Tag Archives: Puerta del Sol

2015 Christmas in Madrid

In Madrid, and in Spain in general, the Christmas holiday lasts roughly two weeks. Some families celebrate Santa Claus “Papá Noel” on the 25th of December while other families celebrate the Three Wise Men “Los Reyes Magos” on the 6th … Continue reading

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2014 Semana Santa Madrid Holy Week Processions

Religious or just “cultural“, anxious spectators prepare for the 2014 Semana Santa Madrid Holy Week Processions – and everyone hopes the weather cooperates. The majority of onlookers of the seemingly countless Holy Week Processions in Madrid are people of faith, … Continue reading

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Review: Hostal El Pilar near Puerta del Sol Madrid

A few weekends ago, early June 2013, I spent Friday and Saturday night in downtown Madrid while a friend was visiting. I’d reserved Hostal El Pilar on Calle de Carretas, 13, just about 80 meters from the Puerta del Sol’s … Continue reading

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Spectacular Madrid Puerta del Sol Rooftop Views

Last week I had the distinct pleasure of enjoying some INCREDIBLE views from a Madrid rooftop – IN THE PUERTA DEL SOL! Sometimes I think to myself, “I really am blessed to have such good friends and good contacts.” My … Continue reading

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2013 Semana Santa in Madrid Holy Week

Today is Easter Sunday in the world of the believers – and that’s a pretty large percentage of the population. It also marks the last day of the week long Holy Week festival of  Semana Santa in Madrid and throughout … Continue reading

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Madrid Tio Pepe Sign Will Find New Home in Puerta del Sol

News that the famous, HISTORIC, landmark, neon Tío Pepe sign, synonymous with Madrid’s Puerta del Sol as much as the “Oso y el Madroño” statue, won’t return to the address Puerta del Sol, 1, causes nothing but discomfort in one’s … Continue reading

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Spain’s General Labor Strike Today

Today is a General Labor Strike in Spain against labor reform. That’s not to say no one is going to work, but enough so you’d notice. Some small shops and restaurants are closed because they don’t have the personnel to … Continue reading

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Puerta del Sol Madrid Demonstrations, Elections 2011

  Politics & religion are two issues they say never to discuss when traveling abroad as they’ll only cause problems. Discussion and debate, while necessary, is also exhaustive and requires effort and patience. The tens of thousands of people in … Continue reading

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New Apple Store in Madrid Puerta del Sol

Folks, it’s official. They’ve signed the lease. The much-rumored New Apple Store in Madrid, Spain will likely be inaugurated at the end of 2011 or beginning of 2012. It will be located in the emblematic Puerta del Sol, specifically at … Continue reading

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Puerta del Sol in Madrid for New Years Eve 2010-2011

Puerta del Sol is Madrid’s premier place to spend New Years Eve in Spain. Why? Because 1) it’s the capital of Spain and 2) it’s the scene nearly all Spaniards see on TV (or on Internet) when counting down to … Continue reading

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General Labor Strike in Spain

UPDATE: Also see the post about the 29 March 2012 Spain’s General Labor Strike Today against Labor Reform. Yesterday’s general labor strike in Spain, organized mainly by the country’s biggest labor  unions, was the talk not only of the town, … Continue reading

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New Year’s Eve to 2010 in Madrid

Also read: “Puerta del Sol in Madrid for New Years Eve 2010-2011“ It’s so nice to have a GOOD excuse to sleep until noon (or almost) – and surviving a New Year’s Eve in Madrid is an excellent excuse to … Continue reading

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El Oso y el Madroño Statue in Puerta del Sol Changes Location

At about 10:30am this morning, Madrid’s city symbol, “El Oso y el Madroño” (bear and the berry tree), was moved to a new location in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol. Actually, it has returned to its ORIGINAL location where it stood … Continue reading

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Grand Opening: New Cercanias Station in Puerta del Sol

Today, on its first day of operation, I made my maiden-visit to the brand-new Cercanías station in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol. The controversial entryway is in the shape, it is said, of a “Glass Fish” or “Pez de Cristal“, and … Continue reading

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Pez de Cristal, Glass Fish: Puerta del Sol’s New Landmark

The “Pez de Cristal” – or “Glass Fish” – will be inaugurated as the new landmark in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol on Saturday, 27 June 2009 at 11am and will be presided over by the President of the Comunidad de … Continue reading

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New Year’s Eve in Madrid

Tonight is New Year’s Eve in Madrid, Spain and, of course, throughout the world.How do people celebrate New Year’s Eve in Madrid and throughout Spain? Unlike Christmas Eve, which is an important family-gathering holiday, New Year’s Eve (called “Noche Vieja” … Continue reading

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Ismael Serrano: Singer-Songwriter from Madrid

Ismael Serrano is probably my all-time-favorite Spanish singer-songwriter. I’d say he’s been considered a Spanish folk singer because his songs are mainly ballads, often about social issues, love, and humanity. According to the Wikipedia page on Ismael Serrano,: He was … Continue reading

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