◙ Collectible Coins: American Revolutionary Coins Countermarked in Philippines

American Revolutionary Coins Countermarked in Philippines 

A collaboration of Marty Martinez

The circulation of the Philippines at the time of Spanish domination consisted of coin minted in other regions, mainly Potosi, Peru and Mexico, with the same denominations as in the rest of the colonies.

From the independence of the American colonies, there was a retraction in the circulating in this zone. For this reason should have appealed to a very curious policy: the reselling of currencies. Potosí, Peru and Mexico were alternated several times by Independents and Spaniards between 1810 and 1828.

1866 2 Pesos Isabel the Second by the Grace of God

1866 2 Pesos Isabel the Second by the Grace of God Philippine Resealed Coin

As a result, the independentist minted their own currencies (Potosi: Bolivia and Argentina), Lima (Peru) and Mexico. Apparently when the Spaniards occupied these places again, they also appropriated the new mints, some of which were sent to the Philippines by the Pacific route.  Thus, circulated from 1828 Peruvian independence coins, Mexican and Bolivian in Philippine, with the Spanish denominations.


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Madrid in Three Days: First Day

Three days in Madrid: First day

We arrived at the Adolfo Suarez Airport ( Madrid)  in a fligth of IBERIA, and took the Metro of Madrid (you can also take the commuter train with combinations) and arrived at the Sol station. We arrived at the hotel (3 blocks away) and then we prepared to walk the city.


Three days madrid Plaza Mayor
Madrid in Three Days: First Day

chocolateria san gines - Three days madrid

In Madrid There is a very old chocolate shop near there. A classic in Madrid. The Chocolateria San Gines. There you can order the classic chocolate with churros. a delight

What is the Chupinazo? – San Fermin 2019

Pamplona – San Fermin 2019 – Spain

Traveling is to reach a place and travel its streets, its landscapes and its monuments. But traveling to Pamplona – Spain – during the San Fermin festival is a unique experience.

The party begins on July 6 at noon, when the chupinazo (or Txupinazo) is launched from the Balcony of the City Council. An ocean of red handkerchiefs welcomes one of the most popular parties in the world between the 6th and the 14th of July.

Chupinazo - Txupinazo
Chupinazo – Txupinazo

What the hell is the Chupinazo?

It is the firing of a rocket from the City Hall by an authority, and the beginning of the party. But the good is not in this but in what happens in the square.

A lot of crowded people who can not move almost, start uncorking all kinds of drinks. And also to shout and celebrate. Much of the drink ends up in the clothes or on the floor. The crowd moves in waves. There is no place to stoop.

The experience is quite strong. Also for the time it is very hot so this cocktail is completed when from the balconies they throw buckets of water to the public.

San fermin 2019 - Chupinazo - Txupinazo


Tips for surviving a Chupinazo 

  • It can not be accessed with glass containers. You can get drinks like wine or champagne in plastic containers. Apart from this, the police control that it is carried out, for the safety of all.
  • The clothes to wear: White with a red handkerchief.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. Keep in mind that in the agglomeration the stomps are the rule.
  • Clothes that are worn will be discarded. Heat, sweat, alcocholicas drinks, buckets of water, food. All that and more will remain in the clothes. It’s a festive but wet climate
  • If you suffer the agglomerations do not even think of going. From noon until 2 PM it is almost suffocating.
  • If you have a camera or smartphone that is waterproof and better IP 69. Otherwise it will be destroyed
  • DO NOT go with children. It’s very dangerous
  • All the things that you want to carry like documents, money, credit cards, car keys, will invariably be lost. If you need to lose something this is the ideal place. If something falls it is lost. There is no possibility of collecting it.
  • Usually there can be some person or with some blows, although normally there are no injured of consideration
  • All people will enjoy and have fun. Respect and be respected

San fermin 2019 - Chupinazo - Txupinazo

San Fermin 2019

Every year thousands of people from all over the world come to Pamplona (Spain) to enjoy the San Fermin festival. It begins with the Txupinazo but in the days that follow there are many activities. The streets are filled with bands of music, people, rocks and all that is paralyzed at the time of  the Encierro (confinement).

