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  1. Terry at Overnight New York
    September 20, 2014 @ 4:09 pm

    Your opening anecdote about the spit from angry Andalusians rotting Franco’s wood cask is a hoot. And Hotel Madrid sounds like a Gran Canaria must-see for anyone who revels in local history, from film to Franco in this case.
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    • Gran Canaria Local
      September 20, 2014 @ 6:12 pm

      Thanks, Terry. Glad you enjoyed it. There are few establishments with as rich a history in the capital.

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  2. Mary @ Green Global Travel
    September 20, 2014 @ 7:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing Hotel Madrid’s interesting history. If only the bar could talk!
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    • Gran Canaria Local
      September 20, 2014 @ 7:54 pm

      More than happy to, Mary. Yes, that bar would have some tales to tell.

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  3. A Cook Not Mad (Nat)
    September 21, 2014 @ 11:04 pm

    I love learning about history this way, thanks for sharing!
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  4. Dan @ A Cruising Couple
    September 21, 2014 @ 11:52 pm

    What a cool place with an amazing story! Sounds like it is quite an interesting spot to hang out, then and now.

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    • Gran Canaria Local
      September 21, 2014 @ 11:56 pm

      It is a fascinating institution, Dan. With one of the most ideal locations in the city.

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  5. noel
    September 22, 2014 @ 7:00 pm

    What a fascinating story about this Hotel and Franco, thanks for sharing this with us.
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    • Gran Canaria Local
      September 22, 2014 @ 7:39 pm

      Yes, not many know of Franco’s time on the island. Happy to enlighten them, Noel.

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  6. Patti
    September 23, 2014 @ 6:06 am

    Don’t ya just love interesting places such as the Hotel Madrid. I say all the time that one of my favorite aspects of traveling is to walk in the path of those who walked before us – walking in the steps of Gregory Peck, well that’s a bonus!
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    • Gran Canaria Local
      September 23, 2014 @ 8:56 am

      Well, recently Shirley Maclaine, Demi Moore, and Jessica Lange were filming nearby. Not sure they frequented Hotel Madrid’s bar, though. Certainly not with the frequency of Gregory Peck, at any rate.

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  7. Savi of Bruised Passports
    September 24, 2014 @ 12:55 pm

    My history professors could definitely take a leaf out of your book – great storytelling Matthew, really enjoyed reading it 🙂
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    • Gran Canaria Local
      September 24, 2014 @ 6:27 pm

      Thanks so much, Savi. Glad you enjoyed it. What’s not to love about history?

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  8. Sue Sharpe (@suesharpe1)
    September 24, 2014 @ 5:31 pm

    How very bizarre that you posted this on the very day (quite possibly the very moment) that I was visiting that sherry bodega in Jerez & looking at that glass covered cask!
    Very interesting post!

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    • Gran Canaria Local
      September 24, 2014 @ 6:25 pm

      Now that is odd, Sue. Glad you found the post interesting. Thanks for your lovely feedback.

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  9. Theodora
    October 11, 2014 @ 3:49 am

    Wow. I had no idea whatsoever that Gran Canaria was an element in the Spanish Civil War…
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    • Gran Canaria Local
      October 11, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

      Neither did we, Theodora. Until we moved here. We love hearing all about Gran Canaria’s history.

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  10. Lily Lau
    October 25, 2014 @ 1:47 am

    I’m amazed… your post made me feel more cultivated!
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    • Gran Canaria Local
      October 26, 2014 @ 8:44 pm

      Thanks, Lily. Glad you liked it. Really appreciate such positive feedback too.

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