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    Local Church

    by scottishvisitor Updated Jun 27, 2006

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    Iglesia San Gines

    The Church is the worship place of the Nuns from the Convento de la Descalzas. It was constructed in the 16th. century. The Nuns are from the Franciscan Order. I loved the brick detail of this church so different to the surrounding buildings in the commercial part of Madrid.

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    Time to eat and ir de tapeo

    by marielexoteria Updated Nov 18, 2007

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    Tapeo (photo from Wikipedia)

    Madrileños eat both lunch and dinner later than in other countries (at least from where I've been to yet). Lunch is usually between 1pm and 4pm and dinner is served between 8:30pm and 11:30pm. What do people do between meals? They go tapas bar hopping, or "van de tapeo".

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    Tipping in Madrid!

    by aeroarce Written Sep 8, 2003

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    Tipping in Spain!
    Iýve seen many people coming to Spain giving exaggerated tips, even 12 Euros for a meal of 90. Thatýs too much.

    In Spain We tip for the quality of service weýve received, the best service, the best tip, but there are some things you have to know.
    When you are on a bar, having something to drink, if the service is good (they attend you on time, friendly and they put you a tapa for free I would just round the tip or give a euro. On a restaurant depends also on how they serve you, for a nice service maybe a euro per person is ok, for a good service a euro and a half or two is all right and a for a bad and unfriendly service if you live nothing will be the best thing to do.

    If you flag down a taxi, just round the ride, but never give more than a Euro or two, as a foreigner you donýt know if they are being right or if they ripped you off so be prudent and donýt tip if you suspect the driver took you on a tour instead of driving you directly and quick. Taxi drivers are In Madrid and almost every where in this world the best thieves so Why tipping them if 90 percent of time when you travel they took your money?

    Any way Do what you consider is right and a tip will always be welcome when somebody gives you a service.

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    Stamp and coin Market

    by Carmela71 Updated Nov 11, 2003

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    At Sunday mornings at Plaza Mayor you can find this market, here you can see people changing, buying and selling, mainly stamps and coins, but also magic cards, and any kind of collection you can imagine.

    This and the rastro on Sundays are something on my memories of Madrid since I was a child!

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    El Rastro

    by Carmela71 Updated Nov 11, 2003

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    On Sunday mornings.

    Now is more a flea market, but I remember when I was a child to come here, and see the most incredible old things being sold here. Like in Carboot sales...

    Still if you go off the main street, you can find some little streets with the old charm, but prices lol are not so good!!!

    Metro Station La Latina

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    Siesta time

    by vanessadb Updated Jul 26, 2003

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    Spain is known for its siesta (nap) and for its quailty of life: Work to live instead of live to work. And taking a nap in the middle of the day is indeed a wonderful invention. What you have to understand though is that Madrid (and most of Spain for that matter) shuts down from about 2 pm until 6pm in the evening.

    The regular business hours are indeed from 9h or 10h in the morning till 13h30 or 14h, and from 17h or 18h till 20h or 21h. The 3 hour break is the lunch and siesta time.

    So from 2pm to 6pm approximately, you won't find an open store, except for convenience stores like El Corte Ingles. Other exceptions are construction workers, particularly road workers, who are out all day;.and tourist-oriented places, such as museums, have reduced siesta hours, closing at two and re-opening at four.

    So keep this in mind when scheduling your days, especially if you have a limited amount of them....

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    PHotoEspaña

    by agarcia Updated Jul 14, 2003

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    Exposition at Botanical Garden

    If you are into photography and you are in Madrid during the summer, a visit to the many photographic exhibitions of PHotoEspaña is a must. The festival takes place between June and July and is, by far, the biggest photographic festival of the country. Indeed, the offer is so huge that I find almost impossible to attend all the expositions I’m interested in. :-p

    I particularly enjoyed this year a collection of “vintage” B/W pictures of Spain in the late 50’s, hosted in the Reina Sofia museum. I totally recommend a visit!!

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    street signs in madrid.

    by cachaseiro Written Oct 25, 2005

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    street sign in madrid.

    like in most other countries madrid has named many of it's streets after people who are somehow part of the countrys history.
    what is different in madrid is that there is always a picture of the person that the street is named after on the actual street sign.
    it makes the street signs a whole lot more interesting for the rest of us and i find that it's a nice tribute to the people they named the street after.

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    Angels on the Street

    by scottishvisitor Updated Jan 26, 2006

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    Colourful Street Signs

    Just loved the street signs - very ornate & much more interesting than "Main Street" The Spanish have a very creative flair when it comes to ceramics, they create very detailed and arty street signs.

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    Feria del Libro (Books Fair)

    by agarcia Updated Jun 12, 2003

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    Mario Vargas Llosa

    La Feria del Libro is one of the most important cultural events of the year in Madrid, an as the event takes place in my familiar and nearby Retiro park, I could not resist the temptation of visiting the fair several times during the couple of weeks that it usually last.

    Here you could buy books with an interesting discount, enjoy the general ambience or simply admire the way in wich famous writers fatten up his/her egos by receiving the adulation of his/her public. Trust me; it’s an indispensable visit!

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    The right time for have a dinner!

    by schlumpf Written May 12, 2005

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    Well, i am italian and we usually have a dinner quiet early, arnd 08pm/09pm, so, what was a bit shockie for me was to have a dinner at 11pm, quiet early for the madrilenian...deamn!
    I was sufferign!! hehehehehe...
    This could be consider something like a custom...
    But, surely, this is another way to spend the day, and another way to re-organzie the whole day...if you take a dinner at 11pm, you might find the time for have a a couple of hours of SIESTA...ehhehehehhe...

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    Corrida

    by evona Updated Aug 29, 2006

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    The bullfights are very popular in Spain. You can see the history of corrida in Museo Taurino. There is too The Bulla of the Pope Pius V - a document in wich he forbided the bullsfights - but this prohibition was never kept. The Plaza de Toros in Madrid is a very beautiful building. There are some other plazas de toros in the city. And in every one town there is a Plaza de Toros.
    I have never seen the bullsfights live, only in the TV, and I`m sure I don`t like it. But I like the torreros dress, it is so colorfull. Really great.

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    Street Signs

    by Nathalie_B Written Jan 6, 2007

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    This is something that I really liked about Madrid. The ornate street-name signs can be called everything but ordinary. Each sign contains the name and an ornament that usually reflects the name. These are very detailed, colorful, and, indeed, creative signs. So much thought was put into each of them to make it look so inventive.

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    12 Greaps at new year's eve night

    by aeroarce Written Jan 8, 2003

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    At mid night on the 31st of december all spaniards have the tradition of eating 12 grapes at the time that the bells of the Puerta De El Sol's clock in central madrid rings the New Year, one per ring bell. that's the way we welcome the New Year.

    This Tradition cames from a over prodution of greaps at late 1800 or beggining the 1900
    people show that there where a lot of greaps and they would loose them there was no exit for them so they decided to use them on welcoming the New Year.

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    The 12 grapes

    by Nathalie_B Updated Jan 6, 2006

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    Canned grapes

    I guess in every country people have their own way to celebrate New Year's Eve. Spaniards are eating grapes. Before midnight they get 12 grapes and have about 2 seconds for each grape to eat.
    If you celebrate on the streets of Madrid you'll see many street vendors running around with bags of 12 grapes which they sell for 1 Euro each. And of course you can always show up prepared in advance. Just go to any super market and you'll find canned grapes, exactly 12 of them in a can, cleaned of seeds and skin.

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