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Philip III had built this impressive square between 1617 and 1619, to give additional prestige to his kingdom. The buildings are mostly Renaissance style, in the center there is a statue of the king by Juan de Bolonia and Pietro Tacca. During 17th century this square was the scenery of theater performances and bullfights, and served as meeting-place of the Gremios, the associations of craftsmen. In 1790 the Plaza Mayor was almost completely destroyed by a fire, but rebuilt lateron. Beautiful building with painted figures and lots of cafes all around the plaza with terraces to enjoy some coffee or nice cold beer in the Summer.
The Palacio de La Granja de San Idelfonso is a Versailles-inspired palace & gardens built by Philip V in 1720 near the hermitage of San Idelfonso on the way to Segovia. Wondreful place for walking and enjoying gorgeous views of gardens and fountains!!
SPANISH GASTRONOMY! If you are able to, try a 'homemade Paella'!!!!! Oh my gosh, I must of had 'the best one in town'! Thanks Elena and Fernando! It was delicious! About the food and eating habits in Spain, let me tell you that the typical day of the Spaniard is punctuated with opportunities to be with friends, family and evenstrangers. In the morning, on the way to work, they stop for coffee, chocolate and pan tostado - toast spread with fruit preserves, marmalade, or honey.
In mid morning they pause for sweets, churros (morning tapas). The institution of siesta is central in preserving the unique family structure, which is Spain. Rather than grabbing a plastic wrapped sandwich or hamburger to eat at their desk, many Spaniards protect the sanctity of their family by closing their business and going home, there, around the table with those they love, then enjoy cheese, chorizo, asparagus with alioli, fresh fish with romesco sauce, garlic chicken, followed by a refreshing snooze (the Siesta: which is really easy to get used to by the way! rofl). After returning to complete their business day it is time for the paseo where they stroll around town, greeting friends, enjoying their children who are playing in the neighborhood. Finally they reach their destination: their favorite bar for tapas. Over animated conversation they savor thin slices of jamón serrano and manchego cheese. Of course there is always the omnipresent dish of olives, manzanillas stuffed with anchovies, delicate arbequinas, hearty black or gordas or aliñadas. Tapas that follows might include a ration of paella made with saffron rice, piquillo pimientos and a touch of smoked paprika. Another favorite is ensaladilla made with capers and peppers. At last it is time to head home where family might enjoy a bowl of gazpacho, and a plate with slice of tetilla cheese, and a green salad topped with Extra Virgin olive oil and Solera Vinegar.
From dawn to dusk (and beyond) food brings friends together. I love that closeness about them! the friendships... the friends that they've had since very small are friends they always treasure and keep. Totally love their culture!
This is a picture of Madrid's central market...... even that is sooooo fancy!!!!!! GORGEOUS ARCHITECTURE AIN'T IT?
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