Sunday, 14 January 2018

Madrid, Spain (Double Tree by Hilton, Madrid – Prado)

After breakfast, I got ready for a short walk to Buen Retiro Park. It was cold outside, but today was expected to be partly sunny with a high of 45 F degrees. See:  (The red arrow shows the location of my hotel)

I was attracted to the park because it seemed like a great place to visit on a Sunday and to see many Madrid locals enjoying the park with family and friends. I’ve also been lax on getting my daily steps. The one feature that I’m interested in seeing is the park’s Crystal Palace which was constructed in 1887 to exhibit flora and fauna from the Philippines.

On the way to the park, I took pictures of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and a cathedral.

The park, from what I understand, has several entrances. The one I went through was formal and also inviting.

The park also has numerous wide boulevards where people can walk, run, or bike. No cars. Diagonal walkways connect the boulevards through the forested areas within the park. I was particularly drawn to the tall trees with wide canopies.

Statues have been placed throughout the park. One in particular is well-known and interesting – Fountain of the Fallen Angel.

The Crystal Palace would seem to be out of place in the park, but once you walk around it and see it through the trees it somehow works very well into its surroundings. There was a long line of people waiting to get inside to view an exhibition, but I was satisfied with just seeing it from the outside.

A short distance away is a large man-made lake where people could rent a boat to row around the lake and also a few cafés were located nearby. I had a quick bite to eat at one of these cafés before continuing with my walk. 

The last boulevard that I walked down was very wide and about a mile long. I took another boulevard towards my hotel and exited the park through there. I would definitely like to visit this park again later in the year.

On the way out of the park, I passed several stalls and tables filled with books. Stacks and stacks of books. If someone was interested in finding a book at a good price, this is where you should visit.

Have no idea what this building is about. Just thought it was interesting, so I took its picture.

After I returned to to the hotel I realized that I covered a lot of ground today. Think I pretty much covered this part of the city. My Segway tour tomorrow will take me to the other side of the city where the national palace and cathedral are located and to see some of the older parts of Madrid.


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