Gay Pride Takes Over Madrid, London, Berlin and New York

Gay Pride Takes Over Madrid, London, Berlin and New York

Pride Parades for the LGBT community (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual) are held annually around June 28th, commemorating the date of the 1969 Stonewall riots, a key moment that marked the start of this social movement. Pride parades are public events celebrating tolerance and equality for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals. When the 28th falls on a Sunday, the parade is usually scheduled for the previous or following Saturday, as is the case of cities like Berlin and London that will celebrate their Pride parades on June 27th; or cities like Madrid, where the celebrations won’t begin until July 1st through 5th. Gay pride is a multi-ethnical and cultural celebration open to everyone; an accurate reflection of the diversity of our modern-day society. Are you ready to partake in one of the biggest events of the year? Madrid Over 500 businesses in Madrid cater to LGTB audiences, making Madrid Pride (held the first Saturday in July) one of the largest in Europe. It was awarded MTV’s Best Annual Gay Destination Event in 2009 and in 2010. The party kicks off at 6:30pm on July 4th, with several musical performances in Plaza de Colón, among them many acclaimed DJs, and then the parade itself. Good vibes in the Spanish capital, all doused with activism and music, making it the perfect combination for a party that will live long in your memory. But a little rest is always welcome after an partying. Discover our Madrid apartments and live this fiesta like a true local.   London London’s Gay Pride, to be held on June 27th, is the biggest one in Europe,...
Champions League Final in Berlin

Champions League Final in Berlin

The 2015 Champions League final will be held in Berlin this coming June 6th, pitting Barcelona and Juventus FC up against each other in what will no doubt be a titanic clash of styles; the touch of the Blaugrana against that that of the Vecchia Signora. A dizzying array of soccer stars face to face in one of the most important matches of the year: Neymar, Messi, Iniesta, Buffon, Pirlo, Pogba… Who among them will seal the fate of this final? And here is our survival guide for those of you traveling to the German capital to support their team… At the Airport: If landing at any of Berlin’s airports (Berlin-Schönefeld or Berlin-Tegel), you’ll be wanting to get downtown nearby the Olympic Stadium as soon as possible, which is most possibly also the area you’ll be staying at. If you are landing at Berlin-Tegel airport, don’t bother trying to find a train- the city center is a mere 8km ride away, and your only options are buses or cabs. If you are landing at Berlin-Schönefeld, your choices will include trains, buses, or cabs. Transport: The easiest way to get to the stadium is to take the S-Bahn or U-Bahn train, although you could also get there by bus. Berlin’s public transport network is exceptional; there’s no way you can go wrong! Your Apartment: A bit of rest before giving your team your all never hurt anyone. Have you had a look at our Berlin apartments? You’ll feel right at home. Time to Eat: Forget your everyday grub! Berlin is the place for wurst, potatoes and sauerkraut. And all that...
AC/DC in Barcelona and Madrid: Rock and Metal Pub Crawl

AC/DC in Barcelona and Madrid: Rock and Metal Pub Crawl

The legendary hard rock band, AC/DC is coming back to Spain. The Australian band will present their new album, Rock or Bust, which has debuted at number 1 on the charts of 10 countries, namely Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland, Finland, France, Norway, Sweden, and Germany. In the latter, it also became the fastest-selling international album in almost ten years. The last time AC/DC came to Spain was back in 2009, at which time they played five concerts in the country, three in indoor venues in Bilbao, Madrid and Barcelona, and right before summer, they announced another two gigs in outdoor arenas that took place at the Montjuic Olympic Stadium and at the Vicente Calderon Stadium. The tour will feature the awaited return of Chris Slade on the drums. Catch them at Barcelona’s Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium this coming May 29th, or at Madrid’s Vicente Calderón Stadium on May 31st and June 2nd. We’d like to recommend some local rock venues so you can party on with the metal crowd. Rock on! In Barcelona Bollocks Rock Bar The Bollocks Rock Bar is a well decorated rock bar. It combines very affordable beer with a selection of music that takes one back to the Guns’n’Roses years. You’ll find a mannequin of Iron Maiden’s Eddie sat at the toilet hanging on the wall. It is never quiet at The Bollocks, and you are better off making a reservation if you want to find a table. Valhalla Club de Rock Barcelona’s Valhalla Club de Rock is a rock club in the Ciutat Vella, the part of town with the highest density of...
What You Didn’t Know About the French Open

What You Didn’t Know About the French Open

The French Open or Roland Garros started out in 1891 as a national tournament, until in 1925 it opened its doors to foreign players and became Les internationaux de France de Tennis. That same year marked the 114th edition of the popular French tournament at Porte d’Auteuil, from May 19th to June 7th. Here are some anecdotes of the history of the tournament… The Beginning of the Open Era The Open Era, the period in contemporary tennis that opened its doors to both professionals and amateurs, began in 1968 in Paris, two months before the birth of the French Open. This international act was signed in the private rooms of the Automobile Club de France, in the Place de la Concorde. Roland Garros was the first Grand Slam tournament to become an Open, in May 1968, in the midst of the Paris student riots. Roland Garros, who are you? Roland Garros is not a tennis player from the 30’s. The world’s best known clay court tournament is named after an aviation pioneer missing in action in 1918, at the age of 30. He is known for his feats and specially for being the first person to cross the Mediterranean Sea by air on September 23rd, 1913. The tournament was named after him in 1928.   Roland Garros and History The Stade Roland Garros has not always been synonymous with entertainment and sports. It was confiscated towards the end of 1939 and during WWII to serve as a detention center working hand in hand with the Santé Prison and the Vel ‘d’Hiv Roundup.   André Agassi’s Wig When it came...
Curiosities of the Cannes Film Festival

Curiosities of the Cannes Film Festival

This year is the 68th edition of the Festival. And for the first time in its history, there will not be one president of the jury but two, the Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan, who were awarded the Palme d’Or in 1991. The Coen brothers are part of the history of cinema with Joel as director, Ethan as producer, and both brothers as screenwriters. In addition, 2015 marks the 120th anniversary of the invention of cinema by the Lumière brothers. The festival renders tribute to all brothers whose work has served to enrich the history of cinema. Besides the Coen brothers, other recipients of the Palme d’Or include the Taviani brothers in 1977, and the Dardenne brothers in 1999 and 2005. 1854 films were submitted to this edition of the festival, of which only 49 make up the festival’s official selection. The glamorous Cannes Film Festival has opened the door to great movie talents, and is considered a springboard to new fashion and social behavior trends. Over the years we’ve witnessed polemical, extravagant, and rebellious acts that are part of the legacy of the most prominent festival in the history of cinema. Let’s revisit some of the moments that marked the Cannes Film Festival: Borat’s Mankini Who could ever forget Sacha Baron Cohen’s 2007 walk down the red carpet in a mankini not unlike the one sported by the protagonist of his movie, Borat. He strolled around the city dressed in his extravagant one-piece swimsuit, and tried to lie on beachgoers. Claudia Cardinale’s Cheetah In 1963, Italian actress Claudia Cardinale let herself be seen in the company of a...