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    Jardines de Aranjuez

    by andal13 Updated Jul 15, 2003

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    Fuente de H��rcules e Hidra

    These beautiful gardens that surround the Royal Palace, inspired Joaquín Rodrigo to compose his "Concierto de Aranjuez".

    Estos hermosos jardines que rodean al Palacio Real inspiraron al compositor Joaquín Rodrigo para crear su célebre "Concierto de Aranjuez".

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    Palacio Real de Aranjuez

    by andal13 Updated Jul 15, 2003

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    Palacio Real de Aranjuez

    Palacio Real de Aranjuez (Royal Palace of Aranjuez) was a summertime palace, built at 17th century, close to rivers Tajo and Jarama. This magnificent palace is surrounded by beautiful gardens.

    El Palacio Real de Aranjuez fue un palacio de veraneo construido en el siglo XVII cerca de los ríos Tajo y Jarama. Este magnífico palacio está rodeado de hermosos jardines.

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    San Lorenzo de El Escorial (2)

    by andal13 Updated Jul 15, 2003

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    San Lorenzo de El Escorial

    Another perspective of San Lorenzo de El Escorial.

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    Otra perspectiva del monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial.

    (Si quieres más información, puedes visitar mi página de El Escorial.)

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    San Lorenzo de El Escorial (1)

    by andal13 Updated Jul 15, 2003

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    El Escorial

    Escorial is a town on the hills, where is the most awsome building of Provincia de Madrid: San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Monastery, palace, church, library, royal pantheon, its construction was ordered by King Felipe II (Philip the Second) at 1563.
    The town by the monastery is quiet and nice, and there I spent the first (and only) "white Christmas" of my life.

    (If you want more info, you can check my El Escorial page.)

    El Escorial es un pueblo en la sierra, en donde se encuentra el más impresionante edificio de la Provincia de Madrid: San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Monasterio, palacio, iglesia, biblioteca, panteón real, su construcción fue ordenada por el Rey Felipe II en 1563. El pueblo ubicado en las cercanías del monasterio es tranquilo y bonito, y en él pasé la primera (y única) "Navidad blanca" de mi vida.

    (Si quieres más información, puedes visitar mi página de El Escorial.)

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    Have a drink or fight a bull?

    by andal13 Updated Jul 15, 2003

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    Chinch��n Circus

    Chinchón Circus seems to be a typical small town circus, surrounded by ancient buildings with beautiful balconies. Some restaurants and pubs place their tables on it, so you can have a "chinchón" (dry aniseed liquor on the rocks) or a cup of sherry, and enjoy the sunlight. But somethimes, tables are put away... and the circus becomes a bullfight ring!!!

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    La plaza principal de Chinchón aparenta ser la típica plaza de pueblo, rodeada de edificios antiguos con hermosos balcones. Algunos restaurantes y bares ponen sus mesas en ella, por lo que puedes tomar un "chinchón" (anís seco con hielo) o una copa de jerez, y disfruta del sol. Pero algunas veces, las mesas se guardan... ¡¡¡y la plaza pueblerina se transforma en plaza de toros!!!!

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    The garlics salesman

    by andal13 Updated Jul 15, 2003

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    The garlic salesman

    Chinchón has a very particular character: the garlics salesman. Sat on his chair, this old man works with garlics, chilipeppers and other stuff inside an odd room. He is the most famous person in town, and he is very proud of the pictures every tourist takes him.
    You can buy some aromatic garlics there, and after that, go to a very particular bakery across the circus; there you will find dolls, family shields and lots of things made of bread!!!

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    Chinchón tiene un personaje muy particular: el vendedor de ajos. Sentado en su silla, este viejito trabaja con ajos, pimientos y otras cosas dentro de una habitación muy particular. Es la persona más famosa del pueblo, y está muy orgulloso de las fotos que los turistas le sacan. Puedes comprar algunos ajos perfumados allí, y luego ir a la panadería que queda al otro lado de la plaza, y allí encontrarás muñecos, escudos familiares y todo tipo de objetos hechos de pan.

    (Si quieres más información, puedes visitar mi página de Chinchón.)

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    Chinchón: so close and so far

    by andal13 Updated Jul 15, 2003

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    Arts and crafts

    Probably the most picturesque and delightful town at Provinica de Madrid, Chinchón seems to live at 16th century. The village lays nearby a hill with a ruined castle on the top, protagonist of bloody fights in the past.
    Narrow streets, balconies, and a special atmosphere, makes Chinchón an unforgettable place.

