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Updated May 22, 2018
Browsing Spain photos from my 2012 adventures in Spain is a great way to pass a dreary wet, cold week in Nova Scotia. Welcome to week 352 (12/7/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday. This week I’m sharing some of my most loved Spain photos. Join me on an eclectic visit to Spain through my eyes.
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Spain Photos: Madrid
January 2012 found me in Madrid for 10 days. The bone-chilling temperatures and short days didn’t stop me from making the most of my time in the city, and a few towns within easy driving distances. I always enjoy a bit of pomp and ceremony when I’m in Europe and the changing of the guard at Madrid’s Royal Palace did not disappoint.
“Changing of the guard at the Puerta del Príncipe gate. Royal Palace in Madrid. Since 2007, every Wednesday from 11 am to 2 pm (except July, August and the first fortnight of September) you can watch a changing of the guard ceremony at the Puerta del Príncipe gate at the Royal Palace in Madrid. It is particularly dynamic and lively. The drums announce the arrival of the foot guard, who gradually fall into formation accompanied by the beating of the drums. If you’ve already seen the foot sentries take their place in their positions, get ready –this is the moment the mounted guards come on the scene. Spectacular on their mounts, the sentries trot past and gradually take their places. When they are ready and standing in formation in their places, you can’t possibly leave until you see the actual changing of the guard. There is a change of guard every 30 minutes.” (From www.spaininfo.com)
Addmission is free and the event lasts about 50 minutes
For me, one of the highlights of Madrid was the numerous world-class museums. The Prado was my favourite, and during my time in Madrid, I was lucky enough to get free admission in celebration of the museum adding Monday opening hours to their schedule. In 2018, along with the permanent collection, there are currently a number of special exhibitions also available for viewing. One in particular that caught my eye is Ruebens Painter of Sketches; now until August 5, 2018. To skip the line-ups purchase your tickets for the Prado in advance.
Spain Photos: Mercado de San Miguel
I’m a huge fan of Spanish cuisine and wine. My favourite food experience was Madrid’s Mercado de San Miguel, located steps away from Plaza Mayor in the city centre. Deciding what to sample was almost painful. I wanted one of everything 🙂
The Mercado is open:
from 10:00 to 24:00
Fr-Sa and bank holiday eve:
from 10:00 to 1:00
You can never go wrong with wine and tapas. I can still taste these olives after all these years.
If smoked salmon and fresh mozzarella make you salivate, this is the dish for you. Rich and packed with flavour, your taste buds will love you forever.
This is one of my favourite Spain photos. Having a Spanish wine dance on your palette will spoil you forever (and so cheap!)
One of the many buskers who performed daily in Plaza Mayor. I would not want to meet this “guy” in a dark alley.
Spain Photos: Toledo and Segovia
Toledo is an easy day trip from Madrid. The day was bone chilling cold, but the blue sky made for a lovely photo. Despite the cold, the town did catch my imagination, and I want to go back again to spend a few days exploring the narrow cobblestone streets and alleyways.
I also did a day trip to the ancient town of Segovia (a World Heritage City) and its centuries-old Roman aqueduct. One of my mantras for this particular Spain trip was bone chilling. Everywhere I went record-breaking cold temperatures followed me. Thankfully, sunshine often saved the day, even if it didn’t warm my cold hands and feet.
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