The photos below are what we saw.
The Tio Pepe sign is
truly iconic - it has been in existence since the
1930's. The Netflix sign, obviously, is a bit newer.
road system is measured from this origin. Literally, all
roads lead to Madrid.
guards at the mayor's palace have the funkiest hats ever: similar
to plastic dog bowls with flat sides in the rear.
describes combat against the invasion of Napolean's troops in
government building we passed on our way to the Royal Palace.
a large cathedral just south of the Royal Palace: Catderal de La
front of the cathedral was recent, in European terms.
Shooting into the sun was problematic with strong shadows, but with a bit of post-processing the results were acceptable. The fellows with the blue hat and shirts were in town for the soccer game.
alcove at the front of the cathedral had this statue of the
were looking at the front of the cathedral, the Madrid police
came to confront the two young girls on the right. I
assume that they were pick-pockets as they were immediately
identified by the officers and separated from the other
(obviously American) tourists to the left. The officer on
the right is writing a citation after he searched their bags.
the grounds of the Royal Palace we got a better view of the
cathedral. In the foreground is the fence of the palace.
royal palace was quite imposing, one of the larger structures of
its type in the world. The original building, the Alcazar
palace of the Spanish Hapsburgs, was destroyed by a fire in 1734
and subsequently rebuilt by 1764.
A beautiful palace, worthy of a king. Literally.
and ornate lamp posts in the courtyard.
internal walkways featured arched ceilings of kiln-baked bricks.
up, the brickwork on the arches created interesting patterns.
the palace on the tour, we could see some of the
treasures. While never stated, this clock is likely solid
III on horseback.
intricate clock with inlaid wood and gold glint.
III was not a handsome fellow, but he had the palace anyway.
king'l bed chambers.
interior courtyard had a variety of carved stone statues.
the frescoes on the ceiling; quit astounding.
title on the statue tells the story.
husband, they were married in 1469 and their marriage unified
Spain. The later funded Columbus' exploration of the New
royal palaces should have statues on the crest of the
roof. Sadly, it was too far away to read any inscriptions.
just to the east of the Royal Palace.
when I say "nice knockers" I get slapped, but here is an
exception. This was on a doorway near the Royal Palace.
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