Monday, July 20, 2015

The Streets of Madrid


 "Love of God Street"  

What a blessed name for a street! We should all be so fortunate to live on a street with a name like this.

Calle de la Sal

Someone thought to enliven this building.  Nice comic balcony scenes. 

Calle Cervantes

Both Miguel de Cervantes and Lope de Vega lived on this street. And the Lope de Vega house is open to visitors. You have to reserve to join a tour of his house but the small garden is open to all.

Tea Shop in Huertas neihborhood

Where there's tea, there's hope.

Street sweeper, Plaza Jacinto Benavente 

"If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or as Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well'." Martin Luther King, Jr.

Calle de las Hileras

Details distinguish the extraordinary from the mundane.

Calle de las Huertas (Barrio de las Letras)

Ah, isn't it true my angel of love?
That on this secluded shore
The moon shines clear and pure
And one breathes better?  José Zorilla from the play, Don Juan Tenorio (1844)

The streets of Madrid are full of surprises. Look up and you'll see murals, wrought iron balconies, well thought out street names inscribed on tile, sculptures and statues. Look down and you'll read passages from a poem or a novel by famous Spanish writers. There's so much going on at eye level that it's easy to be distracted. But a slow walk through these streets will make you a Madrid tour guide in no time, (if only to your close relatives and friends). Disfrute!

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Images by TravelswithCharie



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