A visit to the Lázaro Galdiano Museum

A visit to the Lázaro Galdiano Museum

Visitors often hit the "big three" museums in Madrid: Prado, Thyssen and the Reina Sofia. However,  there are many other museums in Madrid worth visiting—one such is the Lázaro Galdiano museum. You can take self-guided tours or official museum tours to get a peek into the life of José Lázaro Galdiano and his wife Paula Florido.

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Mapnetico—a magnetic map to track your travels

 A unique mapping system that allows you to post your travels with magnetic pins

A unique mapping system that allows you to post your travels with magnetic pins

Pin-the-country

Are you a traveller? Do you have a bucket list of where you want to go?

I recently discovered a magnetic map for the person who loves to track their travels. The Mapnético map is designed with coloured magnets. You can add the cities and countries you have been to in one colour, and the places you want to go in another. No sticking holes in your map as the pins are small magnets. This adds a whole new level of fun to “pin-the-country” game. Mapnético is an attractive addition to any wall or office.

 You can track routes and use a colour-coded system

You can track routes and use a colour-coded system

If you are a serious world traveller, it has a counter so that you can continually update how many countries you have been to.

Mapnético is laid out in a grid with a corresponding legend so you can easily find any country or major city from its longitude and latitude shown on the legend.

Map entire routes by using the magnetic pins or simply add the markers to each city you visited.

You can order your copy online from Mapnético 

Happy mapping!

Free events throughout Madrid in the month of May

There is never a shortage of things to do or see in Madrid, but if you can take advantage of exhibitions that are free—so much the better.

The community of Madrid offers free events, activities and cultural visits each month.  Here is what you can see in May for free:

 Madrid has no shortage of cultural events and exhibitions throughout the year.

Madrid has no shortage of cultural events and exhibitions throughout the year.

Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956)

This exhibition showcases the complete career of Lyonel Feininger who was a key figure on the avant-garde scene.

Dates: May 1 - 28

Where: Fundacion Juan March

Address: Castello 77

Metro: Nunez de Balboa

Hours open: Monday-Saturday and holidays 11:00-20:00, Sunday 10:00-14:00

Houdini—The laws of wonder

(Houdini. Las leyes del asombro)

Harry Houdini is one of the most famous illusionists of all time. This exhibition traces the history of modern magic and its evolution.

When:  May 1 - 28

Where: Telefonica building

Address: c/Fuencarral, 3

Metro: Gran Via

Hours open: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-20:00

Women of the Congo

Las Mujeres del Congo

Photographers Isabel Munoz and Choncha Casajus present the struggle of Congolese women against the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.

When: May-June 18

Where: Museo Nacional de Antropologia (National museum of Anthropology)

Address: Alfonso XII, 68

Metro: Atocha Renfe

Hours open:  Tuesday-Saturday 9:30-20:00, Sundays and holidays 10:00-15:00

Celebrating 100 years of Leica photography

This exposition called Con los ojos bien abiertos, cien anos de fotografia Lecia (Eyes wide open! 100 years of Leica photography) is a tribute to the invention of the Leica camera. Artists such as Cartier Bresson, Paul Wolff, Bruce Davidson, Capa and Robert Frank are displayed.

Dates: May 11 - Sept 10

Where: Telefonica building

Address: c/Fuencarral, 3

Metro: Gran Via

Hours open:  Tuesday - Sunday from 10:00-20:00

Elena Fortun and her world

(Elena Fortun y su mundo)

A tribute to Encarnacion Aragoneses de Urquijo (1886-1952), better known as Elena Fortun, who was an author of —primarily—literature for children and young adults.

When: May - October 1

Where: Biblioteca Historica Municipal (Historical library)

Address:  Conde Duque, 9-11

Metro: Plaza de Espana/Noviciado

Hours open: Monday-Friday 8:30-14:30

The Journey and the Writer: Europe 1914-1939

(El Viaje y el escritor: Europa 1914-1939)

This exhibition demonstrates the existence of a European cultural network in the interwar period throughout Europe.

Dates: May until October 15

Where: Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (Contemporary art museum)  

Address: c/Conde Duque 9-11

Metro: Novidiciado/Plaza de Espana

Hours open: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 - 14:00 and 17:30-21:00 Sundays and holidays 13:00-14:00

 

 

 

 

 

Where do locals take their guests?

Where do locals take their guests?

Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a personal guide to show you all the hidden corners when you come to Spain the first time? I asked a few fellow bloggers to let me in on where they take family and friends who are visiting Spain for the first time.  Find out where these locals take guests in Granada, Madrid and Seville. 

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Walking in Madrid's centre just got easier

Madrid is planning to go green

Madrid’s Mayor Manuela Carmena is serious about going green. She wants to see the city centre be pedestrianized by the time she leaves office in 2019.

 Many streets in the downtown core of Madrid are already open to pedestrians only. 

Many streets in the downtown core of Madrid are already open to pedestrians only. 

Already the downtown core has opened up many streets to pedestrians. Streets in and around Gran Via and Sol have banned cars.

This is a positive move both for the environment and tourists.

Carmena is proposing to close off the entire Gran Via to cars, leaving access to pedestrians, taxis and buses only.

Read the full story in businessinsider.com.