Spain Trip 2022: Top Things To Do In Madrid Over A Weekend – Swirlster

The political and cultural centre of Spain – Madrid – makes a grand first impression. A walk around its elegant boulevards, and you will find yourself admiring the beautifully-preserved medieval buildings at every nook and corner. The heart of Madrid is no doubt bustling with tourists, yet that’s where you will want to be – from Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol to making your way to Gran Via. Don’t be surprised if you are drawn to endless bar de tapas or tabernas to indulge in local delights of Croquetas de jamon (ham croquettes), Gambas al ajillo (garlic shrimp), Chorizo al vino (sausage in red wine) and pitchers of sangrias. That’s just the start; you are yet to explore lavish palaces, cathedrals, flawlessly manicured parks, a host of art museums called the Golden Triangle of Art, charming neighbourhoods, michelin-starred restaurants, pub crawls, a lesson of flamenco perhaps… the list goes on!

Best Things To Do In Madrid In 2022

Don’t know where to start? We are here to make it simple and easy by listing down the top things to do in Madrid over a weekend or a 2-night’s stay:

1. Start With Plaza Mayor

A great way to start is to be in the middle of it all. Make your way to the hub of old Madrid – Plaza Mayor, which is a 17th century landmark that was once the venue for ceremonial events as well as bull fights and executions. The three-storey buildings enclose a square with a statue of King Philip III standing tall at the centre (it was during his reign Plaza Mayor was built). Endless restaurants dot the area and make for a good spot to experience the place at leisure while sipping some wine. Before you leave, make a pitstop at a no-frill tavern called La Campana that serves a perfect on-the-go treat – Bocadillos de Calamares (calamari sandwich). Or for those with a sweet tooth, Chocolateria San Ginés is where you can grab the best churros.

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Video shows Russian solider giving middle finger to Ukrainian drone before being blown up

Shocking, new footage shows a Russian soldier flipping off a Ukrainian drone before being blown up by enemy munitions.

In a 90-second clip posted Sunday, a drone zooms in on a group of Russian troops standing around a vehicle. About 17 seconds into the footage, one of the six Russian soldiers turns his head up to the sky, and directs a one-finger salute to the drone.

As the camera pans out, the drone releases a grenade onto the BTR-82A, a 8×8 wheeled armored personnel carrier, causing it to burst into flames.

It’s unclear when and where exactly the footage was taken, though the Ukraine Weapons Tracker Twitter account said it took place in eastern Ukraine, which Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Saturday is “indescribably difficult” to protect.

The footage was shared a day after Russia reached a grim milestone of losing 30,000 soldiers in its war with Ukraine the country launched in late February.

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One of the six Russian soldiers turns his head up to the sky and flips off the drone.
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The drone releases a grenade onto the armored personnel carrier.
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The armored personnel carrier bursts into flames.
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Russia has lost 30,000 soldiers in its war with Ukraine.
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NEW DELHI, May 30 (Reuters) – The parent company of India’s ShareChat has raised nearly $300 million in fresh funding from Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google, media giant Times Group and Singapore’s Temasek Holdings, valuing the social media firm at nearly $5 billion, two sources involved in the deal discussions told Reuters.

A deal is set to be announced as early as next week, the sources added.

ShareChat’s parent company, Mohalla Tech, did not respond to a request for comment. Google and Temasek did not immediately respond to requests for comment, while Reuters could not immediately reach the Times Group.

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This is Google’s second key investment in India’s short video space, having previously backed Josh, which competes with ShareChat’s sister firm Moj.

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Heathrow and Gatwick: Latest travel rules for France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany … – MyLondon

June is in a couple of days and half term is here, which means holidays are on the mind – especially after two years of pandemic restrictions. While England has fully opened up its travel, there are still rules in place for other countries that passengers must be aware of.

When returning to England travellers do not have to complete a passenger locator form, take any tests, or quarantine. And many other any countries have now lifted all rules and restrictions on travellers. But some continue to enforce rules on international arrivals, such as Covid testing requirements and expectations of certain documentation.

For that reason, we’ve put together a list below of some of UK holidaymakers’ favourite European destinations with all you need to know about their current coronavirus travel rules, so you can make sure everything goes smoothly when you make your trip. Here are the latest Covid restrictions for France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Greece [...]  read more

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From Evans to Hindley – Australia's Grand Tour journey gets a new chapter | Cyclingnews

Australian riders have for many decades been making a mark on the men’s Grand Tours, ranging from a Vuelta a España stage win by Don Allan in 1975, to 1982’s first Tour de France yellow jaunts by Phil Anderson or the green jersey winning sprint stars of the early 2000’s, like Robbie McEwen. Still it is only in the last 15 years that the nation has joined the fray of serious overall contenders.

In 2007 it was former mountain biker Cadel Evans that opened up a new world to Australian cycling fans – results that were built over three weeks with time carefully stolen in the mountains and time trials, and then just as carefully protected on the flat. Evans delivered a raft of firsts, from being the first rider from his nation to stand on a final Grand Tour General Classification podium to being the first and, until now, only Australian to win a Grand Tour.

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Amazon.com Inc. announced Wednesday it had opened its first brick-and-mortar clothing retail store, as people start to venture out to shop following the easing of COVID-19 curbs.

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The store, Amazon Style, located in Los Angeles, will use machine-learning technology to help customers find clothes and personalize recommendations.

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Customers shopping on the Amazon app will also have the option to try out their selections at the physical store and will be notified on the availability of fitting rooms.

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Sudan's military leader lifts state of emergency | Reuters

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May 29 (Reuters) – Sudan’s military leader, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, on Sunday issued a decree lifting a state of emergency that he imposed after seizing control in a military coup on Oct. 25 last year.

The Transitional Sovereign Council said in a statement the decision was taken to create the right atmosphere for “a fruitful and meaningful dialogue that achieves stability during the transitional period”.

The Security and Defence Council had recommended earlier on Sunday lifting the state of emergency and releasing all detainees who were arrested under it.

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