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Madrid: Museum of the Almudena Cathedral, The Treasury

Too good to give up?

You are NOT supposed to take photos in the Treasury at the Museum of the Almudena Cathedral.

But I couldn’t help taking a sneak pic of these beautiful pearl and diamond brooches. One shot was all it took to get the guards running and I wasn’t able to take any more. But a little telling off was worth it to be able to bring you this picture and this story.

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Madrid glossed over

A Load of Bull: an Englishman’s adventures in Madrid by Tim Parfitt

Its the late 1980’s. Publishing giant Vogue aims to launch in Spain. With six weeks to go, and production dangerously behind schedule, a young and naive Tim Parfitt is sent from London to Madrid to get things back on track.

Fighting culture shock, lousy bedsits and haphazard mealtimes, Tim saves the day. The Spanish don’t want him to leave. Six weeks turns into nine years of intensive Spanish lessons, serial flathunting and massaging the egos of the rich and famous, all distilled into this slim volume. Read more…