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Esteem for Madrid

Rick Steves Spain 2017Some cities undergo a massive construction boom in the form of urban renovation projects.

Madrid in Spain is one of these cities.  Recently, after more than five years of construction in this beautiful city, planners were able to declare the projects complete. The renovation project included rerouting traffic underground so that the city’s center was opened for pedestrians.

With its renewed appearance Madrid gives esteem towards its citizens and tourists.  On the other hand, the city receives esteem from the people who enjoy the beautiful plazas, facades and a great open atmosphere.

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Tourism creating mutual esteem

Since 1980 the United Nations has celebrated World Tourism Day.  Celebrated annually on September 27, the event is designed to foster awareness of tourism’s social, cultural, political and economic values.

All of us are a tourists the moment we go out of town.  As a tourist we expect hospitality and friendliness.  At the same, the places we visit hope for open and polite tourists.

Tourism only works for both sides when there is mutual esteem.  The slogan for this year’s World Tourism Day “Celebrating Diversity” expresses the mutual esteem we can create as a tourist and as a host.


Archeological finds slow subway building in Rome

Rome is a city full of reminders of ancient times.  Every time an excavation occurs, like the current subway line through Rome uncovers ancient ruins.  In Rome old and new times exist together.

Both times have their importance.   This is one of the reasons why so many tourists visit Rome each year.

When the people of Rome take care of the ruins of their ancestors they show esteem toward their past, their roots.  This esteem is as important as the esteem toward the present time and the future. It shows responsibility toward the native land and their citizens.