Tagged With "Madrid"

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Re: February 21, 2020: A Great Green Wall, Madrid

GarryRF ·
Made me look twice !
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Re: Autumn: A season for soup

PortMoresby ·
Soup, my favorite! Here are 2 more, a preview from next week's Oaxaca blog (Wednesday, 10/28), 'Food'.
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Re: Madrid's Electric Bike Share Tops 50,000 Sign Ups

PHeymont ·
Very cool! As I contemplate getting my own bike back on the road, hills are one of the issues (aside from traffic) and I've even thought about one of these...great way to get around a city that's bicycle-friendly... I found a picture...they're like regular bikes, it seems, not like a Vespa, so probably easier to park, too.
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Re: Madrid's Electric Bike Share Tops 50,000 Sign Ups

Travel Rob ·
I saw these electric bikes all over Tokyo and they are growing on me. Also, I've noticed foldable bikes everywhere I'm going. I'm wondering if we will big numbers of people packing those for travel in the near future.
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Re: Madrid's Electric Bike Share Tops 50,000 Sign Ups

PHeymont ·
Given the weight and size restrictions on luggage, I think it’s more likely that we’ll see these for rent in a lot more places, rather than people taking their own along. Folding sounds nice…you can just take it to your room at night. Electric folding would be even better!
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Re: World's 10 Best Airports? Maybe...

Travel Rob ·
I totally disagree with the list. It's partly because I'm more budget focused and partly because it takes less time and hassle at the smaller airports.My favorite airports are small ones where security is reasonable and you dont need to be there hours in advance. My tops would include John Lennon( Liverpool) Sanford near (Orlando) and Marseilles, France
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Re: World's 10 Best Airports? Maybe...

DrFumblefinger ·
These are all important international hubs, but I'm inclined to agree with TravelRob. Most of these airports are massive and far from user friendly. Maybe they have a large assortment of restaurants from which to choose, etc. But I like short lines, a quick security screen and a reasonable walk to the gate not requiring a bus or train to get there.
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Re: World's 10 Best Airports? Maybe...

GarryRF ·
I don't want Restaurants or a shopping experience at my airport. I want to check in and go as soon as possible. I don't like being overcharged for something I don't want by an airport that insists on holding me hostage for 3 or 4 hours. My worst experience was JFK for 3 days when my flight was cancelled. Like Rob, if you get me away in under an hour of arrival I'm happy. Liverpool has destinations all over Europe.
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Re: World's 10 Best Airports? Maybe...

PHeymont ·
I think the comments, and mine are all hitting on the same point: better airport is not more amenities for while you're trapped there...better airport is not trapping you there. I get disbelieving stares when I tell people that Laguardia is my favorite. But, while it looks a bit dated, its size means you don't have ridiculous hikes, and it's easy to get in and get out. Heathrow T5, on the other hand...especially if you are transferring from T3...is an experience that makes you feel like...
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Re: World's 10 Best Airports? Maybe...

GarryRF ·
Dulles airport was unique. A bus on "scissors" rose up to the planes exit door and we all walked into the carriage. It drove back to the main terminal, Then the announcement. Because of a backlog of passengers we would have to stay on the shuttle bus. We were packed in tight. Standing shoulder to shoulder. No seats. We stood in it for two and a half hours. Sweltering under a July sun. No AirCon. No water. We weren't allowed to open the doors "for security reasons". Temperatures soon rose...
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Re: World's 10 Best Airports? Maybe...

PHeymont ·
Well, there you have it literally: the road to hell, paved with good intentions. But something does need to change...the airport walks can't just keep getting longer!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 8, 2015: Toledo and Madrid

GarryRF ·
Great pictures - I hope you can add some more ! Looks like you were there when its HOT !
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 8, 2015: Toledo and Madrid

Non Stop Destination ·
Thank you! I visited Spain in July, and temperatures were around 30-35 degrees. Pretty hot At the time, I didn't have a good camera with me, so I only took photos with my phone. I could add a few more. I will probably add a post on my blog about my time in Spain. Originally Posted by GarryRF: Great pictures - I hope you can add some more ! Looks like you were there when its HOT !
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 8, 2015: Toledo and Madrid

