Monday, May 22, 2017

Mercado de San Miguel

Photo by Patrick Jones. Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid. 17 May 2017.

On our last afternoon in Madrid, we stopped into the famous Mercado de San Miguel for a snack of tapas and cava. In some ways this place had aspects in common with other markets I have photographed (see also Grand Central Market in LA), but the quality and liveliness of the place puts it in a class of its own.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Fruit vendor at Mercado de San Miguel.
We loved the empanadillas (unfortunately no pictures, these were gobbled up quickly), and cheese samples, which paired well with the cava. We will definitely return to the Mercado de San Miguel on a future visit to Madrid. Highly recommended!
Photo by Patrick Jones. A. Jones at the wine & cava vendor.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Mercado de San Miguel.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Historic signs.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Plaza Mayor, Madrid. 17 May 2017.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Historic signs in Mercado de San Miguel.
Allison snapped a few of her own photos on a visit to the Mercado earlier in the week, which I add here.
Photo by A. Jones. Mercado de San Miguel. 13 May 2017.

Photo by A. Jones. Churro & Chocolate. Mercado de San Miguel.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Murals in Lavapiés

Photo by Patrick Jones. Mural by Alice Pasquini, Lavapiés, Madrid.
While in Madrid we had the chance to venture over to the Lavapiés neighborhood looking for street art. We were able to catch recent murals by Alice Pasquini, AddFuel (Diogo Machado), Nuriatoll, and others across the street from the Swinton & Grant gallery. These were painted in June 2016 as part of Muros Tabacalera.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Mural by AddFuel, photo turned upside down.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Mural by Animalitoland. 13 May 2017.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Mural in Lavapiés, Madrid.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Mural by Nuriatoll.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Mural in Lavapiés.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Mural in Lavapiés, Madrid.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Mural by okudart.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Mural in a Matisse-influenced style.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Mural by Koctel. Lavapiés, Madrid. 13 May 2017.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Mural by Julieta XLF.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Segovia, Part 2

Photo by Patrick Jones. Alcázar of Segovia. 15 May 2017.

Here is the second set of photos from our day trip to Segovia on Monday. The Alcázar of Segovia looks like a fairy tale castle, and was an inspiration for the castle in Disney's Sleeping Beauty. The fortress is surrounded by a moat and sits in a prominent location over the valley guarding the entrance to Segovia. The site has been a fortress since Roman times. Isabella of Castile later ruled from the fortress in Segovia.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Tiles at the Alcázar of Segovia.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Mural of Isabella I of Castile.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Ornate ceiling at the Alcázar of Segovia.
Photo by A. Jones. Tiles at the Alcázar.
Photo by A. Jones. Guard turret.
Photo by A. Jones. Suits of armor.

Segovia, Part 1

Photo by Patrick Jones. Segovia Aqueduct, 15 May 2017.

During our trip to Spain we drove from Madrid to Ribera del Duero, stopping roughly halfway in the historic city of Segovia to see its famous sites - the Roman Aqueduct, Cathedral and Alcázar. The aqueduct dates to 98-112 CE and provided water to the city as recently as the 19th Century. It is quite stunning to see in person.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Segovia and the Aqueduct.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Segovia and the Aqueduct.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Segovia Aqueduct. 15 May 2017.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Segovia Aqueduct. 15 May 2017.
After walking along the aqueduct, we entered the old city to continue on to the cathedral. The massive Gothic cathedral was built starting in 1525 and completed in 1768.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Plaza Mayor & the Cathedral in Segovia.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Segovia Cathedral.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Segovia Cathedral.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Inside the Cathedral.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Inside the Cathedral.
Photo by Patrick Jones. View of Segovia from the Alcázar.
My next post will continue with photos from the Alcázar, the fortress castle and palace in use from Roman times to Spanish kings.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Thoughts on Spain

Photo by Patrick Jones. Tile map at Alcázar de Segovia.

We are now back from the trip to Spain, adjusting slowly to the time difference and change of pace after eight days over there. My previous trip to Madrid had been on a layover in March 2016. Madrid has a great vibe and I felt very much at home. I wish I could trace my Hispanic branches of the tree back to their original locations in Spain.

Driving north of Madrid to Segovia and Ribera del Duero reminded me a lot of driving in Santa Barbara County and other parts of Southern California. The land has a similar feel, much of the area between Segovia and Ribera is farmland, small old villages and castles. An example of one such place is below. Moraleja de Cuéllar is a tiny village of 38 people on SG-V-2231 that we passed through on the way to Quintanilla de Onésimo. There really was no reason for us to have driven through the village, but that was the route we were given by Google Maps. Perhaps it was another example of Google knowing what I wanted to see, as many of the homes in the village have walls that were painted by local artist Marcelino Garciá Arranz. We were surprised to see these in the village and it made for a nice stop on the way to Ribera del Duero.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Mural by Marcelino Garciá Arranz.

Photo by Patrick Jones. Murals in Moraleja de Cuéllar, Spain. 15 May 2017.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Mural by Marcelino Garciá Arranz.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Murals in Moraleja de Cuéllar, 15 May 2017.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Leaving Olivares de Duero to Quintanilla de Onésimo.
I will have more posts on the visit to wine country, Segovia and murals in Madrid. We had a lovely time in Spain. Great food and wine, friendly people, historic sites, it really had so much to offer. Spain is very affordable too. Wine was cheaper than Coca-Cola.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Segovia, Spain. 15 May 2017.
After seeing Madrid and parts of Castile and León, I definitely want to go back at see other regions. I have a meeting in Barcelona next year. I will have to look for another opportunity to go back so that I can work in a visit to Basque Country and Galicia in the north and Southern Spain as well.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Visit to the Sorolla Museum

Photo by Patrick Jones. Sorolla Museum. 14 May 2017.

On Sunday afternoon we had an opportunity to visit the Museo Sorolla in Madrid. It was a free visit day, and we were pleasantly surprised at how nice and extensive the museum was. Museo Sorolla is located in the artist's former home, a beautiful villa with gardens. I have featured several of Sorolla's paintings in previous posts (see here and here).
Photo by A. Jones. Sorolla's paint brushes.
Photo by A. Jones. Sorolla's studio. 14 May 2017.
Sorolla's studio is now a bright exhibition space. The walls are covered with his paintings, as they were when he was working there in the early 1900s. His beach scenes are prominently featured, along with paintings of his family.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Clotilde Garcia de Sorollla.
Photo by A. Jones. In Sorolla's studio. 14 May 2017.
The museum does not prevent taking of photos without flash, and we were able to see many of his famous works. The one below was fitting for Mothers Day.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Painting by Joaquin Sorolla.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Under the Awning, 1905.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Painting by Joaquin Sorolla.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Sorolla Museum. 14 May 2017.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Sorolla Museum, Madrid. 14 May 2017.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Painting by Joaquin Sorolla.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Tiles at the Sorolla Museum.