Côte d’Azur trip

Hi!! How was your week?
Today a summary of our trip through the South of France, the Côte d’Azur. We spent five days visiting beautiful towns, beaches and mountains. We started the trip by plane from Madrid to Marseille where we rented a car and continued to the region of St. Tropez.

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Picture of Old Port of Marseille from the plane.
Marseille, the second largest city in France, is the most important commercial port of Provence, France and the Mediterranean, and is the third largest port in Europe.
The route starts in Ramatuelle with its many stunning vineyards such as Domaine La Rouillère.

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We also came across this windmill near Ramatuelle from the eighteenth century.

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Pampelonne  beach

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View from the mountain down to the sea.

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The next day we went to the small village of Port Grimaud, the Venice of the French Riviera.

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St.Tropez, one of the most famous resorts of the French Riviera.

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The old port of St. Tropez, great for a walk at night and to have an aperitif in one of the cafés located in front of the yachts, a classic being Senequier.

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Luxury in abundance but also traditional places where you dine well at a reasonable price. We peeked into the kitchen of this Italian restaurant that makes all their pastas by hand.

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The streets are charming around the square near to the port and there is a famous market on Sunday morning on La Place des Lices where they sell food and clothing items.

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After visiting the market stop by Le Cafe for lunch.

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Sanary “Ville fleurie”

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Cassis owes its name to a mulberry-like plant that produces a distinctive liquor, used in the classic Kir.

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And if you do not have vertigo you must drive from Cassis along the legendary corniches that span in both directions along the coast. The views are spectacular.

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A highly recommended trip, five days is enough time to visit the highlights of this beautiful region.
Have you been there? Contact us for more tips or recommendations.

Desigual presents their Autumn-Winter 2015 collection

Desigual presents their Autumn-Winter 2015 collection at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Madrid.

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Over a bare catwalk Desigual started the fashion week in Madrid surprising guests with their innovative proposals.

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Accessories like colorful hats bring an original touch to the look.

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Desigual once more shows a young and carefree spirit.

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A fun style with new forms and materials through a proposal with earth tones, green, lilac and burgundy.

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A very colorful collection, not suitable for monochrome lovers.

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The model Winnie Harlow, the image of the brand for this season, was the star of the catwalk, opening and closing the parade.

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The final carousel was unconventional as models came out dancing to the rhythm of Taylor Swift’s Shake it Off.

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Makeup workshop Couvrance Color Corrector

A few days ago we attended a makeup workshop at Avéne Dermatological Laboratories in Madrid.

Although we already knew this brand and we used the products we wanted to listen to some make-up tricks from Joelle Noni, Avene’s official makeup Couvrance expert.

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All Avene’s products incorporate spring water, are hypoallergenic, and free of fragrance, parabens and preservatives.

 

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The make up steps are:

1 Hygiene

2 Hydration

3 Correct and neutralize

In this post we are going to talk about step 3, correct and unify the tone.

 

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First we should apply with fingertips giving little touches the Stick Concealer.

 

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Yellow (SPF 20) neutralizes bluestick-corrector-verde-couvrance

 

 

 

Green (SPF 20) neutralizes red and yellow to blue

 

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To better cover skin blemishes and dark coral tone (SPF30)

 

Compact creams

Apply to face with the sponge from the center outward for a more natural, or apply to hints. High opacity.

 

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Liquid foundation

Moderate covering power.

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Apply a small amount of liquid foundation on fingertips and depositing touches all over the face.

The fluids applied by makeup sponge, compact yet not wet, and apply in a circular motion.

 

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Corrector Brushes (oil free)

Correct and lighten, beige concealer brush and apply directly after make-up brush on dark circles, small scars and shade to illuminate the face.

Blur performing pat with your finger. The Illuminator brush can be cleaned with alcohol.

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Complete the make-up

Apply mosaic powder with the brush upwards in the opposite direction of the hair to set make-up and give color to the complexion. Available in three shades: Translucent, Illuminating or Tan. It can also be used as eye shadow.

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Profiler Duo for very moisturizing lips, light pink and red gloss.

Sharpen the lip contour starting in the middle with the fine tip of the pencil.

Draw zones that must be corrected filling the inside of the lip. Then apply a thick pencil tip from the center of the mouth to the outside.

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Apply Eyebrow Pencil concealer with small strokes and blend with the brush nozzle.

External point of the nostril and inner corner of the eye.

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External point of the nostril and extreme corner of the eye.

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The last step is to accentuate the look with Mascara high tolerance, enhances curve and separates.

 

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The Second Tour of Healthy Tapas in Pueblo Nuevo

The Rueca Association, in collaboration with Madrid Health, Cervezamastapapormadrid and Sagra Beer are organizing the a tour of healthy tapas in the Pueblo Nuevo neighborhood from May 29 to 31.

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At the twelve participating establishments, a beer with a plate of tapas will be offered for 2.50 euros. Also, after gathering vouchers from four of the tapas bars, participants can enter a drawing for an Ipad and cases of Sagra beer.

 

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Participating bars:
Alberche, Bar Rachel, Bar SM, Casa Paqui, Cervecería Lineal, El 71 de Cetina, El Mesón de Almudena, El Mirador de Candeleda, Rulo, Los Toros y Solana.
The fundamental objectives that the organizers are proposing are:
– Strengthening the relationship between neighborhood bars.
– Promoting the creating of healthy tapas.
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DIY Show

The International Exhibition DO IT YOURSELF took place in Madrid March 21 to 23 at Neptune Palace (C/ Cervantes, 42).

