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Old April 8th, 2013, 10:17 PM   #1
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Madrid

This is going to be a very eclectic collection of photos as I've taken a bunch of pictures since January and they're mostly mixed up, I'll add on as time goes by. I'll also try to write something about what's going on or whats the story behind the photos as best I can.

(The thread may include some pictures from Getafe, Toledo, Segovia and Valencia)

¡Entonces, vamos a ver!


El Clásico in Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid just scored. I was a bit unsure about who to root for as my first time in Spain was in Barcelona so... I didn't really mind who won, I was just happy to be there. And as luck would have it, the match ended 1-1, something for everyone!

Two of the best players in the world doing their thing:

Messi running past everyone.


Ronaldo shooting free kicks.


Street kitchen in Getafe.




This is from a walk to Cerro de los Ángeles (Hill of The Angels) in Getafe. It was a bit rainy.


View from the hill.


More. The weather didn't provide that much light and I had to jam my camera through a barbed-wire, so the result is a bit sketchy. Someone should walk up there with a tripod and a 300mm lens and I think it would make for nice photos (Mine is maxed out at 200mm)


Walk back. Airbus!


View down a street with all the towers.


Puerta de Europa.


Troublemaker.


The tallest towers.


Some guy doing Tai-Chi at a nice sporting center nearby Nuevos Ministerios. He might have seen me take the photo because he stopped doing that after I took it.
I think its called Canal de Isabella 2 but then I also see "Canal de Isabella 2" on a lot of manhole covers, so I'm not sure.


They have a driving range and a miniature golf course (not mini-golf). I tried going in there but some guy came and chased me away. I think it's private or something.




This is from the cable-car running in Casa de Campo, I like mountains.




I know there's a Cercanias line that's supposed to run straight up to the mountains (?).


Madrid Barajas in January.


View from Getafe towards Madrid.
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Old April 8th, 2013, 11:22 PM   #2
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Very nice pics! I'm waiting for more.
Can you post some of them (not many, I specially love the skyline ones) here?
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Old April 9th, 2013, 12:09 AM   #3
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Great pictures. Keep them coming.
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Old April 9th, 2013, 01:35 AM   #4
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Nice thread Joka. I loved your pics, they're better than the ones I do about Madrid even if it's my own city.

And yes, there is a Commuter Train that goes into the mountains. You need to go first to Cercedilla and from there take the train, here you have some info about it:
https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%A...del_Guadarrama
http://www.cercedilla.es/webturismo/...ren-cercedilla
Unfortunately these links are in Spanish but I think with Google translator you can get the idea as well.

It's a really famous route for those who like nauture, and it's fun also if you like trains as the one that take you to the mountains is a very old model that was used decades ago as a mainstream.

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Old April 9th, 2013, 03:53 AM   #5
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Canal de Isabel II ( http://www.cyii.es/ente/ ) is the public organism that manages water in Madrid region but they also have some sport and cultural venues.
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Old April 9th, 2013, 05:00 AM   #6
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wow amazing pictures
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Old April 9th, 2013, 11:06 AM   #7
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awesome, great photos from Madrid....thanks Joka.
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Old April 9th, 2013, 10:46 PM   #8
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Very nice pics! I'm waiting for more.
Can you post some of them (not many, I specially love the skyline ones) here?
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Sure, thanks.

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Great pictures. Keep them coming.
Thank you, don't expect the rest to be good though.

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Nice thread Joka. I loved your pics, they're better than the ones I do about Madrid even if it's my own city.

And yes, there is a Commuter Train that goes into the mountains. You need to go first to Cercedilla and from there take the train, here you have some info about it:
https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%A...del_Guadarrama
http://www.cercedilla.es/webturismo/...ren-cercedilla
Unfortunately these links are in Spanish but I think with Google translator you can get the idea as well.

It's a really famous route for those who like nauture, and it's fun also if you like trains as the one that take you to the mountains is a very old model that was used decades ago as a mainstream.
Hah, google translator. No necesito, hablo español muy bien.

Thanks for the link, I'll look in to it.

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Canal de Isabel II ( http://www.cyii.es/ente/ ) is the public organism that manages water in Madrid region but they also have some sport and cultural venues.
How come the golf course is off limits if it's public?

