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Old August 1st, 2012, 01:23 AM   #161
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491. The famous Prado museum, one of Madrid's hotspots. People were willing to stay in row for hours in +30 degrees...



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494. Retiro park - main park in Madrid's centre. It's a large and nicely landscaped area, really good place to relax. I wonder what "retiro" means - something like "retired"?



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496. There is a pond in the centre of park where people can hire boats.



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499. Crystal Palace, another highlight of the park



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502. Another palace!



503. Place to drink Sangrija next to it



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505. It should be fantastic - to live in that highrise. Right next to Retiro park and with a view over the city... We'll return to this highrise a bit later.

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Old August 3rd, 2012, 03:55 PM   #162
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Very nice pictures! You did a good job in picturing the architecture aswell the people
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Old August 3rd, 2012, 07:07 PM   #163
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wow, your pictures are amazing
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Old August 4th, 2012, 02:34 AM   #164
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Thank you, guys.

Again some night views of Madrid's main streets on my way back to hotel:

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509. Post office building. We'll return to it in next pictures.



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514. Telefonica building's clock. Somehow fascinated me for at least 10 minutes.



515. Perfect urbanity...



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519. This fountain was surrounded by many drunk but friendly people, celebrating the Spanish night.

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Old August 4th, 2012, 11:21 PM   #165
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520. Next morning - my last day in Madrid.



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523. An obligate thing when visiting every city is to see it from above. After unsuccesful attempt with Moncloa tower I didn't gave up and went into the tourist centre to ask from where else it's possible. This is not the strongest side of Madrid - only this building of Post office (which is also not very high) was offered.



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525. Inside the building. The entrance to viewing platform was for free, but it was allowed only about 15-20 minutes to be up there for one group. It's too less for me to take proper amount of aerial pics, using both wider and telezoom lenses. I applied for another group and went up second time as well.



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527. View to traffic ring right in front of the building.



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529. Madrid's centre main streets and impressive buildings



530. Gran Via to the right side



531. View to modern part, Azca district in distance



532. The cool additional affect for Madrid's skyline comes from the mountains in background



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534. However, the usual rooftop scene is not that beautiful. Looks rather chaotic and disharmoniuous



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537. So, better take a look back to Gran Via Art Deco beauties



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544. Here the zoom reaches the suburbs of Madrid. It's interesting - it seems Madrid has no private housing suburbs? Those buildings on the border area of the city and countryside are multiflat apartment houses, apparently, and the similar view were also to other parts.



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546. An army of cranes far away... Wasn't the real estate bubble exploded yet in last summer in Spain?



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548. View to Retiro park side



549. And to Old Town



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552. Quatro Torres in background



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554. Thanks to historical Post office for giving the aerial perspective on Madrid, but now we must go further on hot July afternoon on Madrid's streets. A couple of hours left to visit one more district of the city - and, man, that was also a beautiful one...

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Old August 5th, 2012, 11:28 PM   #166
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544. Here the zoom reaches the suburbs of Madrid. It's interesting - it seems Madrid has no private housing suburbs? Those buildings on the border area of the city and countryside are multiflat apartment houses, apparently, and the similar view were also to other parts.
no, there are lot of private housing suburbs, but you can't see it from the post building(that nowadays is the city hall)


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546. An army of cranes far away... Wasn't the real estate bubble exploded yet in last summer in Spain?
well, but there are lot of projects that were better planed, and also there are a lot of public housing that still being built. The country is not completely stopped


and once again, great pictures!!
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Old August 7th, 2012, 01:21 AM   #167
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Vecais, first thanks again for your beautiful pictures and impressions.

Second, people wait outside Prado Museum only because they don´t buy their tickets by internet. I always do and avoid all that.

Third, Retiro means retirement. The name of the park is because it used to be a place where the Spanish kings went to rest. It had a palace in the middle of it that was partly burnt. Now you can see a part of it near Prado Museum. In the XVII century the kings used to celebrate there gigantic operas, theatre productions and things like that.

