Andrew Ferren writes for the NY Times–In the five years since Spain’s economy took a nose-dive, madrileños never stopped going out, but they did become more judicious in their spending. While not easy on businesses, this has ultimately been good for consumers, as retailers and restaurateurs dug deep in the treasure chest of Spanish talents and traditions — not to mention agricultural bounty — to weather the economic storm.
Before that storm, Madrid seemed frantic to become a copy of any other European metropolis, but now the city feels more Spanish again. Resourcefulness, creativity and reinvention are bubbling up in art galleries, designer ateliers and restaurants. The city’s symbol may be a bear, but for style, culture, history and sybaritic delights, there are plenty of reasons to be bullish on Madrid.
Read more and see the slide show on NT Times.com: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/22/travel/36-hours-in-madrid.html?hpw&rref=travel&_r=1