Monday, August 6, 2012

El Retiro, Madrid, Spain

There is a large park in Spain called Parque del Buen Retiro or El Retiro. This translates to Park of the Pleasant Retreat.  The park is a mix of gardens, sculptures and little nooks and crannies where one can just relax. 

We decided not to take excursions from Madrid on this trip. The thought of spending a day here then hustling to go there just seemed to be a bit exhausting. This style of travel allowed us to relax and if we wanted to spend a day just chillaxing in a park, then we could. And we did.

This is Alfonso XII, El Pacificador to which a monument complex was erected in the beginning of the 20th century.

©2012 Steve Borichevsky

©2012 Steve Borichevsky

©2012 Steve Borichevsky©2012 Steve Borichevsky

Alfonso is overlooking a large pond that is filled with little rowboats.

©2012 Steve Borichevsky

At the foot of the monument is a statue of a mermaid. I noticed a local custom of having lovers’ names inscribed on padlocks and affixing them to the statue.

©2012 Steve Borichevsky

©2012 Steve Borichevsky

©2012 Steve Borichevsky

I much prefer this mode of graffiti as a bolt cutter is a much easier means of freshening up the environment.

1 comment:

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

I noticed this type of "graffiti" in Florence on the Ponte Vecchio. Clearly easier to clean off and much more interesting to look at. I wonder at the appeal of doing this. Their love is all locked up? Think Carlota 'n Javi are still together? Hmmmmmm.....

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