It’s Friday, so that means I am back with another installment of “Snapshots from Madrid.” Here Cy shares stunning architectural photos from Toledo and Buen Retiro Park in Madrid. Instead of the expected tourist response to the edifices, she shares her unique musings on the buildings.
There are a lot of things that I can say about Spain, some good and some bad, but I choose the good every day. What’s the use in rehearsing the problems that are familiar to us? Today, I bought a few souvenirs from street hawkers. The hawkers are a bit ragged, but they work hard. So I buy a little something. As a tourist, I am careful to spend money with traditional as well as non-traditional vendors. That way everyone benefits.
The photos I am sharing today are from the expected tourist routes. The first is an alley in the Jewish Quarter of Toledo.
The others are from Buen Retiro Park in Madrid. I think these are the remains of a palace, but I’m not sure. The “remains” are not like the “ruins” of Jerusalem and Greece. They’re more like museum structures–well-maintained partial structures with interiors.
What do these preserved historical edifices have in common with the vendors I encounter on the streets? I wonder what they would say about the paradoxes of which they are a part. If they could speak, what would these edifices say about the people who are selling wares against such backdrops of beauty…and oppression?
If you want more information, click the links to find out more about the Jewish Quarter of Toledo and Buen Retiro Park and be sure to tune in next week for our final installment of “Snapshots from Madrid.”