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May 30, 2016

A new look at my best souvenir of Madrid, Retiro park

This is my park, Parque del Buen Retiro , I lived for several years not far from it,every time back in Madrid and luckily often need to stop by,and lately in the city stayed by a hotel nearby. I wrote a historical post in my blog here:

This time had a whole Sunday for me, and why not, spent it at the Retiro Park. Very difficult for me to describe it, it was my youthful park, where my mother took me and I came back to the city in a new era with her and then myself, as my mother passed away in 2007, coming here brings closer to her as well.

This is my park, walking its winding trails and seeing the wonderful statues and buildings in it are just great beyond description. The snack bar by the lakes or estanque with its wonderful boats.Now they have rowing boats when Young coming here they had pedal boats as well. It was heaven by yourself to do it. Coming from behind the statue to king Alfonso XIII into the lake is wonderful and the views breathtaking.

You need to see the wonderful remains of the Real Fabrica de Porcelanas (1760-1812) with info in Spanish as now shown in the Prado museum here,

and the La Noria del Huerto del Francés vestiges of something wonderful here; this one of the machine that took the water to make the porcelain, and they are of Persian origins.  Many entrances to the park my old haunts was by Puerta de Alcalà where I lived not far, but lately coming by the Plaza Niño Jésus ( square of the Child Jesus).  You plunge into the garden or jardines del Marques de Pontejos , right along the Paseo del Marqués de Pontejos ,passing by the Rosaleda (rosary) ;

and the Parterre (main walk area), entrance by the Gate or puerta de Felipe IV, with an axis from the Casón del Buen Retiro  to the Fuente de la Alcachofa , and the lake or Estanque. You see here the oldest tree in the park that of a Cipré calvo (cypress) .You see structures of old now being use as many as rest rooms.

You do not listen to route planner or Google but come across walking in the park , coming by the estanque or lake into the other end by Calle Alfonso XIII. A magical walk with beauty of top gardeners keeper all around you.

You passed by the wonderful Palacio de Velázquez, (b. 1881-1883) an old structure use for temporary exhibitions for works of art.

You come to see the Palacio de Cristal (b 1887) iron architecture  modeled after Crystal Palace in London. It is now for temporary exhibitions as well and just airy and wonderful ;from afar is better.

You have the wonderful statue of the Fallen Angel fountain or Fuente del Angel Caido, (b. 1878) the only statue representing the devil . Very busy intersection in the park one of the must see.

And to top it off, the grand Lake or Estanque Grande (b. early 17C). The lake where families from very old days to now come to ride a boat any boat in the park is wonderful. The boys will rent a boat to roar for the girl ::) and seeing it from above the Statue to king Alfonso XIII is romantic indeed especially as night falls. Magical. A must in Madrid; see more here:

This is my park, the one amongst many in Madrid, but the very best of all. A must to see in Madrid, in fact , you never been to Madrid if not walk the park… Enjoy it. I always do. Cheers

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