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having fallen in love with Spain when I spent the summer there in 2001,
I was determined to go back. I would have gone back earlier, but I
needed to pay off the loan that I used for the first trip. This time,
Crissy, a good friend of mine from college, went with me.
Here we are after having just gotten out of the airport
in Madrid (waiting for the Metro). I think at this point I had gotten
my second wind.
Some sort of 'art' in central Madrid. It was a bunch
of books flowing out of a window. I'm not sure what it meant, but
A view from the balcony of our room.
Barklay tower near the Plaza de Colón.
Plaza de España, I believe.
Templo de Debod. An actual ancient Egyptian temple
in Madrid. It was a gift from the Egyptian government to the Spanish
government for their help in saving some monuments in Egypt.
A fountain at night on Gran Vía.
A fountain in Reiro Park.
And a garden path in Retiro.
Gran Vía at night.
Another shot of Gran Vía, this time from further
I took this at the Plaza de Ventas, the bullfighting
arena of Madrid. They were lining the top of a walkway at the plaza.
A shot of a Metro tunnel.
Here's Crissy visualizing our annoyance at the street
performer in the background. He was playing a recorder and kept
us from having a nice nap after our long trip.
The Crystal Palace in Retiro Park. Notice how the
water is frozen. I accidentally had the camera on stop-action.
The Roayl Palace.
Some sort of local fast-food restaurant. They even
have a website pinkpollo.com
Puerta de Alcalá.
Just an intriguing picture of the sky.
A nice skyline picture of old Madrid. This makes a
great desktop picture.
Fun with funhouse mirrors.
A narrow street, right out of a nold book.
Another narrow street. It's so odd to see cars on
these streets that were designed hundreds of years ago for mostly