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Old May 21st, 2009, 02:40 AM   #41
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Wonderful pictures Mike. I really like your sight of the city

Just a couple points:

- Palacio de Telecomunicaciones is now under construction to be the new City Hall of Madrid

- Ready, steady, go is "preparados, listos, ya". It's nice that you are trying to introduce yourself in the language too hehe

Waiting forward for the next pics
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Old May 22nd, 2009, 11:08 AM   #42
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Wow, again impressive pictures, Mike.


Did you go up to the roof of the Penthouse Hotel? There is a terrace there with a wonderful view.

Thanks again.
No I didn't, I didn't realise one could just go up to the terrace, I'm sure you can get some wonderful views from there. Well once again, there's another thing to add to my list of things to do when I next visit sometime .

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Great shots.

I will be there soon. Staying at Plaza Santa Ana!

The Gran Via must be the most imposing street in Europe! It gives me a Chicago feel somehow.
Oooo, lovely. Plaza Santa Ana is fantastic, a lovely little atmospheric corner of the city with wonderful sights and sounds. I agree about Gran Via, it's an incredible street - an example of the lengths people went to in the past to transform what was once a poorer area between two very important parts of the city.

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Sorry, Mike, I wanted to answer you sooner, but I couldn´t.

I hope you had a good time in Extremandura and Andalucía too. It´s a good time to visit there, before the strong heat of the summertime and with quite interesting places to go to.

I see the crisis is beating eveywhere. At least the center of Bristol is finished. Here we had two important projects -the river and the reform of Paseo del Prado- that are going veeeeery slowly for lack of money. Anyway, let´s hope that crisis will soon be over and the cranes of Bristol and all the cities of this forum start again working quickly.

Apart from that, your last pictures are again beautiful. I like very much the pictures of detail. It seems you have a good camera, don´t you? Thanks again. cheers:
Oh, woops. I meant my Grandfather continued on from Madrid. I did not join him on his journey south as he was on a nature tour. Though I agree about timing, I was in Cordoba in early April 2006 and the temperature was perfect, despite it raining rather a lot .

I noticed there were a lot of cranes alongside Almudena and Palacio Real. Is that all part of the riverside development or something different?
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Wonderful pics and wonderful thread of the city where I live. Thanks a lot Mike
Thanks very much, hopefully I've portrayed it as a true Madrileno would

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Great pictures! Thanks!

Alguien me podría decir de quién es la poesía concreta en la fachada del Instituto Cervantes? Está muy buena!

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Muchas gracias. Sí, yo estaba muy interesado en ese edificio aunque no estaba seguro acerca de la escritura en el propio edificio. Presumiblemente, fue diseñado por alguien en la Institución.

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Beautiful!! You captured my homeland perfectly! I can't wait to return! Thanks for this!
Thanks very much, hope you enjoy your return back to Madrid .

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Wonderful pictures Mike. I really like your sight of the city

Just a couple points:

- Palacio de Telecomunicaciones is now under construction to be the new City Hall of Madrid

- Ready, steady, go is "preparados, listos, ya". It's nice that you are trying to introduce yourself in the language too hehe

Waiting forward for the next pics
Thanks a lot. I was wondering what the netting around the top of the Palacio de Telecomunicaciones was about when I was there but I think it would make a fantastic city hall - such a grand, imposing building that can be seen in all directions. And thankyou for correcting my attempt at a Spanish set phrase, Diego also did. I knew it was something like that but better make it gramatically correct than mess it up completely

Next batch of pictures coming soon!
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Old May 22nd, 2009, 12:48 PM   #43
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The cranes surrounding the Palacio Real and La Almudena are constructing the new Museum of Royal Heritage
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Old May 22nd, 2009, 02:38 PM   #44
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Thanks a lot. I was wondering what the netting around the top of the Palacio de Telecomunicaciones was about when I was there but I think it would make a fantastic city hall - such a grand, imposing building that can be seen in all directions. And thankyou for correcting my attempt at a Spanish set phrase, Diego also did. I knew it was something like that but better make it gramatically correct than mess it up completely

Next batch of pictures coming soon!
Palacio de Comunicaciones is the new Town Hall. A big part of it is already occupied by the major and his team. ANother part has a glass roof like we can see in Madridhere´s pictures. It reminds me of Foster´s roof of the Bristish Museum. It´s already finished. It was first used for an institutional act last 15th of May. The top of the building will have a place to look the city (sorry I don´t know the name in English) at the end of the year or in 2010.

