Paseo de las Estatuas (Statue Walk)
This park reminds me of Central Park in NYC….very large, lots of things going on, people enjoying their leisure and grand vistas, fountains and wonderful buildings to observe…along with a few hidden treasures and secret pathways…
Remember, these photos were taken in September, so the park was not at peak for activities and events. Also, it seemed the Statue Walk was overgrown (trees needed trimming) and a statue was missing…!
BTW…let me apologize…for some reason my camera had a lens problem…because of the heat or moisture…I don’t know…but there are blurred areas in some of these photos, sorry…
Couples rent boats on the Estanque del Retiro (Retiro Pond)She leaned over and gave her lover a kiss...
The pond is in front of what looks like a building, but is actually the Monument to King Alfonso XII…once again I apologize for the blur from my camera lens…
This structure was built as a monument to King Alfonso XII...I guess the Spanish liked him...!One of many cafes around the park for drinks and snacks
Rick and I sat at this cafe across from the pond, had a decadent thick chocolate covered “Magnum” ice cream bar (like Dove bars but better) and people watched. We talked to a couple from Houston, that was visiting from Morrocco where they are living and working. Too bad they are the epitome of the ugly American. French is spoken in Morrocco…in three months they haven’t learned one single thing except “Merci”. That is sad and reflects horribly on Americans. Shame on us.
Cafes are scattered through the park
Classic fountain in Retiro Park
Fallen Angel - at the top of a fountain erected in 1922
There are claims this is the only statue dedicated to the devil. It was inspired by the Book “Paradise Lost” by John Milton. It represents Lucifer falling from heaven.
For some reason the fountain wasn’t working….oooh…is it the work of the devil…?
The guy skating reminds me of the Spanish people and their joy of life. There is a happiness that just flows from them. You can’t help but smile when you see this guy. He skated around and around a monument…smiling and showing off. This guy was no “spring chicken” (not young) either…!
A Spaniard enjoying his Saturday...!
Lots of places to travel "off the beaten path"
Of course…I love the path that leads…hmmmm…somewhere unknown….
Stay tuned for more Madrid and Valdelavilla Spain…
Feel some of that joy in your day today!