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Old December 5th, 2011, 02:06 AM   #121
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Vecais, you can´t imagine how much I´m enjoying seeing your pictures today. Not only because Madrid is part of my life like Riga is part of yours, but also because you have lots of good pictures, with interesting angles and some really good panoramics like those in Calle Alcalá (the grand street you mentioned that goes to the fountain of Cibeles).

Thanks man, really a big job.
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Old December 16th, 2011, 11:46 PM   #122
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AZCA district is Madrid's business highrise area which was planned already right after WW2, started to develop only in 70ies, and even now isn't too large, if compared to Paris' La Defense or Frankfurt, or London.

It consists of several nice office towers and a brutalist style lower buildings, right besides there are also several apartment buildings. We start with them.

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389. Looks like a very quality buildings



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392. When I look at these pictures now these AZCA highrises looks really cool but I when I was on place I somehow wasn't too delighted wandering around this area. Probably because I was very exhausted of Madrid's hot day and desperately looked for a place with cold beer or a shop with cold drinks but there wasn't one in AZCA. Btw, the prices in Madrid can vary very much depending on shop - for one and the same Fanta bottle you can pay from 1 EUR to more than 2.



393. Torre Europa - 121 m high (just like Riga's Swedbank tower), built in 1985.



394. Torre Picasso is the highest one in this area - it's height is 157 metres. Looks amazing with it's white color, especially on blue sky background.



395. Torre Mahou (Mahou is a popular Spanish beer) with it's 100 metres is high enough to be 16th highest building in Madrid.



396. Banco De Bilbao (107 metres) is another elegant-looking tower here.



397. Looking back to Europa tower, appreciating it's technocratic beauty



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399. New tower U/C



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402. Madrid's Real Santiago Bernabeu stadium. After seeing the row at entrance I gave up a thought to visit it and went to the finally found beer place near by.

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Old December 17th, 2011, 10:50 AM   #123
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Awesome photos....thank you for sharing.
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Old December 17th, 2011, 01:34 PM   #124
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Madrid doesn't tend to focus its business, we have not a CBD like Paris or Frankfurt, our headquarters are in Castellana but also in highways: A2, A6, M30, M40... in Alcobendas, in Méndez Álvaro, etc. widely spaced.
The idea is to build a huge CBD in northern Madrid, "Operación Chamartín", but crisis is slowing the project.
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Old December 20th, 2011, 07:12 AM   #125
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great pics!
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Old December 20th, 2011, 07:31 PM   #126
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Amazing, very nice new updates from Madrid
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Old December 20th, 2011, 08:11 PM   #127
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It is incredible that people say Brussels is boring and ugly, even people who have been there! Judging from the pictures it belongs in the top 10, in the same league is Vienna and not far from Paris.

And Madrid that I visited earlier this year is perhaps my favourite European city.

Incredible pics!
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Old December 21st, 2011, 03:14 AM   #128
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yes, Brussels is very nice, I don't know why people criticize the city
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Old January 9th, 2012, 09:11 PM   #129
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403. I went one or two metro stations further...



404. And in one of those I saw this amazing... thing. I don't know how to call it, but it was moving and very cool. Can you tell something more about this?



405. I get out next to Quatro Torrres area, 4 impressive tall and modern skyscrapers. Yet I still had to find a way closer to them and I started to walk in that direction (my map didn't showed this area)



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407. One of Madrid's train stations somewhere there



408. I liked this area with apartment blocks. They surely look very fresh and planning is very cosy. I sat down on a bench here and drunk another one Lemon Fanta (we don't have it here in Latvia, only Orange Fanta which tastes too sweet for me and when was in Brussels I fell in love with Lemon one and was happy to find it also in Madrid) while observing this building and thinking why some flats have conditioners and some not.



409. Windows closed because of hotness and sun. But that spoils the appearence though, looks a bit like fortress.



410. Great place!



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Old January 9th, 2012, 09:26 PM   #130
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Nice highrises!
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Old January 10th, 2012, 07:23 PM   #131
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Great, very nice updates from Madrid
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Old January 11th, 2012, 03:59 AM   #132
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Modern Madrid looks good. Much better than other big European cities modern architecture.
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Old January 11th, 2012, 06:01 AM   #133
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nice, thanks for the updates...
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Old January 11th, 2012, 11:51 AM   #134
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Quote:
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403. I went one or two metro stations further...
404. And in one of those I saw this amazing... thing. I don't know how to call it, but it was moving and very cool. Can you tell something more about this?

Thanx for sharing your beautifull pics!.I love this artistic mural in Chamartín station too! ,a matrix waterfall of numbers 22x40 meters by Vicente Patón & Alberto Tellería>>>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jz2V8HdeWcM

And yes,Cardachon is right,those commieblocks arent painted in brown,just natural bricks colour with no paint,altough,i agree with you,i find them too repetitive and a little bit depressing,most of them are from Franco's era or inspired in that kind of look.

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Old March 16th, 2012, 11:50 PM   #135
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This time we are going to visit Quatro Torres area in close-up

412. Some nature on the way there. I was positively surprised to see my favorite trees - poplars - also in Madrid.



413. Some small and empty park (except of some dog who ran around there)



414. Approaching towers



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416. This place is amazing exactly because of that there are only 4 those scrapers in the field of (almost) nowhere. The lonely feeling gives a cool effect there.



417. Don't ask me which one I like the most. Each one is nice in it's own way.



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Old March 17th, 2012, 02:30 PM   #136
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The city on picture 6 looks very Dutch for some reason. Orange roofs, dense, and a typical central area. Not sure, could also be in Belgium or Germany.

Nice pictures!
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Old March 17th, 2012, 04:13 PM   #137
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Old March 21st, 2012, 02:15 PM   #138
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Very nice pictures indeed and good explanations to understand how are the places.
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419. A bit closer to centre, some 1 km away from Quatro Torres, there is the famous leaning Kio towers, built in both sides of the city's important magistral.



420. Some unusual building between standard apartments



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424. Composition of zoomed Quatro Torres and a golden obelisk.

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wow!! amazing pictures!!
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