Cervantes’s routes reach every part of the world

Cervantes’s routes is an ambicious google project that lets you know the life, works or even see where he lived in just a simple click.

https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/beta/u/0/project/the-routes-of-cervantes?hl=es

A cultural project that includes 18 expositions and 5 virtual walks in 360º around emblematic places of his life, like the house where he was born and his home in Valladolid. With Google Street View you can also visit the rooms where Cervantes lived with his family or know editions of his books.

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The exposition of the 5th Centenary of El Bosco

El Museo del Prado memoralize the 5th Centenary of El Bosco’s death with the first exposition that they dedicate to him in Spain, the most complete and the most quality one made until now.

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To the collection of Museo del Prado, the most numerous and complete in the world that include masterpieces like “El Jardín de las Delicias”, “El Carro del Heno” or “La Adoracion de los Magos”, they add lended works reunited for the first time in this exposition, like “El Tríptico de las Tentaciones” of San Antonio Abad of Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga de Lisboa, “El Cristo del Calvario” of National Heritage, “La Coronacion de Espinas” of National Gallery of London and the drawin Man-Tree of Viena’s Albertina, trully masterpieces.

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This exposition of the 5th Centenary of El Bosco gathers more than 50 of his works, like 21 paintings and 8 original paintings of El Bosco, where they establish more than the 75% of his works  like engravings, reliefs, thumbnails and paintings of other authors that contextualize the ambient where they were created.

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A unique opportunity to discover Museo del Prado and once finished visiting the museum you can get lost in “Barrio de Las Letras”

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Avilable until 11th September, 2016.

Madrid museums

Talking about art in Madrid is talking about balance and simetry, because three of the world´s most important art museums, Prado MuseumThyssen-Bornemisza Museum and Reina Sofia Museum, are situated along a line that takes us from the classics to the contemporary, whilst we wander around the Prado Avenue.

On the short way that takes us from the Thyssen to Reina Sofía Museum on the other side, we come across a lot of interesting points of the city, such as Neptune Fountain, where Atletico de Madrid followers perform their victories, the Botanic Garden or the Royal Observatory.

It’s five hours of travel enlivened by the most lighthearted culinary offerings. For example, El Diario, a real house castiza bohemian meals which highlights the classic Spanish gastronomy, a place to eat or snack at any time of day.

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A few meters Toulouse Lautrec a pub that revolves around the charismatic French painter with a proposal that combines excellent cocktails and mocktails and a wide selection of imported beers

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1.Prado Museum 

Ritz Hotel is the departing point for this route. This elegant spot was built more than a hundred years ago, for hosting the european royalties on their trips to the capital of Spain. We recommend you to start your day with a breakfast at the hotel´s Velazquez Bar. Otherwise, if you prefer the afternoon, they serve piano background tea from 17 h. to 19:30 h.

Just in front stands the Prado Museum, open sice 1819. Among its treasures, the highlights are The Meninas from Velázquez, Majas from Goya, or the Garden of Earthly Delights from Bosch, and paintings from masters of art such as TizianoRubens or El Greco.

On 2012, a replica from  Leonardo´s Gioconda, painted by one his favourites pupils, probably Andre Salai or Francesco Melzi, was found in the warehouse of the museum, and is now on show.

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2.Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum 

This museum is the perfect nexus in between the classic paintings of Prado Museum and the contemporary ones in Queen Sofía Center of Art. Here you can visit one of the world´s most important private collections, which takes you from the XIII Century western art to the modern movements of XIX and XX centuries. The highlights of the Thyssen´s are their impresionist, avant-garde and pop-art icons, including names such as Monet, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Klee o Kandinsky amongst others.

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3. Caixaforum

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At this point of the route is necesssary a stop along the way to regain strength, and no where better than The Westin Palace Hotel on the number 7 of plaza de Las Cortes. A tea with biscuits or a ritual Jing tea under its glass dome is almost compulsory to face the last part of the route with lots of energy.

Next stop is the multi art space of CaixaForum Madrid, a vivid center where modern and antique art join hands with music, poetry, multimedia art and actual debates on arts and social affairs. The building where it stands was in its days The Noon Electric Central. Rebuilt now by Herzog & De Meuron architects studio, it has became one of Madrid´s modern architecture icons, whith its vertical garden as a delight for walkers.

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4.Queen Sofia National Museum and Centre of Art

For contemporary art lovers Queen Sofia Center of Art is the place to go. Here you can fnd the Guernika, the most universal painting from Pablo Picasso. Also Miró, Dalí, Tàpies, Juan Gris or Chillida, amongst others, contribute to the renown of this Collection, which is home for more than 16.200 artworks, including paintings, sculpture, installations, video art and some pieces of decorative art.

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The devolepment of the museum is signed by the celebrated arquitect Jean Nouvel.

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Flamenco Route

In the heart of Madrid, between the areas of Huertas and Lavapiés, you can find what experts call the Golden Mile of Flamenco. And they do so, because only in a few streets we can find the best flamenco school of the world, places to attend live flamenco shows, and the bests shops to come out with a complete flamenco outfit.

Our recommendation is that you begin belong , La Taberna del Chato (Cruz, 8). Pleasant tavern with an amazing counter, a place with high tables and a cozy dining-room with vintage furniture where you can try a great variety of snacks with affordable prices. The Speciality of the tavern are the snacks served in a small vase, “chatos” which gives the name to the tavern.

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In Don Flamenco (Calle León 17) you can see their tailor-made shoes, and maybe order a pair if you feel like tapping after this route.

Once we have seen it, we turn left in the next street, and then right into Calle Amor de Dios. In this street we have two stops, the first is Desplante Flamenco (Calle Amor de Dios 11) a nice shop, where we can buy colorful and modern design flamenco dresses.

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Right next to it, we find Pedro de Miguel guitar shop (Calle Amor de Dios 13). Just entering we notice by the smell that this isn´t a simple shop. Behind the courtain is the workshops where Pedro builts artisan guitars, that are worldwide renowned. In the pictures in the wall you can see a hall of the fame of flamenco and international musicians, that have one of Pedro´s guitars. Amaze to see that Supertramp has also been here!

To end we propose a dinner in an old house food of Barrrio de las Letras, El Diario (Huertas 69).

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Inaugurado en 1879 es una auténtica casa de comidas castiza de aire bohemio donde destaca la gastronomía clásica española. Una cocina llena de sabor y sensaciones para comer a cualquier hora del día raciones, canapés o platos para compartir.

Para terminar el día, nada mejor que unos buenos brindis en La Cartuja (Calle de la Cruz 10), un local legendario de la noche madrileña con un característico estilo andaluz donde disfrutar de un ambiente joven y amable donde bailar a ritmo de los grandes éxitos de hoy y siempre.

Special Cocktails in Manama

This is the perfect place to start the night where you want to see and be seen. At the start of the night it is courtesy of the place to offer some refreshing fruit skewers as the start of what is going to be a special night, where the coktails are the stars: mojitos, caipirinhas, pina colada or the startling strawberry daiquiri.

Are you in?

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