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Day in Madrid

These are pictures of what we saw walking around Madrid. I believe this was a walk from the Prado back to our Hotel, which I believe was the Hotel Atlántico Madrid.

Plaza de la Platería de Martínez


In Plaza de la Platería de Martínez (40.412659, -3.693821). The fountain is dedicated to a silversmith named Martinez who died in 1798. He was liked by King Charles III. I think the plaque says he lived in a building designed by the forgotten Carlos Vargas.


In Plaza de la Platería de Martínez (40.412659, -3.693821).

Calle de las Huertas


We loved walking down these pedistrian friendly city streets. To us they are exotic, but they are typical of streets in Madrid. I took three pictures of this view of the street as charitable act for people who manufacture memory chips. This is one of them.


Near El Hecho on Calle de las Huertas (Street of the Orchards?) in downtown Madrid.


There were many quotes in the street. This is one of them. "In a village of La Mancha, the name of which I have no desire to call to mind, there lived not long since one of those gentlemen that keep a lance in the lance-rack, an old buckler, a lean hack, and a greyhound for coursing." A buckler is a shield. A hack is a horse for riding, usually an ordinary horse. When dogs pursue an animal such as a hare or a deer, it is known as "coursing". The term is usually reserved for animals, such as greyhounds, who pursue their prey by site rather than scent.

This part of town is called the "Barrio de las Letras." Various famous writers lived near here, including Cervantes. Others include the poet, playwrite and novelist Lope De Vego, and a poet named Francisco Gómez de Quevedo.

This is supposed to be a good night spot, with music, including jazz clubs.

Plaza de Matute


On the corner of the Plaza de Matute and Calle de las Huertas. Matute means smuggling, contraband, but the Wikipedia says the street was named after the man who owned the land and that Cervantes lived on this square. Matute is fairly well known Spanish last name.


I believe we are still in or near Plaza de Matute, but now facing in a different direction.


A few steps down Calle de las Huertas from Plaza de Matute is the Casa Alberto. I liked the store front, but don't think we went in.


The sign reading "Asegurada de Incendios" means the house was insured against fire. I think this goes way back, nearly two hundred years, and perhaps has something to do with the architecture and building materials used in the house. An insurance company was created in 1822, so these houses are newer than that. "The Society of Mutual Insurance" for Homes in Madrid. The goal, I suppose was to have the owners compensated in case of fire and their homes rebuilt or repaired. The language used in the insurance company charter suggests it may have been built more as a way to help home owners than to make money. The insurance company was created by Don Manuel Maria de Goyri. There were several big fires in Madrid in the early 19th century, and the wooden houses was nearly completely destroyed. Part of the rules was that the owner had to put a plaque or sign on their house if they were insured.

Plaza de Angel


The Calle de las Huertas ends and becomes the Plaza de Angel. There is, in fact, a plaza, and we are standing in it and looking west when we took this picture. Some building in the Plaza de Angel.


The address of the Palacio Santa Ana is Plaza del Ángel, 6, 28012 Madrid, Spain). It is a sports club with a spa.

Apple Crush


Read it and weep! Here we are in the Apple Store. I believe it is near to Puerta del Sol. It is, as you can see, jammed with people and the lines are long. We had no business there, as we belong to Tribe Android. We just came to gawk. Like watching lemmings jump over a cliff, it was fascinating, but ever so slightly disconcerting.