Streets and walking, Madrid
Normally I am very fond of old cathedrals, as I love the gothic ones or the baroque ones for instance.
But this one of the last century, destroyed and renovated a few times, got me interested because of its mix...
But this doors, this entrance doors, are incredible.
You can find some at the main entrance, and also the ones looking to the Palacio Real, and the drawings represent history of the Catholicism or history of Spain and its kings
This paint is from Mingote, is in Calle Sal, just in direction to the Plaza Mayor.
Mingote comic paints had been in the newspapers with others as Summer, Forbes Chummy Chumez and more.
This one is very castizo lol
This building in on the way from Puerta del sol to Plaza Mayor.
I love the paintings on the facades, make it very special. I founded quite a few buildings like this walking around the Austrias area.
Favorite thing: Madrid, I liked your Calle Mayor, it's one of the most elegant and gorgeus streets which I managed to see.... beautiful palaces, trendy shops and restaurants... it's like a bridge connecting two poles - hustling and bustling Puerto del Sol and majestic Royal Palace.
Favorite thing: And then Madrid took me to another place, more comfortable and friendly, the place where it could tell me about its life a bit... so I could see some of its buddies and listen to the music it likes to listen, smell the soon to be ready dinner and secretly giggle at a stupid comment of one of its guests... Hey, Madrid, it seems I've started to like you!
Favorite thing: This marvelous trompe-l'oeuil on the side of a building is near the Plaza de Jacinto Benavente in Old Madrid. Blink an eye and you might just walk right into the building! Another wonderful surprise waiting to be discovered.
One of the beautiful treats in Madrid are the surprises in architectural details, tilework, mosaics, sculptures, etc. You pass a little hole in the wall and marvel at the intricacy and charm that has been so lovingly preserved all these years.
Take time to appreciate these details...
Walk along Calle Mayor from Almudena to Puerta del Sol... You will be taken to ancient Madrid... And get into one of the typical bars and have a cup of red wine or a beer, with delicious "tapas"!
Camina por la Calle Mayor, desde la Almudena a la Puerta del Sol... Serás transportado al Madrid antiguo... Y entra en cualquiera de los típicos bares, toma una copa de vino tinto o una cerveza, con las deliciosas "tapas"!
Fondest memory: I arrived to Madrid a two weeks before Christmas... and the whole city was a party! Squares, monuments, avenues, streets, where specially enlightened for the holiday. I will never forget my first sight of Madrid by night.
Llegué a Madrid dos semanas antes de la Navidad... y toda la ciudad era una fiesta! Plazas, monumentos, avenidas, calles, estaban especialmente iluminadas para las Fiestas. Nunca olvidaré mi primera visión de Madrid por la noche.
Fondest memory: Back in the olllld days, these tiled street signs were a way for those who could not read, to get around town. Today, they still make fine directional aids. And it's cool to have your own square in such a city as Madrid, isn't it? (Rhetorical question there...of course it is!)
Madrid has many interesting and beautiful plazas (e.g. Plaza Mayor, Plaza de Cibeles, Plaza de Castilla) and puertas (e.g. Puerta del Sol, Puerta de Toledo, Puerta de Alcala).
You can spend days with only visiting plazas and puertas of Madrid. The photo shows the Puerta de Toledo in the south of the city centre (Metro: Puerta de Toledo).
Wander around the centre of Madrid and keep an eye on the many interesting architecture styles.
The Plaza Mayor is a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture. Along the Gran Via the buildings have style elements of american skyscrapers, Classicism and Art-Deco. The buildings of General Franco at the Plaza de Espana have the monumental style of Stalin.
Favorite thing: The centre of Madrid between the Palacio Real (East) and the Retiro Park (West) is ideal for walking. A stroll through the narrow alleyways and along the broad avenues offers many hidden views of the city. Monumental plazas and fountains, cafes and bars always invite for a short break.
Favorite thing: At every square, there is seemingly some sort of monument, statue or piece of art. This equestrian statue in the Puerta del Sol and you'll find many more by just strolling around the city. Incidentally, Puerta del Sol is considered "ground zero" for the entire country and you can find a marker in the square which indicates the spot from which all official distances are measured. It is also a hub for public transportation and shopping and a great central meeting spot to begin your exploration of the city.
Each Sunday El Rastro, a gigantic flea market situated in the lavapiès district, attracts several thousand people. It offers everything, from antiques, books and clothing, to stolen car parts and pirat cds....
Keep an eye on bags, cameras, and belongings. Even if there are a lot of police around, crafty pickpockets are just waiting for unsuspecting tourists.
Fondest memory: When I was a kid, I used to come to the Rastro with my mother to shop for arts and crafts, but there is now another side of it that
should not be missed imho: the drinking and eating (tapas) in the old neighborhood bars with the locals!
Such a perfect way to spend your Sunday afternoon =)))
Favorite thing: My first impression of Madrid was exiting the subway station at Sol, a main Metro stop and a center of shopping and transportation in the city (not shown in this picture). I emerged from the depths of the subway and was greeted by enormous stone buildings, full of carved details and ironwork embellishments. This was only the beginning. Madrid is full of architectural jewels, so enjoy your stay and don't forget to observe each building carefully and you'll be well rewarded.