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Waltzing in the Palace

Palacio de Cristal

I've been working indoors all day and notice that it's already 18:00 (6pm). The day has flown by. I need to see the sun so I check with Zani, she's ready to get out of the flat too. We take bus 34 to Parque del Buen Retiro. (see previous entry) The walk up is delightful. It's absolutely gorgeous every time.
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I just don't get tired of the green, the trees, the birds. What a gift.
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Today we'll check out the Palácio de Cristal.
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"Modeled on London's Crystal Palace of the 1850s, Madrid's greatest wrought-iron and glass-domed Industrial Revolution structure was launched just 30 years later to stage an exhibition of Philippine tropical plants. It stands in the heart of the Retiro Park, reflecting charismatically in a small lake inhabited by ducks, grey lag geese, and black swans, and forms one of Madrid's most enduring bucolic images. Exhibitions of modern art are regularly held inside the building…" (taken from www.frommers.com)
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We enter and see A Space for an Island Universe, Josiah McElheny´s five part sculpture made from hand-blown glass and chrome plated metal.
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I imagine a candlelit reception with long gowns, waltzing, champagne and romance. Dreamy...

The waltz record scratches to a halt as a little tot runs by, knocking into my leg. It's afternoon again and I'm in my jeans and Mickey Mouse tank top with my sister. Okay, that's cool. She's really cool. And my waltz is pretty rusty anyway...
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Posted by gottaleap 23:46 Archived in Spain Tagged tourist_sites

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