Stunning Segovia

We’re taking the train from Madrid to the amazing town of Segovia. And when you arrive it is not hard to see what it is famous for! The centre of this pretty, Baverarianesque town is dominated by an incredible feat of Roman engineering. This amazing aqueduct is is one of the best-preserved elevated Roman aqueductsContinue reading “Stunning Segovia”

Colour splash

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”

Books, beautiful books.

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.”

Las Meninas Mademoiselles

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”