In the XX century the park was opened for the public.

Forth, the better place to see Madrid from the top is the Circulo de Bellas Artes. There you can stay as long as you want. It´s near Gran Vía and it´s higher than the old Post Office. So you can get a better view. Maybe next time you come?
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Old August 7th, 2012, 02:18 PM   #168
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Congratulations for all this beautiful pics! Really nice! and great job
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Old August 15th, 2012, 12:56 AM   #169
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Forth, the better place to see Madrid from the top is the Circulo de Bellas Artes. There you can stay as long as you want. It´s near Gran Vía and it´s higher than the old Post Office. So you can get a better view. Maybe next time you come?
Thanks for this (and all the other) info! You should go work in Madrid tourism info centre, as they couldn't tell me this But, yes, I already miss Madrid, and I'm sure that someday I will return to this city - then will try out that place.
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555. We're on the way to last area to visit in this trip... and passing by once again Retiro park.



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557. Great looking church



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559. The street leads us forward...



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561. Here we are at the high apartment building previously seen from Retiro park. Imho, a dream place (one of) to live in Madrid in it's higher floors (although itself it looks quite brutal of course, but you don't have to worry about it if you live in it).



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566. And here we are. It's Salamanca district, another very beautiful and charming area of Madrid. We'll continue with it next time what will be the last part of this thread.

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Old August 19th, 2012, 01:54 AM   #171
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Lovely pictures.

I think the Salamanca neighbourhood is quite interesting although many tourist miss it.

I´m very fond to see your pictures, Vecais.
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So, this is the last bunch of photos from my trip in July 2011 to two of the most charming cities I've ever been to. Hopefully it was interesting to you!

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572. As I promised - Salamanca district. A beautiful avenue sneaking through it. One of the reasons why I love Madrid are those avenues...



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575. Salamanca seems to be one of the best places to live in Madrid. Apartment prices should be high there. But is it mostly apartment or offices nieghbourhood (question to Spanish forumers)?



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577. I was quite fascinated by this pavement. It made me feel the charm of 20th Century beginning atmosphere (although I doubt it is so old actually).



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582. The most brutal church I've seen!



583. There are also an interesting modern architecture in the area



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586. Some shopping centre. I was thirsty and hungry and searched for place to sit down to eat and drink something, but in this centre it wasn't on the first floor and it was quite crowdy inside there that I didn't wanted to search on higher floors.



587. Cool historical corner building.



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589. Now I'm back to Madrid Barajas. My flight back to Brussels Charleroi you can find in the middle tab. I have long night ahead, in the airport, and then after another one in Charleroi ariport before my flight to Riga. It was hard (I slept short time), but beautiful! In Charleroi airport, I could listen to an interesting talk between an Irish woman who'll visit Stockholm to see hers grand-son participating in athletics championship, an Iraqi middle-aged man who lives in Stockholm as an fugitive from Iraq, and a guy from Ghana who studies in Europe (don't remember it was Stockholm or some other city).



590. In Barajas, I took bus to visit the airport's new terminal which is located some 10 km from all other terminals! One of coolest terminals I've seen.



591. Quatro Torres seen from Barajas new terminal. Bye bye Madrid!

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wow, great new pictures!!!
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Super shots of Madrid - wonderful summer light as well. How did the heat feel, dry or humid? You certainly got around considering.
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Yes, the heat felt very dry - in comparison to humid heat in Baltic summers it's like to be baked on a frying-pan, not boiled in water.
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Yes, the heat felt very dry - in comparison to humid heat in Baltic summers it's like to be baked on a frying-pan, not boiled in water.
Haha, it´s a good comparison.

And about your question, I think that Salamanca district can have 30% of offices and 70% of residences. It´s still a place of residence for high class people and a good place for offices of lawyers, economists, doctors and so on.

Excellent pictures, as always. I´m simply in love with that light.

Thanks again Vecais.
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Thanks so much for the lovely pictures and I'm eagerly waiting to visit these places.
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