Another quick romp through some of the colourful street scenes of Madrid. From traditional tiles and window boxes to more modern expressions of creativity. Moulin Rouge style ladies to a rather disturbing cat portrait! There’s a plethora of art on hand to entertain, perplex or deconstruct.
The streets of Madrid are literally awash with a myriad of colourful artworks, from abstract splashes of rainbow hues to detailed murals. Every wall, window and wall is an open air gallery just begging to be snapped. Metal roller shutters that act as security for shops also double as gallery fronts, sometimes sanctioned, sometimes not!Continue reading “Colour splash”
Madrid’s Atocha train station has a verdant surprise awaiting the unsuspecting traveller with a lovely tropical garden inhabiting what was once a train shed that opened in 1892. It had its tracks removed in 1992 and is now a lush garden complete with a rehomed turtle pool (minus its inhabitants who were relocated in 2018Continue reading “Back Atocha!”
As we leave Retiro park I stumble upon this bibliophile’s dream! Open air book stalls in weathered little cabins . . . . You can find this cornucopia of the written word on a small pedestrian street known as the Cuesta de Moyano. Running down from El Retiro Park to the Glorieta de Carlos VContinue reading “Books, beautiful books.”
We’re heading to check out El Retiro Park, the largest park in Madrid, with lakes, formal gardens and glass houses. The park belonged to the Spanish Monarchy until the late 19th century, when it became a public park. In the heart of the park is a large lake that was built by the architect, CristobalContinue reading “El Retiro Park”
There’s lots of beautiful churches and chapels to be discovered as you trot around Madrid. From hyper realistic, and somewhat gory, statuary to beautiful gilding and all colours of the rainbow. I love the over the top decoration of the Catholic churches, especially the ornate halos of the Virgin Mary. A little bit heavenly, justContinue reading “Religious stuff”
Around the streets of Madrid we kept encountering a variation of colourful, larger than life, ladies. The statues are all variations on the main characters of Las Meninas, Diego Velázquez’s masterpiece that hangs in the Prado Museum. An art installation saw 80 sculptures of Las Meninas (‘the ladies in waiting’) dotted around the Spanish capital.Continue reading “Las Meninas Mademoiselles”
Here’s a few random snaps from around the streets of Madrid. From wonderful little bookshops to quirky eateries. This lucky Buddha has had his belly rubbed a fair few times by passing customers! More books and a slightly manic looking little gimp! Not sure if he is cute or creepy!