The answer may be in another few questions: how many poems have been written about love? How many paintings of the Rouen Cathedral did Claude Monet paint? Every author reflects on familiar topics through their own eyes, experience and mood at the moment. So here it is my unique late summer 2013 trip to Spain…
The first day in Madrid we found ourselves
in a strange little hotel in the Latina neighborhood
with very few hotels but with a lot of fruit shops
and cheap local bars. The hotel is a creative
remodeling job of a medieval building with the
original staircase and a room with a weird
configuration and even stranger plumbing.
Asymmetrical toilet anyone?
Or a separate wood paneled shower with a view on the rooftops and a little rainbow from the morning sunlight.
We woke up to the beautiful sunny day and following advice of a very lovely hotel receptionist, we went to the local flea market. The market is very popular with both locals and tourists. Locals are buying very cheap clothes and home goods, while tourists marvel the huge selection of flamenco accessories and other traditional specialties.
Add to this street musicians, other performance artists and you have a perfect Sunday morning in Madrid!
The city is grand and beautiful!
Retiro park is a former property of the Spanish royal family and the main green space in Madrid.
It has a strange trees with round bark.
Inside the park is lovely Museo National Centro de Arte (part of Reina Sofia).
It has a fascinating exhibit of Brazilian artist Cildo Meireles. Here is an Indian teepee made of banknotes from all American countries erected over pile of bones and surrounded by candles.
And here are thousand of books with photographs of sea water in a constructed representation of the ocean.
The Crystal Palace is a marvelous glass building decorated with mosaic and tiles
From the green heart of the city to the traditional center – Plaza Mayor gathering place which every old respectful European city must have. Surrounded by grand buildings, with a king on the horse in the middle, what can be more traditional and lovely than this?
West of the plaza is Mercado San Miguel a historical market rebuilt as a gourmet food court very popular among wealthy locals and tourists.
Near the plaza in a lovely art nouveau café we took a break for traditional churro and hot chocolate.
Life is beautiful!