¡Hola!     On 6 October 2006 I left rainy London for a long weekend in Madrid with friends Sally and Keith. We all very much liked Madrid - a comfortable city not self-conscious like Paris or Rome. Weather was wonderfully warm, streets were clean, people were friendly, food was good and the wine delicious. Only disappointment was that the Prado was closed on the Monday so we missed it. We did make the required day trip to Toledo - saw most of the El Greco's as well as several Goya's and Velasquez's on loan from Madrid. Hope you enjoy this show!
from Air
First sighting
from Air
Don't see much civilization!
from Air
Polka dots?
travel companions
Keith and Sally
First bite: flan
Just pretty!
 palacio real
The Royal Palace (but
no royalty lives there)
Amazing Art Nouveau building
outside Debob
Reflecting pool outside Debob,
an ancient Egyptian structure (3000 BC?)
brought to Spain in the 80's
Atocha Renfe
Atocha Renfe - a beautifully
restored train station
Atocha Renfe
With terrapins living in the center
Atocha Renfe with Sally
Me and Sally
Atocha Renfe
The tracks - Can you see
the little green men?
a madrid breakfast
We ate breakfast here while
waiting for our train to Toledo
Toledo Station
Another beautiful station - in Toledo
Toledo Station
Other side of the ticket hall
Toledo gate
Outer gate into the city of Toledo
into the city
Inner arch view
The kittens got out
Jess with Cervantes
This IS La Mancha -
Cervantes is everywhere
view of toledo
View of the city from the Museum
museum courtyard
Museum courtyard
museum carvings
Moorish carvings in the museum
museum doors
Doors from the main gallery
banca toledo
Another wonderful building -
this one's a bank
La Catedral -
Have you ever seen so much gold?
Well, here's some more
sfardic museo
Exquisite carvings in the Sfardi Museum
(ex-synagogue) No gold here
this way
And now for a nice walk to the Parador
on the next mountain. It's this way... >>
or this way... <<
Pretty sites along the way
at the weir
Looking down over the weir
Half way to the top
from parador
We got there!
from parador
Keith got there too
el rastro
Next morning back in Madrid:
the flea market in El Rastro
el rastro
with musical accompaniment
reina sofia museo
then to La Reina Sofia -
the modern art museum in Madrid
reina sofia museo
The other entrance
reina sofia museo
It's a very interesting building
reina sofia museo
More shots from the glass lift
reina sofia museo
And one more - the art was amazing too.
Calle De Las Huertas
and then we found the street of music
cotton club
Madrid's Cotton Club
cotton club plus
and more
plaza santa ana
Off of Plaza Santa Ana
villa rosa
Beautiful tiled ex-brothels,
now restaurants and hostals.
plaza santa ana
OK, so I'm camera happy
bella building
And one more astonishing building
plaza major
Plaza Major
plaza major
Another corner
plaza major
It's a BIG plaza
plaza major
Would you believe it was
6pm in October?
plaza major
The walls are frescoed
plaza major
Detail of frescoes
dressing decently
It's a long story...
healthy snacks
This is not typical
Spanish cuisine
well fed ready to go
So Keith is well fed and
ready to go to the airport;
I go online.
Jessie on line
Talking to California over my laptop
cafe central
Sally and I hit the night life: Pedro
Ruy Blas singing everything from
I am What I am (La Cage Aux Folles)
to 16 Tons - in Spanish and English
cafe central
Great way to end the trip.