Friday, June 13, 2008

Madrid, Spain

My first Spanish swap and finally a card from the capital, Madrid.

Puerta del sol....with my poor Spanish this should mean something like 'the door of the sun'??!! or am i just ranting here?? well, i could get some translator online here, but i prefer to figure out things myself :)

Madrid is the capital and largest city in Spain, located on the river Manzanares. While Madrid possesses a modern infrastructure, it has preserved the look and feel of many of its historic neighborhoods and streets. Its landmarks include the huge Royal Palace of Madrid, The Royal Theatre with its restored 1850 Opera House, he imposing 19th-century National Library Building, and a number of museums.
For a change, ill skip the versions about the origin of the name of Madrid (dont ask why, please :))

Lets turn to the actual postcard instead.

The clock tower at Puerta del Sol is the heart of the city. At the foot of the building lies the "Km 0" sign, the center of the Spanish radial road system. Since 1909, the Spaniards traditionally eat twelve grapes on each New Year's midnight at the strikes of this bell.

(as far as i know, this is done in other Spanish speaking countries as well.....and they make a wish with each grape they eat....and i wonder if those wishes come true actually)

1 comment:

Martinha said...

Your spanish isn't that bad, and you're right, puerta del sol means door of the sun. The expression in portuguese isn't that diferent: porta do sol.
In Portugal we also eat 12 grapes as the clock strikes twelve on New Year's Eve..., well, i don't do that, i just don't like.

Have a nice weekend.