13 April 2009
Siesta Show Webisode 49 - Back from Easter Holidays

Today we sat on the beach at La Duquesa and chat about our Easter holiday break in Madrid, what's comming up later this week and next week.

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tracey on 16 April 2009 @ 19:30 said:
we went to Madrid last year. we went by the talgo train though ,well over four and a half hours, so felt tired on arriving in Madrid, although after seeing the fast traffic pleased we didnt take our car. saw mamma mia at the theatre which was excellent. retiro park is beautiful and tour on opentop bus was well worth the money. over all great long weekend and definetly recommend madrid although been told by spanish friends that barcelona is a lot better, will go there next.

chris on 14 April 2009 @ 13:49 said:
It must have been a hell of a slow train from Fuengirola to Malaga!!! ¿ AN HOUR ?

chris on 14 April 2009 @ 12:18 said:
Love the videos, It would be great if you could date the past vids as it would help to get an idea of the flavour of some of the places you visit at certain times of the year..ie what the weathers like in Jan and Feb!

Sean on 13 April 2009 @ 22:10 said:
I have never been to Madrid but am really keen to get there. What about the theatre shows there, are they worth seeing? Are they as good as west end type productions in London?

Roger Cummiskey on 13 April 2009 @ 19:11 said:
My first trip to Madrid.

I am excited. It is my first trip to Madrid. It is my first time on the Ave high speed train.

We leave Fuengirola station at 08:45 and one hour later we arrive in Malaga to catch the 09.00 high speed train to Madrid. There is security and x-raying of bags. I find this a bit unexpected for a train.

However, calmly and unrushed we took our pre-booked seats and sat back. We were off smoothly.

An attendant came round with a set of headphones. By 09.10 we are passing mountains on our left and agricultural land on our right. The area is dotted with houses and the occasional white pueblo. We are travelling at 186 km hr. The temperature is 14 degrees.

A movie, Charlie Wilson has started. I pass but understand that it can be watched in English with Spanish subtitles. There is a language choice.

We are now in a long tunnel after which as we emerge we see plenty of olive tree plantations, green fields and greenish brown hillsides that remind me of another country.

We stop at Antiquera (Santa Ana) bathed in sunshine at 09.26. As we pull away a flock of birds begins to follows us but veer away to the right in formation. The other passengers in our carriage are reading reports, talking on their mobile phones and using their computers. The train is doing 288 km . Now we’re motoring!

We stop at Cordoba at 10.00 for about a minute and we are off again. Dark skies are taking over from the blue but after 20 minutes the blue returns and just as quickly change to grey clouds and fog as we pull into Puertollano. Fog has now descended and is a pea-souper with little to see beyond the hedge groves and within 20m on either side of the train.

The fog lifts as we slide into Cuidad Real. Another Ave pulls into the station going in the opposite direction on its way to Malaga. The toilet on the train is a modern treat and the cafe/bar area is as lively as all Spanish bars with lots of chat and noise.

The final hour of our journey is through lush green land. I wonder why there are no seat belts as on airplanes but there is plenty of leg room. The green fields eventually give way to industrialisation, the sprawling mass of residential properties, commercialisation and offices.

We are in Madrid Atocha.

That didn’t feel like 2.5 hours!

So, why did you go to Madrid?

Yes, I know that I have been distracted but the main reason for going to Madrid was to see the Francis Bacon exhibition at the Prado Museum. Also I had never been to Madrid before and I sure got lots of pleasant surprises.

We were able to walk from the Atocha Railway station with its 4,000 m² covered tropical garden to our hotel, The Carlton.

A number 27 or 45 bus from across the road took us the few stops to the Prado. The cost - €1.00 each way. While in Madrid we took no taxis or metros as it was not necessary. The bus service was brilliant and easy to follow. It was also possible to walk to most of the places that we wished to see.

Let me firstly deal with the Museo del Prado

The Prado is one of the most important art museums in Europe and amongst the best in the world. The collection includes sculptures, drawings, paintings and other art objects. The Villanueva building houses Spanish paintings from romantic to 19th century styles, as well as important works by Italian, Flemish, French, Dutch, German and English artists.

The place I discovered is so big that it would be impossible to do much more than the originally planned trip so we stuck only with the Francis Bacon (1909-1992) temporary exhibition.

The exhibition runs until 19/04/2009 and is in association with the Tate Britain. Bacon was born in Ireland but spent his adult life in London. He died in Madrid.

There is a charge in and for the audio.

I hired the audio system in English and made my way around slowly. It took over three hours.

Here is a record from the programme click here.

You really want to give yourself plenty of time and then multiply it by three if you want to appreciate the Museo del Prado. We only did the one exhibition and will go back some time giving ourselves some leeway.

There is a Francis Bacon website that can really fill your head with information. Simply put his name into Google and go down the list a bit.

