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Today 8th of March is the International Women’s Day and we would like to talk about some very important and influential women of Madrid who forged the way for women today. Some of them are not visible in the first place but we literally topped ourselves with one of them when strolling in the famous Malasaña district, namely in the form of a bronze sculpture that represents a young woman leaning on the wall; this statue is located at the end of the street “Calle del Pez, 42” When we discovered her we didn’t think we would be taken back a couple of centuries to a legend. The statue “Tras

Parks of Madrid: In Madrid we have an urban park – the “Quinta de los Molinos“ – that has nothing to envy to the famous “cherry blossoms” of Japan. This is one of many very special parks of Madrid. Between February and March, this old park is one of the favourite places for many Madrilenians to go for a stroll.  This is due to the natural spectacle that Quinta de los Molinos offers thanks to the many almond trees in bloom. The ground is transformed into a carpet of pink and white petals which is a real treat also for the children. The pleasant and magical atmosphere makes you forget

Carnival in Madrid Although the big Carnival festivities have been cancelled this year for Carnival (12th-17th February), there are still some smaller activities programmed in the different districts of Madrid, like a masks workshop, a “journey to Brazil”, Goyaesque dances and much more. So it is still worth coming to Madrid, it has a lot to offer. Visit this link for some ideas: https://www.madridcultura.es/actividad/carnavales We at Trixi.com would like to share with you how some of the bigger traditions are celebrated in Madrid during Carnival so that you can imagine a little bit the atmosphere. Some of them are really unique to the Spanish culture. So, let’s feel the liveliness

La Violeta In contrast to this melancholic song by Prince, “La Violeta” has been sweetening the world with its purple sweets for more than 105 years. This shop is very near to our Trixi bike shop and as we write the blog we get to know more and more hidden corners of this vibrant city that is Madrid. We would like to share these discoveries with you. La Violeta is a family business that was established in 1915 La Violeta is a family business that was established in 1915 by the couple “Gil” and it is located in Plaza de Canalejas 6, in Madrid. Since then, the shop has kept

Cocido madrileño If you plan to visit the Spanish capital during the winter months, what better than to try one of the most representative dishes of its gastronomy: the “cocido madrileño”. It is one of those powerful dishes that warms you up inside, comforts you and reminds you of that good meal at mum’s house. It simply makes you happy! The cocido madrileño is a stew whose main ingredients are chickpeas, various vegetables, meat, bacon and some sausage. It has humble origins and was initially eaten by the lower classes. It reached the upper classes thanks to its presence on restaurant menus. It is a star dish not only in

“The Heavies of the Gran Vía” – revolutionary or freaky? When we opened our Trixi bike rental and bike tour shop on Calle de los Jardines, just a few steps from the Gran Vía, one of the main streets of Madrid, we already started to come across the The Heavies of the Gran Vía. At first we didn’t understand much about it… Who were those two guys with long hair and the look of a heavy metal festival? Why were they always in the same place under the number 25 Gran Via? Why did people stop, chat with them and take souvenir photos… ? Little by little we started to

Snow in Madrid – Storm Filomena 2021 Although the heavy snow in Madrid and the low temperatures had been announced, Madrid and Spain in general are not prepared for such hard weather conditions. Between the 8th and 9th of January 2021 about 50cm of snow fell onto Madrid’s streets and temperatures plumed to almost 10 degrees below zero. It is said that it is the heaviest snowfall since 1971. Filomena brought great joy to many Madrileños and especially to the children who enjoyed the snowball fights and not having to go to school for another week. Ski fans who were not allowed to leave Madrid to enjoy skiing in the

Three Holy Kings It is still Christmas in Madrid: Who are the Wise Men ? While in most of Europe people and mainly the children are looking forward to Christmas on the 24th or 25th of December, in Spain and in Southamerica the children can’t wait to see the “Three Wise Men” / “Three Holy Kings”. Actually, in Spanish it sounds much more magic, as the “Reyes Magos” – if you translate the words one to one – mean “the Magic Kings”. Doesn’t it sound much more promising then someone being wise? Who wants wisdom when we can have magic? In Madrid, as in the whole of Spain, the “Reyes

New Year in Spain – Why do Spaniards end the year with a bowl full of grapes in their hands? The Spanish tradition says that in order to have 12 months of good luck in the New Year you have to eat 12 grapes at exactly 12 o’clock on the night of the 31st of December; also, it is important to eat one grape at the time with the sound of each midnight bell. Therefore, it is recommendable to buy small grapes and to be careful not to choke because we have heard of some disasters…. Where does this curious tradition come from that every year plants us in front

Happy Christmas in Madrid: Before the year ends we would like to share with you one of the most popular events in Spain that takes place just before Christmas: “El Gordo” (“the fat one”), the great Christmas lottery on the 22nd of December. What is so special about this lottery? It is time to celebrate, to share with friends and families, to hope and to take a rest from the hard year. For this reason people try their chance and want to participate. They either buy a full set of 10 lottery tickets for 200 € or just one for 20 €, called “a décimo”. The matter is to participate

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