Madrid - Puerta del Sol live camGreat panoramic view of the main square, in the heart of Madrid

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    • 2 days ago
    • Carlos Acosta

    Gert, and a little spanish to get around and you are set...i live in Canada, in the eastern part, in Toronto to be more precise and Vancouver is a great place...

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    • 2 days ago
    • Carlos Acosta

    Gert,I was fortunate to have visited Spain a I will tell you that if you do visit you won't regret it, you will enjoy it immensely, from food, to the people, to the beauty of the country and it's history...one of these days you never know you will have enough money to go, you don't need much any how, and there are hostels that are quite cheap and clean, with you own bathroom which is what you need anyhow, some where to sleep, take a shower and that's it, because the rest of the time you gonna be out there enjoying yourself...

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    • 2 days ago
    • Gert

    Carlos, Sadly I have never been to Spain. The only country I have visited (other than my own) is Canada (Vancouver). Which really isn't any different from where I live (Washington State, USA) now. The only way I will get to Europe and beyond is if I win the lottery. But can live vicariously through all of the webcams here.

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    • 2 days ago
    • Carlos Acosta

    Gert, oh, i missed it then...i´ll keep an eye on it and see if i can listen to the "Mariachi" band...havin sound in a webcam is much more interesting..

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    • 2 days ago
    • Carlos Acosta

    (Gert) that is funny, they are reading your mind!..no, i don´t live there, i visited Spain many times and ,know very well el Casco Viejo de Madrid where Puerta del Sol is...have you visited Madrid Gert? i certainly love Spain and I traveled all over except el Pais Vasco, that will be next...

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • Gert

    They are playing the song 'Cielito Lindo'.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7AWb3eShEo

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    • 2 days ago
    • Gert

    The band is back.

  • avatar
    • 4 days ago
    • Gert

    Carlos, Funny thing as soon as I hit the submit button they started playing something completely different. I thought that maybe there was some kind of 'competition' going on. I wish I knew what was going on sometimes. Some things I can figure out (people 'break dancing', etc.) but other times (like last night) I'm just clueless.

    Carlos, Do you live in Madrid?

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    • 4 days ago
    • Carlos Acosta

    Maybe that is the only tune they know how to play (Gert)...or maybe they are getting tips from somebody asking for the same music to be played over and over...

  • avatar
    • 4 days ago
    • Gert

    Lots going on in the square tonight. What sounds like a 'Mariachi' band is playing right below the statue. But they keep playing the same thing over & over?

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    • 5 days ago
    • Gert

    Edek, Where in the Balkans? That is a big drop in temperatures. In my area (Washington State, USA) we have had drops of 30-35 degrees in one day, but it doesn't happen often. But we haven't had any rain in over a month which is very unusual for my part of the world.

    http://media1.britannica.com/eb-media/50/89850-004-C88E1B75.gif

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    • 6 days ago
    • Edek

    Gert. Was quite hot yes in the Balkans which culminated in several colossal thunderstorms, flash floods and a temp drop to nearer 56f!!? From over 100 to this in way less than 24hrs...add several inches of rain! Didn't take long to warm/settle up again.
    No bother.

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    • 7 days ago
    • Gert

    Edek, 109? Where do you live? That is really hot, too hot for me.

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    • 7 days ago
    • Edek

    True, Gert. I guess when temps hit 100f and above? (Currently heat is on..) Early am or late night strolls are perhaps more pleasant. If it means visiting a bar or club then so be it. Aircon and a cold cold beer goes a long way.

    Ps. Not too long ago was sitting in 43c shade temps, funny how your body clock adjusts accordingly and a midday "siesta" helps you stay alert during the wee hours ; )

Madrid - Puerta del Sol

Puerta del Sol is the heart of Madrid, the symbol of the capital city of Spain, popular rendez-vous point for locals and tourists, wonderful location where many important events take place, a testimony to the history of Madrid, the administrative and commercial center, really worth a visit at night, when bright lights and the colours of the overwhelming Movida Madrileña turn on.

This thriving social center of Spain's capital has a semicircular shape, its ancient origins date back to the 15th century and to the reign of Charles I who ordered a gate to be built for better access into the town; soon it became a meeting point and new buildings were built, originally to serve political functions, all around the "door" (puerta) that, starting from the 15th century, was the entrance gate to the capital, its name, Spanish for "Gate of the Sun" derives from this city gate decorated with a symbolic sun; over the centuries Madrid grew rapidly, the square was considerably enlarged and new elegant and imposing buildings were erected, the House of the Post Office (Real Casa de Correos, 1768), a work of the architect Jacques Marquet, is still today a splendid example of this. The square is embellished by monumental fountains and cultural icons that make it popular in Spain as elsewhere in the world such as the aristocratic palace with the giant neon of Tío Pepe's sign sitting above, the clock tower of the House of the Post Office (1866), its clock, known as "Reloj de Puerta del Sol" is the most popular of Spain, the Equestrian statue of King Charles III, just in front of the House of the Post Office, the statue of Mariblanca and the statue of a female bear eating fruits from a strawberry tree (El Oso y El Madroño), this bronze statue, sculptured by Antonio Navarro, symbolizes the aristocracy and the fertile soil of Madrid. Another icon of Puerta del Sol is the plaque "Kilometre Zero" (Kilómetro Cero) on the pavement at the entrance of the House of the Post Office marking the center of the Spanish road network and the starting point from where all the Spanish most important distances are measured and the starting point of the main roads of Madrid such as Calle del Arenal, Calle de Alcalá, Calle Mayor, Calle Carretas and Calle Preciados.

On the night of December 31 Puerta del Sol is full of magic, a great emotion to wait and celebrate the arrival of midnight while eating 12 grapes with all the crowds in time with the 12 chimes (campanadas) of the Reloj, one on each stroke, locals and tourists can't miss this traditional night, a wonderful scene that can be seen live also on TV or on Internet.

Cam on-line since: 04/23/2014