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Old June 27th, 2009, 10:41 AM   #1
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hkskyline's 2008 MADRID Photo Collection Part 1

I start my Madrid series with something modern. I actually wasn't too interested in skyscrapers. I wanted to see some historic buildings and monuments.

1. These 4 skyscrapers caught my attention. They are all simple in design, but their slight differences make them quite elegant, and each seems to stand out in their own way.





3. I made a quick stop just to see these buildings. For a long time, I actually forgot about them while I was madly rushing to see the historic part of the city.









7. Taking the train out of the city is a fun experience. Spain's high speed trains are very modern and comfortable.





8. The subway system is incredible. There are a lot of lines, and the facilities are quite maintained.





9. I now start moving away from modernity to see what's more historic in Madrid. To start, here is a fairly interesting jet parked at the airport. I have never seen a Cuban airliner before, and I don't think it's a new jet.





11. I was surprised how many architectural details Madrid's old buildings had. The city feels much different from Barcelona. I knew I was in trouble. I didn't have enough time to explore.





13. The wonderful weather I had in Lisbon followed me into Madrid, and the wonderful skies gave a very nice backdrop for these old buildings.





15. Here is Sol, a major gathering place.





17. I didn't see much blatant billboard advertising until I got to here. I believe there is a story about this sign. I have to dig my guide book to find out what it was.







20. Hey .. a double decker sightseeing bus ...













26. As usual, I like to explore the side streets and wander into nowhere, and emerge in some corner amazed at the surprise finding.



27. Surprise!











32. The designs don't seem quite uniform, which made exploring far more fun. Was it a requirement to make buildings look different from each other?









36. Who will save the lady and throw the man a beer?









40. Prado is quite an attraction, but I didn't have time for it. Rather than try to do the impossible and squeeze 1 day into 1 hour, I will come back to Madrid for this.













46. Wonder how much it costs to live here.









More from Madrid in the next part. If you can't wait, the whole collection is on my website :
http://www.globalphotos.org/madrid.htm
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Old June 27th, 2009, 10:47 AM   #2
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Madrid is a wonderful city. Cool pix!
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Old June 27th, 2009, 11:19 AM   #3
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@hkskylines's thread about Madrid its awesome; many thanks for those photos
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How many days were you in Madrid?
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Old June 27th, 2009, 04:22 PM   #5
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Great thred about Madrid!
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Old June 27th, 2009, 05:36 PM   #6
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Super super pictures! Once again this city has been captured in beautiful clearness of air and skies. Your photos are amazing.
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Old June 27th, 2009, 08:10 PM   #7
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Madrid is amazing. Those 4 towars standing proud not too far away from beautiful historic buildings make wonderful impression on me.
Nice pictures by the way.

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Old June 27th, 2009, 08:17 PM   #8
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How many days were you in Madrid?
3.5 days only, but I spent 1 in Toledo and 1 in Segovia.
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Old June 29th, 2009, 12:17 AM   #10
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3.5 days only, but I spent 1 in Toledo and 1 in Segovia.
No doubt I wanna see your photos of both cities!! Have you make any thread of them?
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Old June 29th, 2009, 08:31 PM   #11
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No doubt I wanna see your photos of both cities!! Have you make any thread of them?
Yes, I have a Toledo thread already : http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=881408

Segovia will be coming after my Madrid series.
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Yes, I have a Toledo thread already : http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=881408

Segovia will be coming after my Madrid series.
Great thread. I've been in Toledo more than 10 times and I discover new things every time. I'll wait for your thread of Segovia and the remaining photos of Madrid's thread
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