Thing to do: El rastro

Going for a walk to see “el Rastro” can be a good free plan for a Sunday morning.

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It is located along Plaza de Cascorro and Ribera de Curtidores, between Calle Embajadores and the Ronda de Toledo just south of La Latina metro station. So after the walk you can also expend some time having some drinks and food in La latina (that is a very popular place to expend Sundays morning/afternoons too)

You´ll be able to find a great variety of things, new and used, some of them very weird (if you are looking for something difficult to find or you enjoy second hand products, el Rastro is your place). Certain streets or areas in El Ratro are associated with particular wares as:

  • Calle Fray Ceferino Gonzales is known as “calle de los Pájaros” (‘street of the birds’) as it was where peddlars and travelling sellers would sell domestic animals and birds and associated paraphernalia.
  • Calle San Cayetano is also known as “calle de los Pintores” (‘street of the Painters’), as its permanent stalls sell paintings and drawings and art supplies.
  • Stalls around calle Rodas and the Plaza de General Vara del Rey (formerly Plaza de Antonio Zozaya) and Plaza de Campillo del Mundo Nuevo specialise in buying and selling magazines, trading cards and stamps. A frequent sight in this area is young children swapping and trading with each other.
  • Calle Carnero and calle Carlos Arniches are where bouquinistas sell old, rare and collectible books.
  • The Plaza de Cascorro specialises in selling funky clothing and accessories.
  • Calle Mira el Sol is for the movie buffs .

Be careful with your wallet, and enjoy the walk!!

- when – every Sunday Morning and public holidays from 9 am to 3 pm
- where – Plaza de Cascorro

Free entrance

Enjoy!!

Thing to do: @Teatro_Real great exhibit and more!

Teatro Real is one of the main opera houses in the world, showcasing the talents of some of the most brilliant opera singers in the world.

The Teatro Real was constructed in 1830, after King Fernando VII ordered the reconstruction of Plaza de Oriente in order to provide Madrid with an opera house to rival those already seen in other European countries. The project was first given to the architect Antonio López Aguado, and after his death responsibility for the building was handed to Custodio Teodoro Moreno and Francisco Cabezuelo. Finally, on 19 November 1850, the theatre opened its doors with the opera La favorita by Geatano Donizetti.

Check out what´s going on at the official website.

Thing weekend don´t miss the opportunity of visiting the free exhibit with several objects, dresses, wigs… that the theater shall be selling in December, a great opportunity of having a look to these unique pieces!!

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Other thing to do related with the Teatro real are guided tours: The general tour is based on the artistic aspects of creating an opera. This includes rehearsals (for individuals and groups), the roles of different the wardrobe and set design departments (both before and during the performance), how the entrance to the stage is designed, the role of the stage manager, what the dressing rooms are like inside, etc. Extra information will be provided on the production currently showing (costumes, performers, etc.) and on the next production, including a visit to the staging room.

Opening hours: from Monday to Sunday, at 9.30am and 9.45am (there are only 2 artistic tours per day)
Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes

 

where – Plaza de Oriente.

Enjoy!

Thing to do: Tapas in Chamberí

Again a great opportunity to enjoy Madrid, tapas and beer. Just as proposal you can start at Plaza de Olavide, don´t miss the vertical garden made with veggies and fruits of the ingredients of the tapas that you shall find in the route and continue in the 23 bars and restaurants that participate in the Chamberí route!!

Tapa + drink (wine, beer or coke/fanta…) = 2,5 euros, vote your favourite tapa and win the gifts they offer in the iniciative!

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This is the list of participants: Casa Camu, La Girala, La despensa, Samaná, Tuk Tuk, Galicia Importa, Pintxos Qrétaro, La pinchería, la pícara, Casa de vinos, mesón el paleto, la Jamboteca, Villa de Foz, Tocco Giusto, Casa puebla, La vespa, Trattoría Limbana, Sí quiero!!!, Cilantro, La taberna de Quevedo, Don Latas, Burguer Lovers, Gastroterapia, La Zucóa, Con la boca llena and Top 10.

Enjoy!

Thing to do: Benjamin Lacombe Tour 2014 – @BENLACOMBE

If there is something we love… are Bejamin Labombe pictures :D

Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla are three of the cities in Spain for his tour 2014. Don´t miss today the opportunity of meet Benjamin and also know more about his gorgeous illustrations.

Today at 20h at ABC museum, Benjamin shall be presenting Madama Butterfly a unique illustrated version of this amazing book.

