A closer look at chaos at the Caixa Forum

Photo via lacaixa.es

Photo via lacaixa.es

From now until May 19th, the exhibition “ Maestros de Caos: Artistas y Chamanes” is on display at the Caixa Forum. The exhibition looks at artistic pieces to help understand how man has often challenged the order of society, causing chaos. Included in the collection are altars, sculptures and paintings from festivals and rituals that represent three main ideas:

  1. Imperfect order
  2. The dominance of disorder
  3. The catharsis of the soul

This exhibit also examines how despite the presence of various gods, cultures and theologies, the presence of evil and degradation of societies still occurred.  In this collection, there is particular attention given to the role of Shamans, as they have often been perceived as essential in the pursuit of social harmony. There are also some contemporary art pieces in the collection that take a closer look at more recent political uprisings.

Where: Caixa Forum located at Paseo del Prado, 36

Metro: Atocha

When: Now until May 19, 2013

Hours: Monday to Sunday from 10am until 8pm

Free admission

 

 

 

Celicioso is Delicioso!

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Step inside Celicioso and prepare to be pleasantly surprised. This small bakery is a nice quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of nearby Gran Via. Celicioso is known for its delicious desserts, but the biggest surprise is that all of their menu items are gluten-free! Each day, you’ll find baked goods, freshly prepared salads, lasagna and even beer.

The owner of this cafe, Santi, understands all too well the challenges of having a gluten-free diet. In 2010, at the age of 23, he was was diagnosed with Celiac disease and shortly after, decided to open up Celicioso.

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Not only do people with a gluten allergy now have a place to go to get special treats, but everything here is actually really good! We’d highly recommend that you try any of their desserts, but especially the tiramisu, it might just be the best you’ve ever had! No wonder it’s consistently ranked in the top cafes in Madrid!

Where: Calle Hortaleza, 3 (Metro Gran Via)

Store Hours: Monday to Friday from 10:30am – 9:30pm

Saturdays from 11am-9:20pm

Sundays and Holidays from noon to 8pm

Telephone Number: 91 531 88 87

Celebrating Mother’s Day in Madrid

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Next Sunday, May 5th is Mother’s Day in Spain and rain or shine, we’ve got  plenty of activities available this weekend to make her day special! Check out our list of top ways to celebrate Mother’s Day in Madrid:

Enjoy one of Madrid’s many great museums. From the classic art at El Prado, to the more contemporary artists at the Reina Sofia or smaller independent galleries, Madrid abounds with art museums to suit any artistic taste.

Ole! Take her to see a flamenco show at one of Madrid’s best venues.

If you want a truly unforgettable gift, splurge on brunch at the Rotonda Restaurant. This is no ordinary brunch- it is located inside the gorgeous Westin Palace Hotel and features a live opera performance.

Surprise her by planning a shopping trip.

Enjoy some tapas at the Mercado de San Miguel.

Treat her to a nice cup of tea and her favorite delicious dessert at Mama Framboise.

Skip cooking and enjoy a meal out- even if you have small children at one of our favorite family friendly restaurants in Madrid.

 

 

 

Diurno: Deli items and movie selection in the heart of Chueca

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Imagine a cross between your favorite cafe and a DVD rental shop. That is exactly what you will find when you step into Diurno. This café opened 8 years ago as a unique multifunctional space in the heart of Chueca and offers freshly made deli items, great cocktails and a DVD rental section.

As soon as you walk inside, you’ll notice the open, loft feel provided by the floor to ceiling windows. If you’re hungry, head to the refrigerated section where they have sandwiches, wraps and even hummus. Each day they offer a menu that you can have them pack up to go or they’ll heat them up for you to enjoy in-house. The best part about having a to-go section? The kitchen doesn’t close after lunch, making this a great option for those looking for a bite to eat outside traditional Spanish mealtimes.

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If you’re thirsty, head to the bar for a nice cup of coffee or even a quality cocktail. Here, they offer everything from mixed juices to a great mojito. Then, there is the DVD rental section-they have offer more than 6,300 DVDs to choose from! This is a great option if you live nearby as they constantly update their movie selection. Becoming a member of Diurno is fairly easy, you simply have to take in an official ID and pay the membership fee before you begin renting movies. Just about the only thing missing here is free Wi-Fi, but they do offer a pre-paid option at the bar.

Where: Calle de San Marcos, 37, 28004 (Metro stop Chueca)

Hours: Open Monday to Thursday from 9am to midnight

Thursdays from 9am to 1am

Fridays from 10am to 1am

Saturday and Sunday from 10am-midnight

Phone Number: 915 22 00 09

Enjoy Nature at Parque El Capricho

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Springtime is a wonderful time to be in Madrid. Flowers and trees are blossoming everywhere and the weather could not be better! If you’re looking for a great place to enjoy the best spring has in store, take the metro towards El Capricho Park.

The name El Capricho translates as “The Whim” and its history goes back to the 18th century when the Duke of Osuna purchased the land as a refuge from the city for his family. It was his wife, Maria Josefa Pimentel, Duchess of Osuna, who ultimately had the vision of blending elements from French, English and Italian gardens into her city-escape. Construction began in 1787 and sadly, was not complete until 1839, 5 years after the Duchess passed. Although the garden grounds stayed within the family for some time, eventually, it was passed onto the hands of the local government and served as the headquarters for the Central Army, but now serves as a public park.

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Among its many trees are almond trees and lilac bushes, which make for an incredibly colorful display in the springtime. There are also cascading roses, fountains and ruins of old buildings, including El Alberjo, a pavilion that was built to observe the behavior of bees. Whether you’re out for a romantic stroll with your loved one, or simply want a relaxing time at a gorgeous park, this is a park worth the trip!

Where: Paseo Alameda de Osuna, 25 (Metro stop El Capricho)

Hours:

October – March

Open on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 9am to 6:30pm

April-September

Open on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 9am to 9pm

Additional information:

Free of charge to visit

No pets or food allowed

Phone Number: +34 915 880 114