San fermin 2019 - Encierro

 

The Encierro (confinement)

Between the slope of Santo Domingo and the alley that leads to the bullring, this show takes place. It lasts no more than five minutes and the route is half a mile (800 meters). Every day at eight in the morning there is a Encierro

The Encierro (confinement) consists of carrying six bulls that are going to be fought in the afternoon in the bullring. Six bulls or mansos also participate that guide the fighting bulls also to calm them until they reach their destination. The people who run in front of the bulls are experienced people, although novices participate every year

 

San fermin 2019 - Encierro

Each confinement is different. If it is clean and fast it will last three minutes, intense and showy, enough to observe the exploits of the almost professional runners and the clumsiness of the novices and the imprudence of those who ignore the rules of the race.

For children there are l parties with different activities such as puppets and puppets, also presentations of dances, street theaters and recitals

In the streets there are musical performances for all tastes, street music is constant in different places to sing and dance, with international bands and performers, jazz concerts and modern music.

 

San fermin 2019 - Encierro
San Fermin 2019 – Encierro

The Party Was Over

The final day is celebrated with many dances and music, the last outing of giants and big heads is performed. Also the last bull run and eighth bullfight. At midnight of July 14 the closing of the party with fireworks is announced in the Town Hall Square.
The audience gathers and taking off the red scarves, they sing the song Pobre de Mí showing the sadness for the end of the best festivals in the world : San Fermin. Do not forget to check the best travel gadgets to enjoy the Chupinazo and the San Fermin Festival

 

San fermin 2019 - Encierro
During all the holidays you can also rent balconies to witness all the events.

How to get Pamplona – Spain

By Airplane: from any city in the United States or the world, which arrives in Madrid, Capital of Spain (Europe) – then take a local plane to the airport of Pamplona

Iberia one hour ftom Madrid – spain

 

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Welcome to Palace 2019

Visit to Little Known Palaces of Madrid

See Spanish Version

Welcome to Palace 2019: there is a new version of this activity. And the registration begins on March 11, 2019 at 5:00 pm Spanish Time. For us on the East Coast (New York City) will be 11.00AM and for those who are on the West Coast (San Francisco) will be 07.00 AM. They are visits to palaces that are NOT usually open to the public for different reasons.

Registration for free guided visits to Palacios de Madrid will be via web and in previous editions have been exhausted in just hours.

Welcome to Palace 2019 Palacio del duque de Fernán Núñez
Welcome to Palace 2019

It is the sixth edition that is valid between April 2019 and January 2020 and the organization corresponds to the Directorate General of Cultural Heritage.

You can access more than 20 palaces that are cultural heritage and can not be visited if not through this program . There are also options apart from the guided tours such as live concerts and live performances.

All the information of the program Welcome to Palacio 2019-2020, places, places, activities dates etc. You can check here on the official website.

Reservations at: http://www.bienvenidosapalacio2019.es

Bienvenidos a Palacio 2019 - Palacio del duque de Fernán Núñez-


Welcome to Palace 2019: Some Palaces 2018

  • Palace of the Duke of Fernán Núñez (Santa Isabel 44, Atocha), currently headquarters of the Foundation of Spanish Railways.
  • Godoy Palace
  • General Quarter of the Spanish Army: Buenavista Palace (Barquillo 49, Chueca)
  • Viana Palace (Duque de Rivas 1, Tirso de Molina), headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the
  • Palace of the Marquis of Fontalba, headquarters of the Attorney General’s Office State.
  • list complete in the OFFICIAL WEBSITE
Front of Royal Palae Of Aranjuez -one day in madrid
Welcome to Palace 2019 – Front of Royal Palae Of Aranjuez

Madrid Useful information

How to get there: From USA to  Madrid ( Spain) 

New York ► Madrid – Barajas Airport

Air France Air France 8 h  Direct 
KLM KLM 8 h  Direct 
Delta Delta 8 h  Direct 
Tap Air Portugal Tap Air Portugal 7 h 55 m Direct 
United United 7 h 50 m Direct 
Lufthansa Lufthansa 7 h 50 m Direct 
Brussels Airlines Brussels Airlines 7 h 50 m Direct 

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Welcome to Palace 2019 - Alcazar of Toledo
Welcome to Palace 2019 – Alcazar of Toledo

Arde Lucus 2019 – Roman Festival in Spain

Ancient Rome Festival in Spain: Arde Lucus 2019: 

On June 14, 15 and 16, 2019

Arde Lucus is a festival celebrated in Lugo – Spain. That is celebrated between the end of May and the month of June. Relive the life of the Roman Empire in the old Spanish city of Lugo. This service started in
2001 and fu to commemorate the founding of the city.

