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Patio, El Real Alcázar de Sevilla on Flickr.This patio was a in the Real Alcázar, a royal palace, and UNESCO World Heritage Site. I thought it was an enjoyable small space that incorporated a few architectural elements that I liked. I also liked the warm yellow color.

Patio, El Real Alcázar de Sevilla on Flickr.

This patio was a in the Real Alcázar, a royal palace, and UNESCO World Heritage Site. I thought it was an enjoyable small space that incorporated a few architectural elements that I liked. I also liked the warm yellow color.

Sevilla at Night, Sevilla on Flickr.Sevilla is beautifully decorated with plenty of lights during Christmas. The main streets, the side streets, all lit up. It’s a very festive atmosphere. Sevilla is also filled with plenty of citrus trees. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that many citrus trees in a city. They are part of the character of the city. It’s wonderful.

Sevilla at Night, Sevilla on Flickr.
Sevilla is beautifully decorated with plenty of lights during Christmas. The main streets, the side streets, all lit up. It’s a very festive atmosphere. Sevilla is also filled with plenty of citrus trees. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that many citrus trees in a city. They are part of the character of the city. It’s wonderful.

Plaza de España, Sevilla III on Flickr.Via Flickr:
The lower wall of the main building at Plaza de España is subdivided into sections. Each section has its own elaborate mural, painted on tiles. They’re incredibly detailed. Each one symbolizes a different province, depicting a historical moment.

Plaza de España, Sevilla III on Flickr.

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The lower wall of the main building at Plaza de España is subdivided into sections. Each section has its own elaborate mural, painted on tiles. They’re incredibly detailed. Each one symbolizes a different province, depicting a historical moment.

Plaza de España, Sevilla II on Flickr.Via Flickr:
Plaza de España looks beautiful at night. It is so well lit that it glows. With less people around than in the daytime, I was able to enjoy the plaza in peace.

Plaza de España, Sevilla II on Flickr.

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Plaza de España looks beautiful at night. It is so well lit that it glows. With less people around than in the daytime, I was able to enjoy the plaza in peace.

Plaza de España, Sevilla on Flickr.Via Flickr:
Plaza de España is in Maria Luisa Park. For me, it was one of the highlights of Sevilla. The plaza forms half an oval, with a graceful curve of the building. It’s quite impressive. It’s a nice space to walk around, or just sit and contemplate. This photograph was taken just before sunset. I wanted the warm light to make the center of the building glow. The challenge was to wait for the clouds to open up so that the sunlight could peak through.

Plaza de España, Sevilla on Flickr.

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Plaza de España is in Maria Luisa Park. For me, it was one of the highlights of Sevilla. The plaza forms half an oval, with a graceful curve of the building. It’s quite impressive. It’s a nice space to walk around, or just sit and contemplate. This photograph was taken just before sunset. I wanted the warm light to make the center of the building glow. The challenge was to wait for the clouds to open up so that the sunlight could peak through.

Beer House, Madrid on Flickr.Via Flickr:
This is a beer stand in the middle of Mercado San Miguel. The bright red color called my attention. Mercado San Miguel is a fabulous market in prisitine condition. It’s in the Plaza Mayor area of the city. The market has fruit and vegetable stands, dried meats, cheeses, bars, pinxos, and more. It’s definitely a must see.

Beer House, Madrid on Flickr.

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This is a beer stand in the middle of Mercado San Miguel. The bright red color called my attention. Mercado San Miguel is a fabulous market in prisitine condition. It’s in the Plaza Mayor area of the city. The market has fruit and vegetable stands, dried meats, cheeses, bars, pinxos, and more. It’s definitely a must see.

El Ángel Caído, Madrid on Flickr.Via Flickr:
Ricardo Bellver (madrileño), 1877, bronze
This is the featured sculpture at the center of the roundabout Ángel Caído in Parque del Retiro. It’s a magnificent statue. I can almost feel the tension in his right arm, resisting against the snake wrapped around his wrist. I never thought a sculpture of the fallen angel could be so beautiful, so powerful. I find it also sad, a sad story. How could an angel, a spirit at such a high level, fall so far? I don’t want to know. My Borch map says that Madrid has an altitude of 667 meters. This statue is said to be at 666 meters above sea level.

El Ángel Caído, Madrid on Flickr.

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Ricardo Bellver (madrileño), 1877, bronze
This is the featured sculpture at the center of the roundabout Ángel Caído in Parque del Retiro. It’s a magnificent statue. I can almost feel the tension in his right arm, resisting against the snake wrapped around his wrist. I never thought a sculpture of the fallen angel could be so beautiful, so powerful. I find it also sad, a sad story. How could an angel, a spirit at such a high level, fall so far? I don’t want to know. My Borch map says that Madrid has an altitude of 667 meters. This statue is said to be at 666 meters above sea level.

Gárgolas, Ángel Caído, Madrid on Flickr.Via Flickr:
Francisco Jareño, 1885, bronze and stone.
These are gargoyles that compose the fountain at the base of the monument of El Ángel Caído in Parque del Retiro. I was captivated by the detail in the creatures faces. There are two different face designs, alternating at each side. Water spouts from their mouths, as well as, from the mouths of the serpents below them. If you stare at the eyes long enough, they’ll start to move.

Gárgolas, Ángel Caído, Madrid on Flickr.

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Francisco Jareño, 1885, bronze and stone.
These are gargoyles that compose the fountain at the base of the monument of El Ángel Caído in Parque del Retiro. I was captivated by the detail in the creatures faces. There are two different face designs, alternating at each side. Water spouts from their mouths, as well as, from the mouths of the serpents below them. If you stare at the eyes long enough, they’ll start to move.

Leones, Parque del Retiro, Madrid on Flickr.Via Flickr:
Parque del Retiro is a wonderful park to roam around in. The weather in December has been beautiful, sunny clear skies, cool fresh air, just a delight. There are plenty of areas to explore. One of the most popular is within the Monumento a Alfonso XII. People were taking in the sun, relaxing, and paddling boats. I enjoyed this scene along the waters edge, with lions.

Leones, Parque del Retiro, Madrid on Flickr.

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Parque del Retiro is a wonderful park to roam around in. The weather in December has been beautiful, sunny clear skies, cool fresh air, just a delight. There are plenty of areas to explore. One of the most popular is within the Monumento a Alfonso XII. People were taking in the sun, relaxing, and paddling boats. I enjoyed this scene along the waters edge, with lions.

Librería San Ginés, Madrid on Flickr.Via Flickr:
This is an outdoor bookstore attached to the side of Iglesia de San Ginés. When I first saw it, I thought it was a lovely scene. At the end of the walkway is a red sign for the Chocolatería San Ginés. It’s a famous place where you can get some churros con chocolate.

Librería San Ginés, Madrid on Flickr.

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This is an outdoor bookstore attached to the side of Iglesia de San Ginés. When I first saw it, I thought it was a lovely scene. At the end of the walkway is a red sign for the Chocolatería San Ginés. It’s a famous place where you can get some churros con chocolate.