I have to speak about Mr.Ortega as I respect and admire him so much. Not only about how brainy he is a bussines man but how he decides to spend his fortune doing a donation to a Spanish Charity Organization of 8.5 MM euros.
The amount will be divided into two different project inside the same Organization, calles CARITAS, and I am totally confidence that Mr.Amancio Ortega will have a great performance on it!!!!
Just a few Kilometers away from Madrid and heading to Toledo, in the small village of Illescas, we find El Bohio. This is a thrid generation restaurant that has became so popular recently due to the hard job of Pepe Rodriguez, with one Michelin Star, and as super visible star in the “MASTERCHEF” Show in Spanish TV.
El Bohio offers a very delicate food mixing the typical ingredients in the area around and so many special touches that give to the restaurant its fame across the World nowdays.
It is just 30 minutes from Toledo or from Madrid (half way) and could be an interesting option for those who wish to enjoy a food experience much higher than standards.
One “must” conversation topic duting my tours is “What cad n I buy here that I cannot find anywhere else?”. My answers are always the same: marzipan, damascening and damascus steel kitchen knives?
What does Damascus Steel consist of?
Damascus Steel is not about the steel origin by itself but about the knife consruction technique, and it consists of a process to integrate a multilayer blade onto the knife. This blade contains, in the case of Toledo, up 70 layers of steel. So the resut is a very hard a durable knife, and if you give right care dont need to sharp in years.
One my favourites places in Spain is TORREMOLINOS in the province of Malaga. I use to spend my summer holidays in the beach and for me no better place than this. I am spending a winter break here and nicely surprised about the street lighting.
I have had the pleasure of visiting this exhibition today. Playing with my into video games from the year 1975 I had very strange feelings and at the same time very deep. It is amazing to see how technology has change so much but at the end is always the same.
One more year I have taken this special photo in Toledo. We are located under the Statue of Queen Isabela, the one who organise the expulsion of the Jews from Castille and Aragon in 1492. In the background, the Munincipality of Toledo hang the Holidays Lightning, but in this case, they put a Chanukiah as we are inside the Jewish Quarter, and I am just “asking” the Queen to twist head a little bit and look at the Chanukah Candle!!!!
Yesterday, I had the pleaaure to attend the presentation of the last Book of Jacobo Israel Garzon. Jacobo has been President of Jewish Community of Madrid and Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain. Nowdays retired and playing as active historian of the Jewish steps in Spain, Jacobo writes with a simplicity and clearness that makes his history book very easy going for readers; at the same time he brings enormous historical rigor in his job that makes a learning experience during the reading.
I have just started a few pages yesterday but I am really anxiuous to dive on it; specially across a few appedinxes with a personal research job of Mr.Garzon going so deep into the History of the Jews in Spain.
In several opportunities I have said to my visitors that my policy consists of not having customers; I just have visitors or friends. When you decide to come back to Spain and call me again, that means something and that´s why I love my job and respect you all so much.
So, Nir and friends were in Madrid las week to see Atletico de Madrid vs Barcelona and we spent a different day in the Mountains of Madrid and having a special lunch into a special place!!!