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Archive for January, 2011

New Year’s Resolution

Friday, January 7, 2011

Switching it up in 2011.

Adios! Adeus!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Anytime Rangers have completed their mission here in the Iberian Peninsula.  Adios!  Adeus!


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Here is a sample of all the yumminess in Spain and Portugal.  You can never have too much olive oil, bread and wine!

Cellphone video collage

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Here is a little collage of our trip seen through a cellphone. Enjoy!


Monday, January 3, 2011

We luckily bumped into Antonio Lopez‘ sculptures Noche y Dia at Atocha train station while waiting to be picked up by Juan’s tios.  These huge and heavy sculptures were inspired by one of Lopez’ granddaughters.  Although we didn’t spend too much time at Atocha, there is a temperature-controlled garden full of palm trees (designed by Rafael Moneo…same guy who did Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in LA!) inside.  It was freezing outside, but inside you feel like it could be summer.

Fortunately we got FOCA friend Bob Myers’ top galleries in Madrid list in time… because there we were at Galeria Marlborough standing in front of yet another one of Lopez’ large baby heads Carmen Dormida, and some smaller ones too.

While walking around the gallery, we noticed and loved this painting called Anillo by Spanish artist Juan Genoves.  His work plays with the static movement in painting.  From a distance the painting looks like it’s full of little dots, but as you get closer you will find detailed people walking around.  His theme of “the crowd” is apparent in his most recent paintings.

Arquitectura en Madrid

Monday, January 3, 2011

Spanish architect Francisco Javier Saenz de Oiza built these dramatic apartments, Torres Blancas, in 1968.  They are no longer “blancas” but they are still an expressive and distinctive modern landmark of Madrid’s Avenida de America.

The Torres KIO in Plaza Castilla are the modern leaning towers also known as Puerta de Europa, the gateway to Europe.  Built in 1989 by American architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee, these towers are featured in one of our favorite movies by Alex de la Iglesia, El Dia de la Bestia.

The whole world is looking at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu now that Spain has won the last World Cup.  Madeover by Lamela Architects, Real Madrid’s fans are giddy with delight!  We mostly saw men having their wives/girlfriends take pictures of them in front of the stadium.

New York’s World Trade Center architect Minoru Yamasaki was the original designer of the Torre Picasso…but then he died.  So it was completed by Alas Casariego.   Up until 2007 it was Spain’s tallest building.

The BBVA building at Nuevos Ministerios, designed by Saenz Oiza (architect of Torres Blancas), is a beautiful steel and glass structure which is atop a rail tunnel.  As you get closer to the building, you notice the rusted steel and aluminum parasols on each floor that give the building its character.

The Faro de la Moncloa, built in 1992 by Salvador Perez, is 92 meters high.  I’m sure there are spectacular views from the top… but it’s been closed since 2005.   Come on Madrid, get with it!!!  Anyway, it’s so spacey and futuristic… a perfect place for the Anytime Rangers!

We loved this one-armed bench.

We are not sure what is inside this building, but we love how the old and new Madrid meet and live together side by side.

Cine Dore, operated by the Filmoteca Nacional Espanola, is one of Madrid’s original cinemas.  I used to go to this cinema so that I could see movies in their original language versions (dubbed Woody Allen is just weird).  But what is also really cool is the art nouveau cafe, full of artsy intellectuals drinking coffee while having a post-movie chat.

The Hotel Puerta America has its good and its bad.  The building itself is definitely not on the ‘good’ list and the whole concept behind the hotel is pretty ambitious (a collection of 19 top international architects and designers all showcasing their acts under one roof).  But we did bump into some interesting parts of the hotel, such as John Pawson‘s lobby (however, whoever added all the christmas decorations really messed up the beauty of Pawson’s minimalist structure), Marc Newson‘s bar and Christian Liaigre’s restaurant.  Unfortunately the hotel could not take us to see Zaha Hadid‘s all white first floor rooms.

Itadakimas en Malasana!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Shoko, who plays violin for the orchestra of the Teatro Real in Madrid, had her annual Japanese New Year luncheon at her flat in Malasana.  It was interesting to learn about the Japanese community in Spain.  They all keep their customs and traditions, but mix them nicely with their Spanish ones.  For example, we ate this delicious Japanese meal, but drank Rioja rather than sake.  And very much like the Spanish, lunch started at 3pm and took hours to eat.  It was perfect!

Pasteis de nata, pasteles, bolos, bollos, roscon, mantecados, polvorones, turron…

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Being in Spain and Portugal during the holidays is very dangerous.  We stocked up on pasteis de nata at Pasteis de Belem and ate roscon way before the 3 kings were even close to their final destination.  Of course un cafe con leche or uma bica is always the best match for these tasty treats.

Let’s drink to the new year!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Feliz Ano Novo!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Feliz 2011 de seus amigos em Lisboa!