Madrid in pictures

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The Royal Palace. If you look to the right horizon, there's a fire. It turned out to be tire plant, but it helped the sky look more interesting for the photo.
The Royal Palace. If you look to the right horizon, there’s a fire. It turned out to be tire plant, but it helped the sky look more interesting for the photo.
This is the Templo de Debod, a real Egyptian Temple, dating from about 2,200 years ago. It was devoted tot he cult of the gods Amun and Isis. This temple was donated to Spain by the Egyptian goverenment in 1968 in gratitude for the aid provided in rescuing the temples of Abu Simbel in Nubia. These temples would have been destroyed by the rising waters of the Aswan Dam.
This is the Templo de Debod, a real Egyptian Temple, dating from about 2,200 years ago.  It’s possibly the only authentic Egyptian temple outside that country. It was devoted to the cult of the gods Amun and Isis. This temple was donated to Spain by the Egyptian government in 1968 in gratitude for the aid provided in rescuing the temples of Abu Simbel in Nubia (which I got to see a couple months before the Arab Spring). These temples would have been destroyed by the rising waters of the Aswan Dam.

I’ve been in Spain almost three months now–and my tourist visa is running out. I’m leaving very soon, honest! It’s been a great break, but time to get back to teaching.

I’ve spent most of my time in Madrid getting visas, resting from the Camino hike, reorganizing everything I own and getting over a cold, but I have tried to put in some tourist time. Here are some photos in no particular order.

The lake at Parque Retiro (retirement park), one of many large parks and green spaces in Madrid.
The lake at Parque Retiro (retirement park), one of many large parks and green spaces in Madrid.
Fountain, Parque de el RitroThe metro system is quite good and takes you to the entrance of this park.
Fountain, Parque de el Ritro. The metro system is quite good and takes you to the entrance of this park.
The Opera Metro stop, outside the Teatro Real (Royal Theater).
The Opera Metro stop, outside the Teatro Real (Royal Theater).
Plaza de Oriente (Eastern Park), one of the parks near the Placio Real (Royal Palace).
Plaza de Oriente (Eastern Park), one of the parks near the Placio Real (Royal Palace).
From Parque de Las Vistallas (Vista Park). On the left is the Cathedral de La Almudena (in front of the Royal Palace) and the bridge to the right is the Viaducto.
From Parque de Las Vistallas (Vista Park). On the left is the Cathedral de La Almudena (located alongside the Royal Palace on Calle Bailen) and the bridge to the right is the Viaducto.
San Francisco El Grande Catedral
San Francisco El Grande Catedral. Naturally, it was locked up tight.
The rain has stopped (finally!) and the roses are all in bloom.
The rain has stopped (finally!) and the roses are in bloom.
Puerta de Toledo
Puerta de Toledo, part of the former city walls of Philip IV. Construction was from 1812-1827.
Plaza Espana. My dear friend Maria and I met here for lunch one day. She and I both taught in Istanbul and she's visiting family and doing some English teaching here. So lucky to have friends all over the world.
Plaza de Espana in central Madrid. My dear friend Maria and I met here for lunch one day. She and I both taught in Istanbul. Maria is a US citizen with family in Columbia, but she’s visiting family and doing some English teaching here at the moment. So lucky to have friends all over the world. One of the highlights of my trip was getting to catch up with her.
Street performer in Plaza Mayor
Street performer in Plaza Mayor
Lord! What year is this? I hope I never see another one of these!
Lord! What year is this? Can you say offensive? I hope I never see another one of these!
Tim and I tried a new fruit, Nisperos. They were the consistency of peaches, but tasted closer to pears.
Tim and I took a tour of a nearby market and tried a new fruit, Nisperos. They were the consistency of peaches, but tasted closer to pears. He said he’s had them before and they were so sweet.
Nisperos have a couple large seeds inside. I've not seen them in the USA, but maybe they don't ship well?
Nisperos have a couple large seeds inside. I’ve not seen them in the USA, but maybe they don’t ship well. They certainly look like they bruise easily.
So much fresh seafood. I actually got tired of octopus, but I'm not sick of shrimp, yet.
So much fresh seafood here. I actually got tired of octopus (pulpo), but I’m not sick of shrimp or calamari, yet.
Why issn't rabbit more popular in the USA? Conejo is low in fat and tasty. They are also easy to raise.
Why isn’t rabbit more popular in the USA? Conejo is low in fat and tasty. They are also easy to raise.
Most salads come with a single white asparagus on top. You hardly ever see green.
Most salads (salade mixta) come with a single white asparagus on top. You hardly ever see green ones here.
Anne and Tim next to a Calder mobile at the Reina Sofia are museum.
Anne and Tim next to a Calder mobile at the Reina Sofia art museum.
The Royal Palace (Palacia Real)
The Royal Palace (Palacia Real)
The Royal Palace from the Sabatini Gardens.
The Royal Palace from the Sabatini Gardens.
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Beth

I'm a professional vagabond. I quit my cubical job in January 2014. Since then, I've hiked the Appalachian Trail, The Camino, and taught English in Vietnam, Turkey, Russia, Spain, Mexico and Peru. I'm exploring the world and you can come too!

3 thoughts on “Madrid in pictures”

  1. The rabbit carcasses will give me nightmares. Americans don’t want to eat Thumper! LOL. Nisperos on the other hand look YUM.

    What did the street performance do besides sit there?

    1. He moved around a lot and clacked his “mouth” together. OK, it looked better than that makes it sound. LOL
      Sorry about the nightmares. I’m a farm girl and I know where meat comes from: Thumper, Bossie, Bambi, Nemo, Arnold…..I’m not a vegetarian so I try to deal with it honestly.

      1. Oh I’m not either but remove the eyes and ears at least LOL! I hope your plane ride is smooth and quick!

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