While I was staying in Madrid, I didn’t really get much time to explore the city itself – each weekend I was out exploring some other part of Spain, and not really spending much time checking out all the cool spots around the capital!
I took one weekend and spent some time hanging out in the fun areas, and took a walk through Retiro Park, and tried to capture as much of the personality of the city as I could.
One of the things I will miss most about Europe is the quality of street musicians. It seemed like throughout the day, I would pass by someone playing a violin, accordion, harp, or some obscure instrument I’ve never even heard before. I’ve said before that it would be awesome to have theme music while walking, and I feel like these guys provided some AWESOME tunes to explore Europe.
A few of my friends urged me to go to Museo del Prado in Madrid, and so I made it a point to make the trip. I’ve never been one to enjoy museums, and was skeptical that I would really like this one either. I know, I know, I know – I view myself as an artist, and should appreciate art in all forms, right? Wrong. Sorry, but it’s just *not that appealing* for me to go and look at artifacts or paintings of men on horses that are hundreds of years old, etc. I can appreciate that kind of thing, but I just don’t choose to spend my time gawking over it. (Don’t tell anyone.)
While I was strolling through Retiro Park, I saw a bunch of ducks in a pond and something that looked like a really dirty, fat duck. It turned out to be a black swan! I made my way over to it, and found out that in fact – there was ANOTHER black swan underneath a covering near the waterfall into the pond. While I was trying to get a photo of the mother black swan, I didn’t notice it until it was a few feet from me, and SNAP – the other black swan BIT ME on my leg. Not sure if it’s good luck, but I’d like to go on thinking that it is.
Anyways, here are some of my favorite shots from a day in Madrid. Part II (night shots) on the way.