Saturday, April 09, 2011

Madrid, Segovia and lots of walking

Puerta del Sol is the heart of Madrid. It attracts all kinds of protests and performance artists.

All highways in Spain used to measure their distances from Kilometer Zero in the Puerta del Sol. 
Much of the heart of Madrid is for pedestrians only, and they mob the place

Botanical Gardens of Charles III, first built in the 18th century.

Parque del Retiro, Madrid.

Parque del Retiro
A puppet show keeps kids totally engaged

Jazz musician with his axe. Always in search of the next gig.

A Finnish tourist we met outside the Alcazar (fortress) in Segovia.

Kids in the schoolyard in Segovia
Storks occupy the tops of some trees and buildings in Segovia

1 comment:

  1. Great photos and journal of your trip, Jim; thanks much. A comment on the Basque language--it seems, from scholarly sources I've checked, that it is not Indo-European. It is regarded as a "language isolate", basically meaning it is unique. It seems to be the only remaining language of the pre-Indo-European inhabitants of Western Europe.
    Basque is referred to as Euskara by its speakers.
    Enjoy your trip! Frank