Madrid (2)

Tuesday morning in Madrid.   There’s a taxi strike which feels more like a General Strike.   Every taxi driver is assembled for a big march down the Paseo del Prado, armed with firecrackers.   Most of the shops are closed.   I left the hotel to explore more of the local neighbourhood, including the Caixa Forum, which was converted by Herzog and de Meuron out of a local power station, with a vertical garden by Patrick Blanc:-

From here, I walked through the old working class district of Lavapiés, admiring the occasional remains of nineteenth-century Madrid – the lettering on old shops and bars, the squares created by Joseph Bonaparte by his demolition of convents and monasteries – back to the more densely populated and prosperous Barrio de las Letras:-

This is no. 13, Calle de las Huertas with an elaborate ornamental doorway by Pedro de Ribera, dated 1734:-

So, back to the hotel:-


4 thoughts on “Madrid (2)

  1. It’s a delight to see all the elements that make EAST LONDON so good being applied to Madrid – your eye for architectural detail etc and your photography.

    It underlines my earlier remark that you and Thames and Hudson ought to go on and do a blog/ book on several key cities – Barcelona, Paris, Rome, Vienna, Edinburgh, Moscow, St Petersburg, Amsterdam etc.

  2. Christopher Nevile says:

    I think to remedy some of the frustrations of your trip a visit to La Trucha to enjoy a helping of Anguillas is called for.

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