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    Probablemente el pueblo más pintoresco y encantador de la Provincia de Madrid, Chinchón parece vivir en el siglo XVI. El pueblo se asienta a los pies de una colina que en su cima tiene las ruinas de un castillo, que fue protagonista de sangrientas luchas en el pasado. Estrechas callejuelas, balcones, y una atmósfera especial, hacen de Chinchón un lugar inolvidable.

    (Si quieres más información, puedes visitar mi página de Chinchón.)

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    Madrid Mountains

    by aeroarce Written Apr 25, 2003

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    Navacerrada

    At about 60km or around an hour by train you can easily reach Madrid Mountains.
    Cotos, Navacerrada, Siete Picos, La Mujer Muerta, La Maliciosa, El Monte Abantos,... there are a lot of options to hike, walka or bike around. There exist forest paths linking one and other side of the Sierra and towns, you can also ski.

    The pic was taken from La Barranca close to Navacerrada.

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    La Barranca

    by aeroarce Written Apr 25, 2003

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    Me at la Barranca

    This is a natural place near the village of Navacerrada, at Madrid's mountains. The place is superb and a great walk between pines an jaras. You reach the entrance after passing a ruined hospital and there is a litle dum (where the pic was taken). At that level you have two parkings to leave the car (almost the only way to get there). Then a track starts going up mountain following a river, it has some recreational areas to pic-nic, and you can follow the path or loose your self on any of the litle paths that start along and walk around.

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    TO TOLEDO......

    by eden_teuling Written Apr 22, 2003

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    EL GRECO STUDIO TOLEDO...

    S/he who visits MADRID should have a day off and travel to TOLEDO.

    It is situated on a granite hill above the river TAGUS and is the Capital of Toledo Province.

    This city is famou from Moorish times for SWORDS, and STEEL, TEXTILE manufacturing.

    It is the seat of the Spanish Primate . In 1085 it was conquored by CASTILE, the capital of Spain until 1561.

    There is a wonderful 13th Century Cathedral, it was home to the famous PAINTER El GRECO (El Greco's Studio can also be visited).
    Many churches have works painted by this great Artist.

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    AVILA

    by Chus69 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    My 31 birthday...

    As you have read before, during my 31 & 32 birthdays, my friends, my wife and even me were drinking good wine and eating 'Tapas' in some places of Avila. This city is rather little and, of course, chepaer than Madrid.
    The following year, we will not repeat the same hard experience: we will move to Zamora' 2.003, so if you are interested on have a nice party and enjoy with me and my friends, don't miss your time and send me a message to put in contact with you!
    Next Birthday's Party: March 1st, 2.003.

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    Toledo Cathedral

    by Sharrie Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Toledo Cathedral

    TOLEDO CATHEDRAL: Built on the site of a 7th century church the cathedral began work in 1226 & was only completed in 1493. Due to this, mixture of styles (French Gothic on the exterior & Spanish decorative on the interior) can be found here.

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    TOLEDO

    by Sharrie Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Toledo

    TOLEDO: This historic center is not in the Madrid Province but in Central Spain. However, a day excursion is available from Madrid & I was lucky enough to sign up on one of those tour to see & experience the rich history of this old city which was a capital in the 6th century (that of Visigoths). In the middle age, this wonderful city is the melting pot of Christian, Muslim & Jewish cultures. Toledo is best explored on foot and walking around the medieval buildings & Jewish quarters gave me a very good idea about what's it like in the medieval times.

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    MONASTERIO DEL ESCORIAL

    by Hosell Updated Jan 5, 2003

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    Also you can do an excursion to MONASTERIO DEL ESCORIAL.Also known as the 8th World Wonder!!.Have 14 KM. of Corridors!!,and you can see here also very good paintings. On this Monastery is where are buried all our Queens and Kings,don't miss a visit to the Sepulcro Real.

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    Toledo

    by acemj Written Dec 14, 2002

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    If you're looking for a great daytrip from Madrid, I would suggest Toledo. It's about an hour and a half by train from Madrid and the city is indeed magical. You'll see the city of El Greco's paintings still retains its Medieval qualities. Check out my Toledo page for more information.

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