Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Madrid Pictures

OK, you've waited long enough.
Here's a bunch of pictures of Madrid.

The bear and the strawberry tree (El Oso y El Madroño)
are the symbol of Madrid. I don't know why - I haven't
seen any live bears or strawberry trees kicking around.
I'm not even sure that strawberries grow on trees.
Whatever, it's a nice statue on the edge of Puerta del Sol.

This is Plaza Mayor, a grand arcaded square. The geezer
on the horse in the middle is King Felipe III - the statue
was made in 1616.

El Catedral de Almudena: building began in 1883 and
finished in 1993! You can see the northern mountains
in the background on the left.

As in any old city, it's always worth looking up at the
tops of buildings: this is where the architects have their
fun when the client isn't looking.

This is part of the view from our terrace. The building
with the green roof is Torrés Colón, designed by Antonio Lamela Martinez - I don't know what he was on when
he did this, but it was the 70s. The things in the sky?
Spanish aerobatic team. They're always whizzing about.

Another bloke on a horse. This statue is in Puerta del Sol
and represents King Carlos III

Our apartment faces due east, so we always get to see
the sunrise. And we also get to see the sunset as it
casts a glorious golden glow over the city.


Grumpy Goat said...

The bear image is reminiscent of Warwickshire's Bear and Ragged Staff.

nzm said...

Awesome images!

Madrid looks very picturesquey.