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Expecting your new batch of pictures, Mike...
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Old May 22nd, 2009, 07:42 PM   #45
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The top of the building will have a place to look the city (sorry I don´t know the name in English) at the end of the year or in 2010.
That's so cool! A viewing/observation deck will be open for the public? Amazing photos by the way Mike!
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Old May 24th, 2009, 08:33 PM   #46
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The cranes surrounding the Palacio Real and La Almudena are constructing the new Museum of Royal Heritage
Thanks for that, that sounds interesting. I didn't think there was much space between the Palacio Real and the garden adjacent to it. I guess that is yet another thing to add to the list to do next time .

[QUOTE=JAVICUENCA;37073142]Palacio de Comunicaciones is the new Town Hall. A big part of it is already occupied by the major and his team. ANother part has a glass roof like we can see in Madridhere´s pictures. It reminds me of Foster´s roof of the Bristish Museum. It´s already finished. It was first used for an institutional act last 15th of May. The top of the building will have a place to look the city (sorry I don´t know the name in English) at the end of the year or in 2010.

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Expecting your new batch of pictures, Mike...
Fantastic, that must be what they were doing while I was there that I only saw the netting of. Of course I did not see the interior of the building but perhaps when it is finished it will be possible to? An observatory from there would be fantastic! Next batch viene.

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Thanks very much .
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Old May 24th, 2009, 08:50 PM   #47
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PART VI
An Evening Stroll

On the evening I was there, we ventured from our hotel back to a much more crowded Plaza Mayor where there were plenty of sights, sounds and smells to be had. The most imposing noise came from a group of Mexican Mariachi players who played famous tunes such as 'Guantamanera' and 'La Cucaracha'. The sidestreets behind Plaza Mayor took us around to Calle de Segovia and eventually passed Plaza Provincia and on to Plaza Santa Ana where we enjoyed a meal under the stars listening to more jazz music.


Calle de Espoz y Mina, Edificio Telefónica


Calle Correo, Edificio Telefónica


Calle Correo


Puerta del Sol


Puerta del Sol


Puerta del Sol, El Corte Inglés


Puerta del Sol, Calle Preciados


Calle de Arenal, View of Casa de Correo


Calle de Arenal, View of Casa de Correo


Calle de Arenal, Hostal Rifer


Calle de Arenal


Plaza Mayor


Plaza Mayor


Plaza Mayor


Plaza Mayor


Plaza Mayor


Calle San Miguel, The Leaning Houses


Plaza Puerta Cerrada, Casa Paco


Plaza Puerta Cerrada, La Colegiata de San Isidro


Plaza Puerta Cerrada, Edificio Telefónica


Plaza Santa Ana, Hotel Penthouse


Plaza Santa Ana, Hotel Penthouse


Plaza Santa Ana, Hotel Penthouse


Plaza Santa Ana, Teatro Español


Plaza Santa Ana, Hotel Penthouse


Puerta del Sol, Tio Pepe

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Old May 24th, 2009, 09:48 PM   #48
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Mike, you didn't just make the most typical tour, you really knew Madrid not so typical streets and zones. Just a point: it's not catedral de San Isidro, that church actually is colegiata, not catedral. It was the cathedral of Madrid for some years, until the inauguration of the actual.

The cranes that are building the Museum of Royal Heritage, also discovered a big part of the muslim wall.
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Old May 25th, 2009, 11:08 PM   #49
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Mike, wonderful evening stroll. The pictures of Santa Ana are great.