GarryRF ·
The Moorish influence on the architecture of Spain is amazing ! Love it
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Re: Belles lettres et de belles choses: A wanderer's gallery

PHeymont ·
An apology...I mixed my files and misidentified the girl reading her stack of bronze books; we met her in Seville, not Lisbon!
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Re: Belles lettres et de belles choses: A wanderer's gallery

PHeymont ·
Another find for the Belles Lettres category: The 19th-c sign atop the older part of Madrid's Atocha rail station.
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Re: "Art", Madrid international airport

GarryRF ·
"Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder" I think I'd need Spanish Eyes to admire this work. Fun - but not art.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 17: A Night out in Madrid

Mac ·
Really nicely exposed and atmospheric photo PH! Completely typifies the sidewalk eating culture. Come back summer!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 17: A Night out in Madrid

JohnT ·
That is a stunning photograph Pheymont.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 17: A Night out in Madrid

PHeymont ·
Thanks for the kind words, guys! I just wish I were sitting there now...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 17: A Night out in Madrid

Former Member ·
This is a photograph ? Wow, it looks like a beautiful painting.
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Re: Madrid's Banco de Espana Building: Where Gumbo Was (#45)

HistoryDigger ·
Fascinating post. I LOVE that Pere Borrel del Caso painting.
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Re: Madrid's Banco de Espana Building: Where Gumbo Was (#45)

PHeymont ·
Here's another you might like, hanging in the Castelvecchio in Verona. It's by 15th century artist Giovanni Francesco Caroto, and is titled Boy with a Drawing. I've thought it wouldn't be out of place in Mad magazine... It appeared on TravelGumbo in a blog I did on Verona .
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Re: Madrid's Banco de Espana Building: Where Gumbo Was (#45)

HistoryDigger ·
Now that's postmodern and...well...freaky. Yup--Mad Magazine, for sure.
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Re: Madrid's Banco de Espana Building: Where Gumbo Was (#45)

DrFumblefinger ·
I had the same thought, HistoryDigger! That guy is one of Alfred E Neuman's ancestors.
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Re: Madrid's Banco de Espana Building: Where Gumbo Was (#45)

HistoryDigger ·
Oh, for sure! Definite DNA match. (p.s. I couldn't access your article from the Verona hyperlink.)
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Re: Madrid's Banco de Espana Building: Where Gumbo Was (#45)

Travel Rob ·
HistoryDigger Try this link. https://www.travelgumbo.com/blo...han-romeo-and-juliet
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Best Restaurants

Former Member ·
I read a lot of food magazines (Saveur, Bon Appetit, etc.) and they are always on top of what's trendy in food and wine...but I'm a little along, and not so interested in the newest thing, because mostly it's a lot of fuss and soon gone. I'd like...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 8, 2015: Toledo and Madrid

Non Stop Destination ·
  My first solo trip was to Madrid and Toledo in Spain.  I had been travelling for years, but always in a group.  This time I was on my own, and a little petrified.  I shouldn't have been as Madrid is easy to get around and the...
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Belles lettres et de belles choses: A wanderer's gallery

PHeymont ·
Beautiful letters and beautiful things...This is another shoebox selection, focusing on well-made signs and well-wrought details that just don't really fit somewhere else. You know the kind, I suspect...you've got these lovely pictures of London...but...
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Silk Road becomes the Silk Railway

PHeymont ·
There's a new long-distance champ for rail routes: an 8,077-mile run from Yiwu, China to Madrid, Spain. The first trip took 3 weeks, but that may improve as time goes on. The route will be run twice a month for now, connecting the biggest...
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Turquoise Trail: A beautiful trip through New Mexico

Jonathan L ·
Jonthan L takes us on a trip along The Turquoise Trail, with stops at Tinkertown and Madrid.
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February 21, 2020: A Great Green Wall, Madrid

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger comes across a beautiful garden growing on the wall of a building near the Prado Museum.
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Ryanair Madrid strike; no baggage service