 Arde Lucus 2019

In the year 2017 it has been declared a National Tourist Interest Festival by the Spanish State and in its last two editions more than one million participants were reached, of which a third were foreigners

Lucus Augusti

This festival that tries to evoke the ancient Roman city Lucus Augusti of the second century (now Lugo in Spanish territory), began to celebrate as we mentioned in 2001. It should be noted that the old (and magnificent) Roman defensive walls. Over the years, the number of visitors increased to 460,000 participants in 2009, leaving an income of around 10 million euros in the city.

 Arde Lucus 2019
 This celebration is one of the two most important in Europe in terms of the evocation of the Roman Empire. The other is the French city of Nimes, with its spectacular Roman amphitheater, which we will talk about later.

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Few Places That Hate Tourists – Tourismphobia

Tourists Go Home !!

This is a job where information is collected about the problem of tourism impact in some places. In some cities rational precautions are taken: But in others (very few) an alarming syndrome develops. The turismo-phobia.  The turism-phobia. Here is the information that could gather, more personal experiences having personally visited four of those places.

Barcelona Hate Tourist

Barcelona – Spain

Ada Colau shortly after taking office as mayor in 2015: “We do not want the city to become a cheap souvenir shop”. He put Venice as an example. The freezing of licenses for all the new hotels and apartments for holiday rentals, the fines for AirBnb, the projects for new tourist taxes and the studies to limit the number of visitors are the reasons that this blog uses to include in this list. 

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Walking Bilbao in Two Days

The Modern City of Bilbao 

Walking Bilbao: It is a county located in the north of Spain The town of Bilbao is the capital with more than 340,000 inhabitants and is the most populated city of the autonomous community that extends along the estuary of Bilbao or the Nervión. The city is surrounded by two mountain ranges with an altitude that does not exceed 500 meters. It was founded at the end of the 13th century. This is a guide to tour Bilbao in two days

We arrived from Madrid by air to the Bilbao airport. To go to the city center, if you do not choose the taxi, the bus is the best option. We take the Bizkaibus A3247, which costs 1.45 Euros and you can buy it in the same Bus. The bus takes about 30 minutes to go from the airport to Bilbao Termibus. 

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☼ Madrid in Three Days – Third Day

What to do the third day in Madrid?

We can choose between staying in the city to visit a special place that we liked or to visit a nearby city

These are the options

Viator

One day in Madrid

  • Museum of Prado – Museo del Prado : For those who like Art, it will take all day. (and more if you prefer)
  • Queen Sofia Museum – Museo Reina Sofia : The same as the previous
  • Retiro Park  and Bullring – Parque del Retiro y Plaza de Toros.  It can include a bicycle ride (they are rented at the park entrance). Then visit the bullring that is very close to the park. ( all day). ( Book Hotels in Madrid)

Near cities

TOLEDO

City of Toledo Landscape - One day in madrid

If we decide to see lesta medieval city in a day we can visit the most important monuments, historical buildings and museums that welcomes inside.

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☼ Madrid in Three days: Second day

Walking Madrid Second Day

On the second day we started walking along the Main Street – Calle Mayor  (we passed the chocolate shop San Gines for those who have not yet had breakfast) until the Mercado de San Miguel ( see Map). This is one of the oldest markets in Madrid and is awarded as it was in its golden age.

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Cathedral of Almudena  

At the end of the main street we find the Cathedral of Almudena, which is the Metropolitan Cathedral of Madrid. It began to be built in 1879 and officially ended in 1993. It can be visited every day and it is traveled in approximately one hour

Next to the Almudena Cathedral is the Royal Palace of Madrid. At this time, it is not the residence of the King of Spain, but only acts of protocol. It began to contribute in 1738 and was completed in 1764. It has 3418 rooms and is larger than the Palace of Versailles on the outskirts of Paris – France

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