Thanks.
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Old May 26th, 2009, 02:59 AM   #50
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stunning pics!
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Old May 26th, 2009, 11:52 AM   #51
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Amazing thread, man.
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Old May 26th, 2009, 10:30 PM   #52
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Mike, you didn't just make the most typical tour, you really knew Madrid not so typical streets and zones. Just a point: it's not catedral de San Isidro, that church actually is colegiata, not catedral. It was the cathedral of Madrid for some years, until the inauguration of the actual.

The cranes that are building the Museum of Royal Heritage, also discovered a big part of the muslim wall.
Well having visited there in April 2006, I was very familiar with all the well-known sites so was prepared to go off track slightly to see more of the city which often is more interesting off all the major roads. Thanks for the correction, I wasn't sure what the Isidro church should be but I did not realise it was once the cathedral of Madrid!

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Mike, wonderful evening stroll. The pictures of Santa Ana are great.

Thanks.
Yes, Plaza Santa Ana is simply lovely. It's certainly a place to return back to for me.

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Amazing thread, man.
Muchas gracias hombres!

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Old May 27th, 2009, 11:00 PM   #53
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PART VII
Puerta del Sol to Cibeles

The following morning we set off from our hotel on Calle Maestro Victoria bright and early. As became very familiar, walking eastwards from Puerta del Sol takes you down the Calle de Alcalá to Plaza de Cibeles, outside the Palacio de Telecommunicaciones. The large avenue running north-south is the Paseo del Prado southwards from Cibeles and Paseo de Recoletos northwards from Cibeles to the Plaza de Colón where you are met by a very different image of a skyscraper.

The sidestreets on the east side from Plaza de Colón bring you behind the Biblioteca Nacional and the Museo Arqueológico Nacional and eventually by following Calle Serrano, one emerges in front of the northern entrance to the Parque de Buen Retiro and the fantastically built Puerta de Alcalá. As I found, if you position yourself just right and look through the central arch, the whole of Calle de Alcalá westwards can be seen as well as the shiny dome of the Edifico Metrópolis.


Puerta del Sol


Puerta del Sol, Calle de Arenal


Calle de Alcalá


Calle de Alcalá, Elephantine Sculptures


Calle de Alcalá, Las Calatravas


Calle de Alcalá


Calle de Alcalá


Calle de Alcalá, Canalejas Corner


Calle de Alcalá


Calle de Alcalá


Calle de Alcalá, Edifico Metrópolis


Calle de Alcalá, Las Calatravas


Calle de Alcalá


Calle de Alcalá & Gran Vía


Calle de Alcalá


Paseo de Recoletos


Paseo de Recoletos


Paseo de Recoletos


Paseo de Recoletos, Barclays Tower


Paseo de Recoletos


Plaza de Colón, Cristobal Colón


Plaza de Colón


Plaza de Colón, Barclays Tower


Plaza de Colón


Plaza de Colón


Plaza de Colón


Plaza de Colón


Plaza de Colón, Monumento del Centro Cultural de la Villa


Calle Serrano, Museo Arqueológico Nacional


Calle Serrano, Puerta de Alcalá


Calle Serrano


Calle Serrano


Puerta de Alcalá, View of Palacio de Telecommunicaciones


Puerta de Alcalá


Puerta de Alcalá


Puerta de Alcalá, Buen Retiro


Puerta de Alcalá


Puerta de Alcalá, Passage into Buen Retiro


Puerta de Alcalá


Puerta de Alcalá


Puerta de Alcalá
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Dude, amazing shots!!!! I loved the elephantine sculptures and the red bricked building of Calle Serrano (it would have been awesome without the tree tho hehehehe...).
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Beautiful shots again. Good light.

Mike, I see you didn´t show the reform of Serrano St. Now it´s chaotic, it´s true. It´ll be a real mess until December at least.
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Beautiful photos of Madrid!



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OMG! GREAT PICS! I LOVE THIS CITY SOOO MUCH!
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No more? Please Mike...
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