How quickly time flies! (pun intended). It doesn’t feel like a year since MRO Europe 2013 at ExCeL London. Now, while MRO Europe 2013 was a fantastic event (we got some strong leads from it), London doesn’t really feel like ‘Europe’ as it’s our local big city. Being able to stay at home and drive to an exhibition doesn’t really fill you with much excitement.
Hearing that MRO Europe 2014 was in Madrid however… Well that’s a different ball game completely. Easy to get to from the UK, Exhibition location (IFEMA) perfectly positioned near Madrid-Barajas Airport and a foreign city of museums, tapas and wine. What more could you ask for?
So, we thought we’d put together a little Madrid blog for people on things to do if you have time or have taken a day or two either side of the exhibition. Hope you enjoy:
Madrid is the capital and largest city of Spain. A population of roughly 3.3 million and an entire population of the Madrid metropolitan area is around 6.5 million, making Madrid the third-largest city in the European Union, after London and Berlin, and its metropolitan area is the third-largest in the European Union after London and Paris.
Madrid’s landmarks include the Royal Palace of Madrid, the Royal Theatre, the Buen Retiro Park and a large number of national museums. The Golden Triangle of Art, located along the Paseo del Prado, comprises of three art museums: Prado Museum, the Reina Sofía Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.
If you are a lover of football then Madrid is somewhere you want to check out. The King’s team, Real Madrid, recently won their tenth Uefa Champions League title, while city rivals Atletico Madrid pipped them to La Liga, the Spanish Championship. Unfortunately, both Real and Atletico aren’t playing while MRO Europe is on but we would thoroughly recommend a tour of Real Madrid’s stadium, the Santiago Bernabeu.
If you want to stick to an aviation theme then there is the Museo del Aire. The free museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 am to 2 pm but closed Mondays and special days. It is an aviation museum located in the outskirts of Madrid at Cuatro Vientos Airport, Spain. The museum was founded in 1981, and offers six exhibition galleries and it has about 150 aircraft on display.
If you want to try some local cuisine while you’re in Madrid for MRO Europe then why not try Sobrino de Botín. Sobrino de Botín was founded in 1725, is the oldest restaurant still running in Spain, and one of the oldest in the world. The Sobrino has a speciality dish called cochinillo asado (roast suckling pig) and it is mentioned in the closing pages of Ernest Hemingway’s novel, The Sun Also Rises.
If you wanted to cap off your visit to see us at our stand (booth 457) then we would really love that. We are embracing the Spanish culture while at MRO Europe and offering Spanish wine to all guests that visit our booth. We can even throw in some conversation about our MRO IT software, free of charge. In fact, not just conversation about our software, we can talk about our client services, our approach to implementation and our consultancy aspects too. Building good working relationships with customers is something we pride ourselves on.
Hope to see you there.
Scott Leslie (@pugzley)
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