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Madrid streets and sights

My first thoughts on emerging into the daylight at Puerta del Sol: yes, this is above all a European city, a harmonious whole far greater than the sum of its parts.

The promise of another crisp winter’s day in a truly cosmopolitan city quickens the senses, a feeling in the air reminiscent of London or New York. The Paseo del Prado bustles with commuters, a carefully-dressed woman walking her dog, the early-bird tourists poring over street maps.

Even the derelicts have style… classical music emanates from one recumbent bundle of garments on a park bench in the Buen Retiro. They’re a seriously intellectual lot: a sem-permanent pavement book fair stretches down the pavement of the Paseo de Recoletos, near the florid bulk of the Palace of Communications, Madrid’s general post office.

Men in their sixties stroll by with one arm around a woman’s shoulder. Women here are by no means shrouded in black, far too stylish to so limit themselves.

Digital images were taken with Nikon D200 (10 mpx) using RAW format, others are scanned from 35mm Fujichrome transparencies. All are available for licensing. Please visit www.travelgame.org

Alcala Torre on Calle Alcala
Alcala Torre on Calle Alcala
Palacio de Communicaciones
Palacio de Communicaciones
Iron gate of an historic monastery on Calle Alcala
Iron gate of an historic monastery on Calle Alcala
Looking east to the Hotel Ritz and beyond
Looking east to the Hotel Ritz and beyond
Skyline looking south from Calle Alcala
Skyline looking south from Calle Alcala
Metropolis Building on Calle Alcala
Metropolis Building on Calle Alcala
Palacio de Communicaciones
Palacio de Communicaciones
Gran Via
Gran Via
Casa Real, Puerto del Sol
Casa Real, Puerto del Sol
Christmas festival, Plaza Mayor
Christmas festival, Plaza Mayor
Christmas festival, Plaza Mayor
Christmas festival, Plaza Mayor
Street cafe
Street cafe
Fiddler busking near the Plaza Mayor
Fiddler busking near the Plaza Mayor
Shopping strip on Calle Preciados
Shopping strip on Calle Preciados
Palacio de Oriente, the Bourbon palace
Palacio de Oriente, the Bourbon palace
Plaza de Oriente at dusk
Plaza de Oriente at dusk
La Moresia quarter
La Moresia quarter
Travesa del Nuncio street signs
Travesa del Nuncio street signs
Parque del Retiro
Parque del Retiro
Museo del Prado, the Prado Museum
Museo del Prado, the Prado Museum
Reina Sofia Modern Art Museum
Reina Sofia Modern Art Museum
Picasso's 'Guernica' at the Reina Sofia Museum of Art
Picasso's 'Guernica' at the Reina Sofia Museum of Art
Extension of the Reina Sofia
Extension of the Reina Sofia
The 1903 Modernist style Palacio de Longoria, Calle Fernando VI
The 1903 Modernist style Palacio de Longoria, Calle Fernando VI
The Palacio de Longoria
The Palacio de Longoria