Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Madrid

 A trip to Madrid with Nana to celebrate her 65th birthday!

Our hotel was situated on the Gran Via and the view was over the main road - the most prominent road in madrid featuring all the designer shops. On our first day we explored the Royal Palace. To the right is a picture of one of the many dinning rooms within the building. The picture below was taken outside of the Palace in the Royal Courtyard.

After entering the Parque Del Retiro - Madrid's green oasis - we found a monument dedicated to Alfonso XII. The monument overlooked a big artificial lake. This lake was used by swimmers and rowers and had many boats which were available to hire.

After walking deeper into the park we came across the Crystal Palace. This beautiful structure consists of metal and glass and it reflects on the water in front of it. It is currently used as a home for birds - the design of the building causes the bird whistle to echo around the room. 

Further through the park we found the Palacio de Velazquez - an art gallery with a range of abstract art. This art gallery lead onto the Rose Garden. A gem inside a land of green.

North of the city is a rebuilt Egyptian temple - The Temple of Debod. It originated from southern Egypt, very close to the first cataract of the Nile. On the journey home from the Egyptian temple we came across the Spanish premiere of 'Man of Steel', with queues beginning to increase in length we remained there a while and managed to see Henry Cavil and Russell Crow!

De Madrid al cielo
From Madrid to heaven 

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