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Fun Photo Friday — Almudena Cathedral and Royal Palace Favorites


The Lamppost

I hate selfies. Nobody knows how to take them, especially when incorporating the portrait in a tourist shot. Additionally, nothing gets my goat faster than some idiot with a selfie stick ruining my composition because they insist upon standing in front of the best view while holding that stick high above his head. If you must take a shot of others in your group, compose the shot while remembering the rule-of-thirds, snap the picture quickly, and get the heck out of everyone else’s way. Remember, the people in our group are secondary to the scenery:

Dolores and Earl Daniels posing with Ursula

That doesn’t mean you can’t have fun, though:

Ursula standing guard

Here is today’s gallery/slide show:

So concluded our tour of Madrid. Next up is a tour of the Norwegian Epic as we board the first of two cruise ships on our back-to-back voyages. But next week I’m going to take a break from this trip and rerun some holiday articles on Christmas lights and how to photograph them, as well as present my annual Christmas poem written in the style of Edgar Allan Poe and a Christmas detective short story written in the style of Mickey Spillane. If you enjoy those, you might want to check out some of my murder mysteries for that new Kindle or Nook eReader you got under the Christmas tree.

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Madrid — Day 3; the Royal Palace of Madrid


Royal Palace of Madrid

A short stroll across the Plaza de la Armeria takes you from the Almundena Cathedral to the Palacio Real de Madrid (Royal Palace of Madrid). Looking back toward the cathedral from southeast corner of the palace grounds, just outside the gates to the courtyard, will give you this view of the cathedral:

Almundera Cathedral as viewed from the Royal Palace

The Royal Palace is an incredible complex that has been a work in progress for around 1,000 years. The site began as a fortress. Following various military battles and changing of hands, the palace really began to take shape in 1735 after the original structures were destroyed by fire. Today it looks like this:

Royal Palace of Madrid

You can spend quite a while photographing the exterior details:

Royal Palace of Madrid

Royal Palace of Madrid

Royal Palace of Madrid

But you’ll also want to step inside. Above the grand staircase is a magnificent fresco created by Italian Rococo painter Corrado Giaquinto:

Royal Palace of Madrid

Other sights you’ll find inside the Royal Palace of Madrid:

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Madrid — Day 3; Almudena Cathedral


Almudena Cathedral

On day three our travel companions Dolores and Earl Daniels joined us for another trip aboard the Madrid City Tour hop-on/hop-0ff bus, but this time we had a specific destination in mind. Our objective on Day 3 was the Palacio Real de Madrid (Royal Palace of Madrid) and the Santa María la Real de La Almudena (Almundena Cathedral). These two structures directly face each other with the Plaza de la Armeria running between the two.

Plaza de la Armeria

Construction of Almundena Cathedral began in 1883 and was completed 110 years later. Why so long? Because work on the cathedral was stopped during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), and didn’t start up again until 1950.

Almudena Cathedral

We didn’t go inside, but I did spend quite some time photographing the exterior:

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