gomadrid.com (English)
    - Anything: www.softguide-madrid.com (Spanish and English)
    - Anything: www.welcometomadrid.org (Spanish and English)
    - Anything: www.madridguide.org (English)
    - Anything: www.madridtourist.info (English)

    * For info about Comunidad de Madrid, not just the city, visit:
    Calle Duque de Medinaceli, 2 (in front of Palace Hotel)
    Metro: Banco de España (line 2) and Atocha (line 1)

    - Tel.: (+34) 902 10 00 07
    - Internet: www.turismomadrid.es (many languages such as Spanish, English, German, French, Italian, Chinese and Japanese).

    * SATE: Servicio de Atención al Turista Extranjero (Foreign Tourist Assistance Service)
    Calle Leganitos, 19
    Metro: Plaza de España (line 10)

    - Tel.: (+34) 91 548 85 37/91 548 80 08/91 902 10 21 12

    Tourism Office (Madrid, Espa��a/Spain) Madrid (Espa��a/Spain)

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    El Tiempo en Madrid (The Weather in Madrid)

    by Redang Updated Oct 30, 2011

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    Favorite thing: What's the weather look like (or will be)?

    - In Spanish
    - In English

    Other webs:
    - www.madridman.com/weather.html (English)
    - www.tutiempo.net/weather/index.php (Spanish)
    - www.worldweather.org/083/c00195.htm (English)
    - www.accuweather.com/world-index-forecast.asp?partner=accuweather&locCode=EUR|ES|SP013|Madrid|&u=1
    - www.imn.es (Spanish and English) (for the weather in Spain)

    How to transform from Fahrenheit to Celsius? Deduct 32, divide by 9 and multiply by 5.

    Example: 85 Fahrenheit, minus 32 = 53, divided by 9 = 5,89 by 5 = 29,4 Celsius.

    El Sol (The Sun)

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    Useful Telephone Numbers

    by Redang Updated Oct 30, 2011

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    Favorite thing: Other useful phone numbers:

    * Emergencies: 112
    * National Police: 091
    * Local Police: 092
    * Lost & Found: 91 527 95 90

    * In case you lose your credit card:
    - 4B: 91 362 62 00
    - American Express: 90 37 56 37
    - Cajamadrid: 91 519 38 00
    - Diners Club: 701 59 00
    - El Corte Inglés: 901 12 21 22
    - Eurocard-Mastercard: 91 362 62 00
    - Visa: 91 362 62 00

    * In case you lose something travelling in public transportation:
    - EMT (buses): 902 50 78 50
    - Metro: 902 44 44 03

    * SATE: Servicio de Atención al Turista Extranjero (Foreign Tourist Assistance Service)
    Tel.: (+34) 91 548 85 37/91 548 80 08/91 902 10 21 12
    Calle Leganitos, 19
    Metro: Plaza de España (lines 3 and 10)

    The staff of your accommodation will help you anyway!

    Plaza Mayor (Madrid, Espa��a/Spain)

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    Divisas (Currency): Euro (€)

    by Redang Updated Mar 9, 2011

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    Favorite thing: As many of you know, this currency (Euro), is currently used in 17 European countries. The list, in alphabetical order and the date of entry, is:

    - Austria: 01.01.2002
    - Belgium: 01.01.2002
    - Cyprus: 01.01.2008
    - Estonia: 01.01.2011
    - Finland: 01.01.2002
    - France: 01.01.2002
    - Germany: 01.01.2002
    - Greece: 01.01.2002
    - Holland: 01.01.2002
    - Ireland: 01.01.2002
    - Italy: 01.01.2002
    - Luxembourg: 01.01.2002
    - Malta: 01.01.2008
    - Portugal: 01.01.2002
    - Slovakia: 01.01.2009
    - Slovenia: 01.01.2007
    - Spain: 01.01.2002

    New countries will join the Euro in the future.

    Do you need to know how much 1 € (Euro) is? Your "mouse" will tell you at once.

    Fondest memory: 1 Euro is divided into 100 cents, and you will find:

    Banknotes of:
    - 5 euros
    - 10 euros
    - 20 euros
    - 50 euros
    - 100 euros
    - 200 euros
    - 500 euros

    Coins of:
    - 2 euros
    - 1 euro
    - 50 cents of euro
    - 20 cents of euro
    - 10 cents of euro
    - 5 cents of euro
    - 2 cents of euro
    - 1 cent of euro

    More information: European Central Bank (several languages).

    1 ��� (1 Euro)

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    Theater Attire

    by risse73 Updated Mar 3, 2011

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    Favorite thing: Went to a Flamenco dance performance in November of 2010, and made sure to dress in appropriate evening attire. I do not think there is any dress code per se, but from my experience, most people who see these kind of performances consistently dress up in typical evening/night out type of ensemble. Nothing fancy or too formal, but a business/smart casual clothing would be appropriate. Personally, I wore a black dress with black tights and black leather boots, and called it a night.

    Enjoy theater in Madrid!

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    • Theater Travel
    • Arts and Culture

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    Chocolate for Churro Dunking

    by Danalia Written Feb 4, 2011

    Favorite thing: 4oz dark chocolate, chopped
    2 cups milk
    1 tbsp cornstarch (also known as cornflour and is the powder that causes the thickening)
    4 tbsp sugar

    Place the chocolate and half the milk in a pan and heat, stirring, until the chocolate has melted. Dissolve the cornstarch in the remaining milk and whisk into the chocolate with the sugar. Cook on low heat, whisking constantly, until the chocolate is thickened, about five minutes. Add extra cornstarch if it doesn't start to thicken after 5 minutes. Remove and whisk smooth. Pour and server in cups or bowls for dunking churros. Do not pour over churros, but use the mix for dunking churros after every bite. Served warm.
    Feel free to share this recipe with your friends, as long as you include my name and web address, so others can contact me with comments.

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    CHURROS CON CHOCOLATE

    by Danalia Updated Feb 4, 2011

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    Favorite thing: Ingredients

    Vegetable or Olive Oil
    1 cup water
    1/2 cup margarine or butter
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    3 eggs
    1/4 cup sugar
    1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

    Prepare to fry the churros by heating oil in a pan (1 to 1&1/2 inches) to 360 degrees F.

    To make churro dough, heat water, margarine and salt to rolling boil in 3-quart saucepan; stir in flour. Stir vigorously over low heat until mixture forms a ball, about 1 minute; remove from heat. Beat eggs all at once; continue beating until smooth and then add to saucepan while stirring mixture.

    Spoon mixture into cake decorators' tube with large star tip (like the kind use to decorate cakes). Squeeze 4-inch strips of dough into hot oil. Fry 3 or 4 strips at a time until golden brown, turning once, about 2 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels. (Mix Sugar and the optional cinnamon); roll churros in sugar or dump the sugar on the pile of churros, like the pros. That churro taste will take you right back to your favorite summer days walking the paseos of Spain.

    Note: REAL churros in Spain are made without cinnamon mixed with the sugar, but the cinnamon adds an extra nice flavor.

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