You shall have another opportunity of meeting Benjamin, the following day 21st between 17:00 and 20:30 at Casa del Libro (Gran Via 29)  and also on 22nd at Fnac – in the morning 11h – 14h at Fnac Castellana and in the evening 17h-20:30h at Fnac Callao.

What else we can need? an exhibit!! yes!! again Madrid shall have a Benjamin  Labombe´s exhibit at Museun ABC from 21st of November till March 1 next year.

It is impossible to forget his amazing characters and his unique style, for those that don´t know who is he, Benjamin Lacombe, French author and illustrator, was born in Paris on July 12th, 1982. He is one of the head representatives of the new French illustration. In 2001, he enteted the École Nationale Supé´rieure des Arts Décoratifs ( ENSAD ) in Paris, where he pursued his artistic training. While in school, he also worked in advertising and animation. Then, at the age of 19, he published his first graphic novel and several other illustrated books. His final school project, Cerise Griotte ( Cherry and Olive ), witch he wrote and illustrated in its entirety, became his first children’s book and was published by Seuil Jeunesse in March 2006. It was published the following year by Walker Books ( USA ) and listed as one of Time Magazine’s 10 best children’s book in 2007.

Since then, Benjamin Lacombe has written and illustrated a number of books. Several of these have been translated and released all over the world : Les Amants Papillons ( The Butterfly Lovers ), Généalogie d’une sorcière ( Genealogy of a Witch ), La Mélodie des Tuyaux ( Pipe Song ), Il était une fois… ( Once upon a Time… ), Les contes Macabres ( Takes of the Macabre ) or even L’Herbier des fées ( The Fairy Herbrarium ).

Benjamin Lacombe regularly exhibits his works, most prominently with the following galleries : Ad Hoc Art ( New York ), Dorothy Circus ( Rome ), Maruzen ( Tokyo ), Nucleus ( Los Angeles ), and Daniel Maghen Gallery ( Paris )… and now, his exhibit is again in Madrid!!

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Enjoy!

Thing to do: Argentina in Madrid – @SudestadaMAD

The Argentinian Embassy in Madrid is celebrating these days the II edition of the Argentinian Gastronomic Week, a great trip through flavor to know more about Argentina. A trip with 4 stops to know some of the restaurants that are bringing to Madrid with local ingredients all the yummy gastronomy from Argentina:

  • Toma Café – Calle de la Palma, 49
  • Chifa -  Calle de Modesto Lafuente, 64
  • Sudestada -  Calle de Ponzano, 85
  • Pisca -  Calle de Ponzano, 76

Special menu to celebrate this Argentinian week!! what is your favorite Argentinian dish? let us know @365ThingsMadrid – we love alfanjores!! mmmmmmhhhh :D Food is always a great way to reach culture!!

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More information at the official website of the event.

Enjoy!

Thing to do: Movember – @MovemberES

November is also a month to think about men´s health, for sure you are aware about the Movember initiative, if not this thing to do shall teach you something else today :)

Movember, the month formerly known as November, is a moustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for men’s health – specifically prostate and testicular cancer.

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By encouraging men (who the charity refers to as “Mo Bros”) to get involved, Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths. Besides annual check-ups, the Movember Foundation encourages men to be aware of family history of cancer and to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Mo Sistas (women) are also welcome to participate.

A “Mo” is Australian slang for a moustache. Every Mo Bro must start Movember clean shaven and then grow a moustache for 30 days according to the rules – no beards, no goatees, moustache!

Try to learn more about this initiative and support them for a better future!!

More information at the official website.

Enjoy your day!

Thing to do: Coffee time III

Cold Monday! Winter is here to stay!! keep warm and enjoy today´s thing to do coffee time related :D

Well, today… it is more than coffee because some time a great hot chocolate is even better than a coffee.

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Madrid has tones of great places for a good chocolate or chocolate with churros, today let us highlight some of them:

  • Chocolatería San Ginés since 1894, churros and chocolate most classic in Madrid. Pasadizo de San Ginés 11 near Puerta del Sol. Metro sol
  • Chocolatería La Madrileña, a place with charm and typical Madrid-style decor classic, early twentieth century. It is located in north of the city, in Calle Costa Rica 15
  • La Antigua churreria, this one has the original recipe. It is located in Calle Bravo Murillo, 190 in Tetuán neighborhood.
  • Valor – Postigo de San Martin, 7. Metro Callao. Valor has been in the chocolate making business since 1881
  • Chocolat – Santa María 30 – Metro San Antón Martín. Little place… but very nice

Great thing to do also with kids… and non kids :)

Enjoy!