PHeymont ·
Ryanair's ground workers at Madrid's airport are on an "open-ended" strike against plans to cut their wages 25-30% as well as issues over inadequate safety equipment, work shifts and holidays. They've accused the company of refusing to negotiate with...
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Madrid's Electric Bike Share Tops 50,000 Sign Ups

Travel Rob ·
Madrid is the first major city in Europe to offer a  public bike system that only uses electric bicycles and 50,000 people have already signed up since June, 2014. The electric bikes give the added push up needed for hills...
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Madrid Mayor to clear the city of Dictator Franco

DrFumblefinger ·
    Manuela Carmena, the new mayor of Madrid (and a former communist judge), is going to clean the streets of Madrid.  It seems there are 150 streets and public places that are named after or refer to the late dictator Francisco Franco,...
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Beach, Bulls, Music highlight Spain's July events

PHeymont ·
Kings of Leon at Benicassim 2007            Photo: ELOdry / Wikimedia     This is the month of the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, but that's only a small piece of the events on tap in Spain for July.   A...
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Autumn: A season for soup

PHeymont ·
  When the weather turns cool and the leaves start to fall, it always seems time for soup. Not that there aren't wonderful summer soups—gazpacho and cold plum soup come to mind—but fall and winter are the true soup seasons. And with...
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In and Around Madrid's Plaza Mayor

PHeymont ·
The Plaza Mayor is the largest open space (other than parks) in Central Madrid. It's a major tourist attraction, a place for cafes and shops that range from traditional to chic and has served for hundreds of years as a place for public gatherings,...
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Spain Index

PHeymont ·
BLOGS Sept. 5, 2013     PHeymont      Barcelona's "Other Architect" Feb. 18, 2014     PHeymont     The Alcazar of Jerez: A Window into History Feb. 20, 2014     PHeymont      Six...
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Madrid's Banco de Espana Building: Where Gumbo Was (#45)

PHeymont ·
The Banco de Espana building in Madrid had Gumbo’s attention when he was taking the puzzle picture, and what caught him was the stark difference in sculptural decoration in the picture—but the building as a whole is worth a look, too. It...
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Feathered 'ex-pats' lead to Spanish squawks

PHeymont ·
Madrid and other Spanish cities have developed colonies of Quaker parrots, an invasive species that arrived as pets.
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Hard way to catch a plane: chase it!

PHeymont ·
A Ryanair passenger who missed his flight catches it anyway, by running across the field!
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 17: A Night out in Madrid

PHeymont ·
Summer evenings in Madrid lend themselves to outdoor dining and drinking, with nearly every street and plaza taken up with tables. Even tiny restaurants and bars spread themselves out as evening temperatures become pleasant. Since Madrilenos start the...
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World's 10 Best Airports? Maybe...

PHeymont ·
Skytrax has released its annual list of the world's best airports, based on surveys it distributed. Almost all of last year's winners are on the list again, and the only one in North America is Vancouver. But (IMHO) there's reason to question a list...
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Madrid Archaeological Museum to Reopen on April 1.

PortMoresby ·
"Spain's National Archaeological Museum reopens to the public on Tuesday after a massive six-year overhaul..."   Read more from 'The Local', Spain's English language online newspaper.
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Spain, Britain vie for tallest European building

PHeymont ·
It's not just the Middle Eastern oil lands that like to brag about tall new skyscrapers; now Spain and Britain are in a competition for Europe's tallest.
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Stormtroopers (and Wookies and Jedis) invade Barcelona

PHeymont ·
  Barcelona loves parades and the world seems to love Star Wars−especially this year, with a new movie opening just before Christmas. Put that all together, and you've got Barcelona's annual Star Wars parade, bigger than ever.   This...
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Is Spain becoming a Drone Zone?

PHeymont ·
Spain's local governments are finding innovative uses for small drones, but Madrid's new city government cancelled its order.
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Re: Silk Road becomes the Silk Railway

PortMoresby ·
As a huge fan of all sorts of surface travel, you had me going there for a moment. Until I realized I'd have to wear my chorizo disguise to get a ride on this train.
 
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