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Under the eves


sunny 25 °C

Rocking possum, Merino and Melbourne boots I strutted with spouse through the streets of Madrid. Every corner turned, a new vista consisting of a plaza brimming with life and imposing architectural extravagances . It was so exciting just exploring. Our apartment was tucked away under the eves of the city, which meant that most of our everyday functions such as getting dressed were achieved by crawling around on our hands and knees, not always elegant. Nevertheless, great position as we were in the heart of the city, 5 mins walk to the Prado, Retiro gardens and all the galleries. Madrid oozes style and we lapped it up, food, coffee, culture and clothes. Within 24 hours I had bought 2 pairs of camper shoes, oh so necessary for travel comfort and we had gorged our selves on every morsel on offer. Sampling everything we could of the Madrilliano cuisine, best loved was the Tapas bar in La Latin called Juana La Loca. Every dish a delight, beautiful wine and great company. Sadly such over indulgence forced a much more meagre diet over the last few days. Favourite gallery was the Thyssen Bornemisza, a contained gallery with a comprehensive selection of beautiful pieces and as an added bonus, a hyper realism exhibition that was really interesting. We made one sojourn from the city to Cordoba, where we immersed ourselves in moorish art and architecture. Just loved Madrid and would return in a heart beat, maybe next time to live for a bit ! Who knows !

Posted by Pips trip 12:58 Archived in Spain Comments (1)

Scent of Spice


Arriving in Doha set the tone for a new travel experience. Our hotel is on the edge of Souk Waqif, the market place, looking a little like a set from a movie about the French Foreign Legion. As we stand on our balcony we can smell the spices, rich with cumin. We peek down at the world where men lie languidly on their wheel barrows and families dressed in white and black wander in and out of the cavernous market in search of sweets, house hold goods or maybe even a kitten or a budgerigar. We went for a walk along the Corniche with it's skyscrapers towering with their weirdly twisted shapes and returned on a Dow after some haggling over the price, a necessary part of the experience. Highlight of the visit was a trip to the museum of Islamic Art. Amazing space, beautifully shaped amd desined by I.M. Pei (Louvre-pyramid) to show off the antiquities within. History of Islam in art and artefact, line, design, colour, texture. A feast for the eye. Our first chapter has whet the appetite for more, it's good to be on the road again.

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