I was shattered after the visit as I found it heavy going not only from an informational point of view but also the artwork required getting around a complex personality, not mine!


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13 April 2009
Siesta Show Webisode 49 - Back from Easter Holidays
Today we sat on the beach at La Duquesa and chat about our Easter holiday break in Madrid, what's comming up later this week and next week.
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- We go for tapas to Lo de Andres in Sabinillas
- Learning the basics of Spanish and kids in Spanish school - Part 1
- Part 2 of Lisa's chat about the basics of learning Spanish
- Meet Eye on Spain's first ever member and hear about why she moved to Spain
- Today's trip to the white mountain village of Casares
- Justin gives some advice and buying and selling property in Spain
- We go shopping to find out which Spanish supermarket is the cheapest
- We visit Adana, the dog rescue charity to see what they do and what help they need - Part 1
- Part 2 of our visit to check out expats helping abandoned dogs in Spain
- We take you for a tour of Manilva, the home of Eye on Spain
- We take a brief tour of the city of Malaga, it's more than just an airport
- We messed up a little today, it takes longer to make cheese than we thought
- Our guest today tells us all about international schools in Spain
- Antonio takes us for a tour of his home town of Estepona - Part 1
- We go out and about to find out how the Spanish celebrate Valentines Day
- Part 2 of Antonio's fascinating tour of Estepona and what life was like 50 years ago
- We meet up with Juan Ocaña as he shows how to they make goats cheese
- Part 2 of our visit to the cheese factory and Susan tries to find Juan a girlfriend
- Justin gets mauled by a bulldog as Susan chats away about dogs in Spain
- Menu del dia - The easy way to a cheap meal in Spain
- We go to the market to buy some fruit and veg. Good time to learn some Spanish
- We go and check out a local flamenco dance lesson
- Justin tells us about the new look website and what's coming up
- We find an honest estate agent to talk about the current state of the market
- We chat to Myra about issues and problems affecting expats in Spain
- Learn some basic Spanish with us today
- We review some of the programmes to watch on Spanish TV
- Top chef Figueras shows us how to cook the perfect Spanish omelette
- Part 2 of our Spanish omelette cooking lesson
- Elizabeth gives us some advice on curtains for your property in Spain
- We visit little Talia and find out about her journey through the Spanish health system
- We go for a brief tour of Marbella old town
- Learn some Spanish with Susan today and learn to tell people what you like
- We take a look at the issue of damp in properties in Spain
- We visit some more new properties suffering serious damp issues in Spain
- Siesta show takes a week's break and asks for your feedback
- We're back after our week off from filming
- A day out at La Quinta Golf and Country Club
- Siesta Show Webisode 44 - Learn how to say "one can" in Spanish.
- Siesta Show Webisode 45 - Residencia in Spain - What you need to know
- Siesta Show Webisode 46 - Ex-pats, Driving and the Guardia Civil
- Siesta Show Webisode 47 - Golf Lessons in Spain Part 1
- Learn how to cook a tasty Huevos a la Flamenca
- Siesta Show Webisode 49 - Back from Easter Holidays
- Siesta Show Webisode 50 - Golf Lessons in Spain Part 2
- Siesta Show Webisode 51 - Ex-pats follow the broken brick road!
- Siesta Show Webisode 52 - How to order coffee in Spain.
- Siesta Show Webisode 53 - Learn more Spanish as "we go"
- Siesta Show Webisode 54 - EOS does Top Gear (not!)
- Siesta Show Webisode 55 - More Spanish lessons 'in Colour'
- Siesta Show Webisode 56 - We're back and we're stronger than ever!
- Siesta Show Webisode 57 - More Golf Putting Lessons
- Siesta Show Webisode 58 - How to order a beer in Spain
- Siesta Show Webisode 59 - Typical Spanish Evenings?
- Siesta Show Webisode 60 - Typical Spanish Evenings? (part 2)
- Siesta Show Webisode 61 - A day out at the spectacular Feria in Jerez
- Siesta Show Webisode 62 - Let's have some fun, watch these outtakes from previous shows
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- Siesta Show Webisode 64 - More Golf Putting Lessons (Part 2)
- Siesta Show Webisode 65 - Golf Putting Do's and Don'ts
- Siesta Show Webisode 66 - Ex-Pats clean up their act!
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- Siesta Show Webisode 68 - The true cost of living in Spain!
- Siesta Show Webisode 69 - Learning Spanish Courses Reviewed
- Siesta Show Webisode 70 - How we started and where we are going!
- Siesta Show Webisode 71 - How to Attract Spanish Women!
- Siesta Show Webisode 72 - How to Attract Spanish Women! (part 2)
- Siesta Show Webisode 73 - Spanish Wine Tasting Amateur Night!
- Siesta Show Webisode 74 - Common problems with Pools in Spain.
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- Siesta Show 76 - Last Minute Car Hire and Airport Information
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