Daily Wanderlust: Tio Pepe in Madrid

Written by on December 23, 2012 in Daily Wanderlust, Destinations - 5 Comments

One of the first sights after emerging from the Madrid Metro into the heart of the city is the Tio Pepe sign in Puerta del Sol. Perched atop the city’s City Hall, the famous sign has stood since 1936.

Sadly, this past summer the historic sign was taken down to make way for a new Apple store in Madrid.

I’m so glad I was able to spend time in one of my favorite cities (and one I would be happy to call “home“) in the world and was able to see the larger-than-life Tio Pepe before it was removed.

Tio Pepe

About the Author

Diana Edelman is a travel writer and expat currently residing in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In 2010 she quit her job in PR to go on a solo backpacking adventure and tackle her 30-Life-Crisis. After seven months abroad, journeying throughout Europe and Africa, she returned to America and relocated to Las Vegas. Following a year-long stint back in PR, she once again quit her job to follow her dreams; this time her journey took her to the elephants and Elephant Nature Park where she is involved with raising awareness about responsible elephant tourism. Recently, Diana was named a finalist in the Destinology Travel Bloggy Awards for travel writing. She has been a regular contributor to Viator and recently served as the Las Vegas contributor for OneTravel.com and CheapOair.com. Her work has appeared in print and online, including The Huffington Post, Matador Network, Travel + Escape, Vegas Seven, World Nomads and more.

5 Comments on "Daily Wanderlust: Tio Pepe in Madrid"

  1. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures December 24, 2012 at 9:52 am · Reply

    What a shame it was taken down!

    • Diana December 29, 2012 at 1:38 am · Reply

      I know. I loved that sign!

  2. elizabeth91674 January 2, 2013 at 1:51 pm · Reply

    Mauricio Gonzalez Gordon, president of the bodega is confident the sign will be back in the square next year, albeit on a different building, and it is being restored in readiness.

    • Diana January 3, 2013 at 11:58 pm · Reply

      That is GREAT to know. I love that sign!

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