Meanders in and around Madrid

The photographs shown here were all taken in October 2000 while on holiday in Madrid. Some of the photographs are not as good as I would like but it was a case of taking them under the prevailing conditions or not taking them at all. While there we took a one day guided coach tour taking in Avila and Sergovia.

Madrid: The Royal Palace, viewed from Jardines de Sabatini, replaced the Alcazar(Castle) which burned down in 1734 The Royal Palace, viewed from the Cathedral Palacio de Comunicaciones - The Main Post Office
Cibeles Fountain, erected 1780(in front of Post Office) Plaza de la Villa - - with Casa de Cisneros(rear centre) built in 1537
Street sign, made from decorative tiles Southwest corner of Plaza Mayor (designed 1619) Northwest corner of Plaza Mayor
Statue of Goya, outside Prado Main entrance Prado Museum Iglesia de los Jeronimos, behind Prado
Avila: City walls (looking into the sun),
8 monumental gates and 88 towers
Plaza de la Santa with Puerta de Santa Teresa (left side of picture) Convento de Santa Teresa, built 1636
Avila Cathedral, earliest Gothic Church in Spain 13th century interior Red and white limestone gives an unusual mottled appearance
Stone vaulted ceiling in Cathedral Going out of the old city through Puerta de San Vicente Leaving Avila behind across the valley
Segovia: Roman Aqueduct 1st cent' AD 28 metres high, 894 metres long, made up of 163 Arches No mortar used in the construction and still intact after 2000 years!
Cathedral, Segovia, completed in 1577 Plaza Mayor in front of Cathedral Alcazar, Segovia, (viewed from below and against the sun)
Alcazar, Segovia, dating from Roman times rebuilt and expanded in 13th & 14th centuries View through windows in royal apartments Leaving Segovia
Madrid: Monumento al Descubrimiento (Monument to the discovery of America) Monument to Christopher Columbus Jardines de Descubrimiento
Official old and used books market Unofficial old and used books market Pavement Cafe at book market
We found this to be an excellent place to stay.It is inexpensive but has all 'mod cons' and is decorated to a very high standard.Although it only provides a base with somewhere to sleep and keep your luggage this is no problem as there are ample cafes and restaurants in the immediate vicinity. Located in Calle de Cervantes a quiet street, which runs into Plaza de Neptuno(officially Plaza de Canovas del Castillo), you are only about 400 meters from both the Prado Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.
Hostal Gonzalo on 3rd floor
Ask for Javier if you need someone who speaks English.
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