Tuesday, November 1, 2016
UEFA Champions League Ticket Buying and Strolling Through Barrio La Latina
Monday, 31 October, 2016:
Happy Halloween from Madrid everybody!
It was another Chamber of Commerce type day in the nation's capital today, a perfect day to explore.
First stop of the morning
I was intent to purchase a ticket to Tuesday night's UEFA Champions League Group D game that Atlético Madrid will be hosting against Russia's F.C. Rostov club.
The UEFA Champions League annually brings together Europe's 32 best soccer/fútbol teams for an intense competition.
These 32 teams are initially placed into eight Groups lettered A through H. Each Group plays a home-and-home series with their Group members to qualify for the final rounds.
Estadio Vicente Calderón
That is Atlético's 50 year old home stadium and their ticket office was my goal.
The only semi-pyramids I spied
near the Pirámides Metro stop
"I would like to buy one ticket for
the lowest price that is available."
Model of Atlético's new stadium
that should be ready next year
I took a number and waited for about ten minutes for my turn.
Their were lots of people speaking Russian in the room.
To set the stage, this is the fourth game of UEFA Champions League Group D action for both teams, the start of the second round of Group D games.
The current Group D standings are:
1. Atletico Madrid: 3 wins - 0 ties - 0 losses
2. Bayern Munich: 2 wins - 0 ties - 1 loss
3. PSV Eindhoven: 0 wins - 1 tie - 2 losses
4. F.C. Rostov: 0 wins - 1 tie - 2 losses
PSV Eindhoven is ranked ahead of F.C. Rostov based on a better overall goal differential, -4 to -6.
On October 19th, Atlético defeated F.C. Rostov 1-0 in Russia in the opening round of Group D play.
I'll be in the Bob Ueker/nose bleed section of the estadio for the 8:45 p.m. start.
Should be fun!
The Puente de Toledo
dating from the early 18th century
It is located about 5 minutes from Atlético's estadio.
It wouldn't be an 18th century
bridge without some statuary
The Parque Madrid Río under
the Puente de Toledo
A "Viejo Verde" is, loosely
translated, a dirty old man
It was a warm day, instead of a
newspaper for a hat, he might
want to take off the sweater
Estadio Vicente Calderón
in the distance
Another view of the
Puente de Toledo
And another of the
Parque Madrid Río
More Puente de Toledo
The Arganzuela Footbridge
is . . .
. . . interesting
The scenic footbridge spans the huge Parque Madrid Río about 600 meters from the Puente de Toledo.
Soothing Parque Madrid Río fountain
An unnamed monument
in the Parque Madrid Río
Great slides for kids
Of course, I found a community
Fronton on my walk
I re-boarded the Metro at Pirámides and headed to . . .
. . . Barrio La Latina
It was Halloween after all
La Latina architecture
I can make my own croquettes
at home with this gizmo and
a little oil
You can buy the croquetas pre-made
to take home and fry yourself . . .
. . . or have them fried for
you in two minutes
They had 15 different types of croquetas for me to choose from. I opted for two ham, two pork and a cheese.
All were good. Next time, I'll go for the chocolate croqueta with a cafe con leche.
La Latina is a lively barrio
People enjoying the Sun
He was a soldier who distinguished himself in Cuba during the Spanish-American War.
Great looking La Latina bar
Neighborhood Watch Program
The Rumor Mill in
Calle del Oso
Our club has its own street in barrio La Latina!
Quiet La Latina calle
The Taberna Tirso de Molina
looked interesting on the outside
And it looked great on the inside
"Hola, un cafe con leche
The Taverna had lots of fun tile work both inside and out.
Life in another age in Madrid
The cafe con leche hit the spot!
Love these apartments
Nearing Plaza Mayor
Powerful looking building
Suddenly I had a hankering for . . .
. . . Churros
Only one place to go, the Churreria de San Gines which was convenient close by.
Me in the mirror at the
Churreria San Gines
Ordered but waiting
So good but I have no idea
where those drips came from
"Witches also drink tea,
A cleaning lady enjoying a
street performer along with
some bar customers
Iglesia San Gines
Time to head home, we have
two Osos' practices tonight
It was the Opera Metro
stop you know
Working with the Cadet Flag Team
Seniors working on Kickoff return
Between Halloween and a National Holiday on Tuesday for All Saints Day that many people stretched into a four day weekend, the attendance at both practices was sparse.
Still, every Oso, Junior and Senior, that came tonight worked hard on improving their skills.
The COUNTDOWN continues . . .
. . . more days until Laurie
leaves Camarillo for Spain!