Scene in Spain, #8

I’ve been very neglectful. Sorry about that! To make up for it here are a ton of photos from the botanical gardens in Madrid. Turns out they have a massive bonsai collection that is super impressive. There are a couple of random flowers and some future tequila thrown in for good measure. It was a lovely place. Unfortunately the bonsai are against a green-ivy fence which makes it difficult to get good photos. I did my best!

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Scene in Spain, #6

We went walking in another direction, rather randomly, in Madrid. We ran into one of many many roundabouts with fountains. This one featured Neptune and I waited and timed the photo to get it without cars. I’m rather pleased by that.

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Across the street from Neptune there was a shop ostensibly selling art, but that art looked a lot like tacky souvenirs to us. However, we enjoyed the storefront with all the statues watching the people walking by (if I knew how to stitch this into one long shot I would – you’ll have to do that mentally):

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Scene in Spain, #5

Outside the Crystal Palace in Parque del Retiro was a large pond. There were many ducks, and so obviously I took pictures. SPANISH DUCKS.

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It took a bit before we realized the pond was filled with turtles. And so of course I took more pictures. SPANISH TURTLES!

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After a long walk around the park we stopped at one of the many cafes for a bite to eat. I finally had the first of many glasses of sangria. We were entertained by the little bowls of potato chips that were a normal item handed out (much like a bowl of nuts I suppose, but still…)

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Scene in Spain, #4

There were several palaces inside Parque del Retiro. Inside this one there was a modern art exhibit of Brazilian artist Meireles. Like most modern art exhibits, there were some pieces I liked very much, and there were pieces I found odd. Some felt manipulative, which apparently is his intent. A few were just ugly, which I don’t believe was his intent but I can’t be sure.

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We followed a sign and my husband asked where we were going next. I said I wasn’t sure, but I think the sign said “Crystal Palace.” I was right. And inside this was another modern art installation – of random pastel dots. I’m not sure what message we were supposed to get, but it was very clear we were not to touch the dots (some were within reach).

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