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Many designers and creators participated in the fair, displaying their handmade collections. Organized activities were offered like cooking, embroidery, costume design, headpiece decoration, custom stamps, jewelry, flowers etc.

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In addition, classes were offered on different subjects including life coaching and Workshop 3.0 for bloggers.

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The price for the classes was from 5 to 20 euros per person.

Here are some pictures from our visit to the fair:

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Madrid, tourist friendly

Madrid is one of Europe’s five most visited cities along with London, Paris, Rome and Berlin.
 
The average spending per tourist is 158 euros per day, the average length of stay has increased and is less affected by seasonality.
 
Bloom Consulting has created the “Country Brand Ranking”. Spain is the European country most searched on the Internet as a possible tourist destination and fourth as a possible investment destination.
The most common internet searches by tourists include heritage sites, beaches and golf destinations.
After Spain, tourists search for information about Germany, France and the UK. In addition to Spain, Investors search for information on UK, France and Germany.
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PLANS FOR THE WEEKEND

Hi everyone,

Here are some suggestions from Friendly Madrid for weekend plans if you are in Madrid.

Starting with markets for charity like the Carmen Lomana market that donates her clothes and the procedes of the event goes to local soup kitchens. Moda Shopping Center this Saturday, Sept. 7 at 11 – 21h. At the corner of Paseo de la Castellana 95.

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Molly Market supports talent development in design, art, decoration, music, fashion and gastronomy. From Dec. 7th at 11am to Sunday Dec. 8th at 3pm in COAM Calle Hortaleza, 63. Here you can find original presents for the holidays and support small shops and local artesans. Besides the exhibitors, Molly Market dedicates a booth to charity. This year the market has collaborated with the charity Saharaui Aminetu Haidar, the Madrid food aid, and Isabel Gemio Foundation.

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Fernando Alonso Collection. An exhibition of the sporting career of the double world champion of Formula 1. Find trophees, karts, cars and other objects from the private collection of Fernando Alonso. Until the 5th of January the exhibition will be at the Canal Art Center. Workshops and education activites are also offered. Monday to Thursday from 10am to 9pm. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 10am to 10pm. General entrance price 7 euros and reduced price 3,5euros.

 

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Terry O’ Neill The face of legends. An exhibition of 62 images in black and white of music groups like the Beatles, Rolling Stones, actors and models. At the Telefonica Foundation until January 12th. Second floor. Free entrance.

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Stop to eat at the Galician Shellfish Fair in the old Madrid North train station (Príncipe Pío) next to San Vicente, until Sunday, Dec. 8th. Open from 12pm to 4:30pm and from 7:30pm to midnight, free entrance.

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Finally an activity for children. Dabadum, Children’s and Family fair.In the Ifema fairgrounds until December 8th. A large covered space to enjoy with the family. Offering shows and educational activities. For families with children up to 12 years old. Family pass 25 euros, individual entry 8 euros.

 

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Museums and exhibitions in Madrid

These are the distinguished exhibitions from Friendly Madrid for the next days in Madrid.

At Museo Nacional del Prado we can see:

  • Natural Histories. A project by Miguel Angel Blanco ( Until April 27, 2014).

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  • Evil Vanishes, Egusquiza and Wagner’s Parsifal (Until September 7, 2014).

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  • Roma in your pocket. Sketchbooks and artistic learning in the XVIII Century (Until January 19, 2014).

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  • Velázquez and the family of Philip IV (Until February 9, 2014).

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Museo Thyssen- Bornemisza:

  • Surrealism and the Dream (Until January 12, 2014).

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Fundación Mapfre:

  • Machiaioli 1850-1874. Impressionist Realism in Italy (Until January 5, 2014).

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  • Contemporary Spain. Photography, Painting and Fashion (Until January 5, 2014).

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  • Georges Méliés. The magic of cinema (Until December 8, 2013).

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  • The fascination for Japanese art (Until February 16, 2014).

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Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia:

  • The hinge between the 1970s and 1980s (Until May 18, 2014).

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  • Between late modernism and globalization: artistic practices during the 80s and 90s (Until January 5, 2014).

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  • Chris Killip Trabajo/Work (Until February 24, 2014).

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NEW RESTAURANTS IN MADRID

Today Friendly Madrid presents the newest most exciting restaurants in Madrid.

Dray Martina

C/ Argensola, 7. Tel for booking: 910810056. martina@draymartina.com

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A beautiful restocafé, cozy and cute place to have a coffee, have lunch or dinner with friends. Simple but flavorfull food.

We recommend the goat chease Shell with figs, carmelized onion, rocket, natural artichokes cooked on the grill with mango vinagrette, the hamburger with brie, shallots, and fresh greens. For dessert, try to the Apple crumble with ice cream.

 

La Maruca

 C/  Velázquez, 54 Tel. for booking: 917 81 49 69 restaurante@restaurantelamaruca.com

 

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A Cantabrian restaurant  from the same owner as Cañadío in Santander. A beautiful modern and elegant space. The restaurant has a small terrace beside the entrance.

Quality dishes at reasonable prices: octupus, salad, cut meats, shrimp with garlic, steak tartar, foie in terrine, marinera clams, and well well presented fish.

If you go, make sure to try the Santoña anchovies with grilled peppers, cod dumpings and hake with potato cream sauce.

Don’t forget to book in advance!