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The Festival of San Isidro

The Festival of San Isidro

San Isidro is the patron saint of Madrid. The festival is celebrated every May 15, and people wear their traditional garb. They are called chulapas.


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Tourista

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Euro Cliff

Euro Cliff


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Roman Aquaduct

Roman Aquaduct

This 115 foot tall aquaduct is one of the few and best remaining examples of Roman engineering.


Segovia traffic circle

Segovia traffic circle

Thankfully I was not driving, seeing as I can´t even navigate the one on Clearwater Beach.


Oink oink

Oink oink

Segovia is known for conchinillo, suckling pig that is regarded as a delicacy. It was quite good, though I felt bad for the little fellows.


A taverna in Segovia

A taverna in Segovia

Those are cured hams behind me. They love some ham in Spain.


The Cathedral of Segovia

The Cathedral of Segovia

And its beautiful cloister


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Segovia castle

Segovia castle

This castle was the inspiration for Walt Disney's "Cindarella castle" in the theme parks


Yummy paella

Yummy paella

In Spain the birthday person takes his friends out instead of vice versa. Cliff took Luis' family, his friend Nikko and me out for a delicious paella meal, where we had three kinds of paella, including this one that actually featured noodles and this giant prawn.


The Cafe Valencia

The Cafe Valencia

Where we ate delicious paella for Cliff's bday.


Cable car

Cable car

There is another word for these buckets that I can't think of. The cars take people above the Caso de Campo, a huge park in the heart of Spain.


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With Luis in the cable car

With Luis in the cable car


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Cliff outside the new building

Cliff outside the new building

Luis is an architect and is working on transforming this building into apartments for tourists.


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A potter

A potter


Kitschy Spanish pottery

Kitschy Spanish pottery

On Saturday we came across a group of artisans selling crafts in a square. If only I had room in my suitcase for these.


Nikko lighting the candles on Cliff's carrot cake cupcakes

Nikko lighting the candles on Cliff's carrot cake cupcakes


Carrot cake cupcakes

Carrot cake cupcakes

Cliff has a tradition of eating carrot cake cupcakes on his birthday each year. His friend Nikko baked this year's and brought them to the bar where we celebrated his day. Yum.


Luis celebrating Cliff's birthday

Luis celebrating Cliff's birthday

At the club ...


Madrid's city hall

Madrid's city hall


Fountain of Cibeles

Fountain of Cibeles

In front of Madrid's city hall.


Living statues

Living statues

These guys were actually pretty good.


Fountain of Neptune

Fountain of Neptune

This is near the Prado, and right across from Starbucks. When Starbucks came here a few years ago everyone thought it would flop because the Spanish people are particular about their coffee, but it's a huge success and they are all over the city.


The Prado

The Prado

I went on International Museum Day, which meant eight zillion people were there because it was free.


Goya statue

Goya statue

Outside the Prado, where they have a HUGE collection of his work. There are about 8,600 pieces in the Prado collection, and only one third can be displayed at any one time.


Church by the Prado

Church by the Prado

This church (I can't remember the name) is next to the Prado, and I believe the only Gothic church in Madrid.


Set of muses

Set of muses


Muse from Hadrian's Villa

Muse from Hadrian's Villa

The Roman Emperor Hadria had a villa in Tivoli. This muse in the Prado lived there.


Near my parents' hotel

Near my parents' hotel


Beautiful architecture

Beautiful architecture


Baby Martina

Baby Martina

Luis' niece, Martina, Nate's future Spanish penpal.


Cliff's birthday lunch at Luis' family's house

Cliff's birthday lunch at Luis' family's house

We had a yummy meal prepared by Luis' mom, followed by this dessert wine traditional to Spain.


I'm sure it's even better when it's subtitled

I'm sure it's even better when it's subtitled


Evil looking Hugh Laurie

Evil looking Hugh Laurie

I think it was the reflection of the sun, but Hugh Laurie looks a little demonic in this ad for tonic.


Temple of Debod

Temple of Debod

The Egyptian government donated this temple to Spain in 1968 after Spain helped it save some other monuments. The sister temple is at the Met in New York.


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