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Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol

Posted in Uncategorized by Cassandra on August 24, 2009

A week or so ago, Lucía and I walked down to the Plaza Mayor. It’s a rectangle shaped plaza enclosed by three story residential buildings. Full of terraza style (and way overpriced) cervecerías and statues, it has been packed with people the few times I’ve been. The plaza was built in 1619, restored in 1790, and apparently you can still see blood on the walls in some places leftover from the bullfights. I’ll let you know if I see it, because I doubt it.

Mlaza Mayor around sundown

Plaza Mayor

Just tonight I returned with a friend from San Francisco. Dominating the street performance scene was a group of three gypsy men and a young girl, two playing guitar and one singing. The little girl kept time clapping and sang briefly. She had beautiful curly black hair down past her waist. The men had tattoos, lots of silver jewelry. They weren’t dressed up. The music was all they needed to entertain. It’s hard to explain the sound. Intense for sure. We were entranced and sat on the ground nearby for the better part of an hour watching them. Hope to find more of this music around in the future. Another photo in the plaza, the Spanish national flag is in center. Apparently the whole plaza used to be covered in the mural paintings like these.
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And this below is the Puerta del Sol, another well known plaza near the old city center in Madrid. I will never get over how beautiful the light is here. I will also probably repeat that over and over, so prepare.

Sci-fi clouds over bronze Renaissance man on horseback

Sci-fi clouds over bronze Renaissance man on horseback

Sunsed from the Puerta del Sol. Appropriate.

Sunsed from the Puerta del Sol. Appropriate.

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