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Old April 9th, 2013, 10:50 PM   #9
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Good photos.
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Old April 10th, 2013, 11:28 PM   #11
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How come the golf course is off limits if it's public?
Public doesn't mean free... but maybe it's not public, I don't know what's the current situation... there are a lot of possibilities... probably it's a private bussiness near a Canal de Isabel II building... I think that the deposit water number 3 of the city is there (and underground) so probably it's a private golf course over a public rented land...
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Old April 11th, 2013, 04:57 AM   #12
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How come the golf course is off limits if it's public?
I think in golf courses, there are some areas which are "off limits" as those are where the balls are going/flying and that's to protect people from being hit by those balls.
BTW, your photos are really great and thanks for sharing them....will check for more.
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This is why i want to go back!!
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Old May 14th, 2013, 09:58 PM   #14
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Some more


Atocha trainstation




An abandoned trainstation not far from Atocha






Retiro, in March I think












Plaza de Cibeles, looks like there won't be a party there this year :/








Gran Vía


El Oso

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Old May 14th, 2013, 10:01 PM   #15
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And yes, there is a Commuter Train that goes into the mountains. You need to go first to Cercedilla and from there take the train, here you have some info about it:
https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%A...del_Guadarrama
http://www.cercedilla.es/webturismo/...ren-cercedilla
Unfortunately these links are in Spanish but I think with Google translator you can get the idea as well.

It's a really famous route for those who like nauture, and it's fun also if you like trains as the one that take you to the mountains is a very old model that was used decades ago as a mainstream.
I tried to do some sightseeing with The Cercanias. I thought that since they have the gates at each station, I can just ride around with the train (with my 2 zone ticket) without any problems as long as I don't get off the station.... Wrong! Apparently they don't have gates alittle further out but ticket inspectors!
Luckily the guy didn't fine me.

I went to El escorial this weekend and climbed up a hill though. I'll post some pictures soon.
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Old May 16th, 2013, 12:23 AM   #16
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I tried to do some sightseeing with The Cercanias. I thought that since they have the gates at each station, I can just ride around with the train (with my 2 zone ticket) without any problems as long as I don't get off the station.... Wrong! Apparently they don't have gates alittle further out but ticket inspectors!
Luckily the guy didn't fine me.

I went to El escorial this weekend and climbed up a hill though. I'll post some pictures soon.
Yes... the ... ohhh soorry, I'm a poor guiri usually works hahahaha

Did you get out of the station? it's something that I always have doubt if it's allowed as sometimes I meet with friends in the platform (instead of the street to avoid paying a trip more) and from there we go together to our common destination.

P.S. I haven't seen an inspector of Cercanías nor Metro in my whole life... and I take a train twice daily beween two stations without gates.
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Nice pics!
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I tried to do some sightseeing with The Cercanias. I thought that since they have the gates at each station, I can just ride around with the train (with my 2 zone ticket) without any problems as long as I don't get off the station.... Wrong! Apparently they don't have gates alittle further out but ticket inspectors!
Luckily the guy didn't fine me.

I went to El escorial this weekend and climbed up a hill though. I'll post some pictures soon.

Great pictures again, man.

I can´t wait to see El Escorial from the hill.
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Old May 16th, 2013, 11:56 PM   #19
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Yes... the ... ohhh soorry, I'm a poor guiri usually works hahahaha

Did you get out of the station? it's something that I always have doubt if it's allowed as sometimes I meet with friends in the platform (instead of the street to avoid paying a trip more) and from there we go together to our common destination.

P.S. I haven't seen an inspector of Cercanías nor Metro in my whole life... and I take a train twice daily beween two stations without gates.
Yeah, I tried to play a confused tourist heading to Sol (when the train was around Torredolones, ~25km NW of Sol). I don't think he bought it but just said I should turn around.

I never got off the platform. I had only ever seen Cercanias stations with gates so I figured no harm done as long as I get off at the station I'm supposed to. I've already run in to two inspectors.

Here's one of Madrid from (halfway on top of) a mountain next to El Escorial (~45km from Madrid). The sun happened to be reflecting exactly from The Bankia tower. The distance between the towers on the right (Nuevos Ministerios) and the Cuatro Torres on the left is about 3,5km, in previous photos in this thread they have looked quite tight. Would be nice with some filling there.

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That's Torre de Europa I, most commonly known as torres KIO.

Torre Bankia is the 4th of the big towers at the left side of the photo.
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