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’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.
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).
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 (located alongside the Royal Palace on Calle Bailen) and the bridge to the right is the Viaducto.
San Francisco El Grande Catedral. Naturally, it was locked up tight.
The rain has stopped (finally!) and the roses are in bloom.
Puerta de Toledo, part of the former city walls of Philip IV. Construction was from 1812-1827.
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
Lord! What year is this? Can you say offensive? I hope I never see another one of these!
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. They certainly look like they bruise easily.
So much fresh seafood here. I actually got tired of octopus (pulpo), but I’m not sick of shrimp or calamari, yet.
Why isn’t rabbit more popular in the USA? Conejo is low in fat and tasty. They are also easy to raise.
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 art museum.
The Royal Palace (Palacia Real)
The Royal Palace from the Sabatini Gardens.