Madrid: Greetings from Retiro Park!
MADRID, Spain—EuroCheapo’s “Wandering Cheapo” Kari Hoerchler arrived yesterday morning in Madrid, where she’ll spend a week strolling about town. While there, we asked her to snap some shots of everyday life in Madrid on her fancy new iPhone.
Today Kari visited Retiro Park. Part of Madrid’s Jeronimos district, Retiro Park was originally part of Real Sitio del Buen Retiro, a palace complex for Felipe IV (1621–1665). In the 17th century, the park grounds provided a private playground for the royal family. By 1869, it was fully open to the public. Welcome to Retiro Park!
Entering from Calle de Alfonso II and el Cason del Buen Retiro.
View of el Cason del Buen Retiro
Yes, those are magnolias you see, imported from the southeastern United States. How exotic!
Inside los Jardines de Cecilo Rodriguez
Built in 1887 by architect Ricardo Velázquez Bosco, Palacio de Cristal was inspired by the structure of the same name, en ingles, in London. The glass and steel structure was originally designed to stage an exhibition of tropical plants during the Philipinne Islands Exhibition.
Che, pavito real! Peacocks are friendly inside los Jardines de Cecilo Rodriguez.
School children tracing tree bark along Paseo Parterre
Thanks for the photos, Kari. We look forward to hearing and seeing more from Madrid!
All photos by Kari Hoerchler