Category Archives: Madrid Vacation

Gypsies in Madrid

(I wrote the first part of this story in 2011 while visiting Madrid. The second part was written this week after a man contacted me about his experiences there.) On a summer in Madrid, en route to the sumptuous Prado National Museum, I told the taxi driver that the day before I’d visited and been […]

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Impressions of Madrid

Would I ever want to live in Madrid? I didn’t know. I hadn’t been there so before going prepared vigorously, studying maps and scouring cyberspace and printing out stacks of material that bulged from three folders. In Madrid I annotated my reference material and encouraged local citizens to also do so. I jumped into dozens […]

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Gallery Search in Madrid

This story is part of the collection “Paint it Blue”

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Prostitues in the Streets of Madrid

My first evening in Madrid I strolled from my hotel a hundred yards to Gran Via, the most celebrated street in Spain and frequent scene from movies highlighting its ornate old buildings and statues that hold up balconies bordered by iron railings. After waiting for frenetic traffic to stop at a red light, many people […]

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Dining at the Hotel Ritz in Madrid

The double-deck tour bus with top open had just completed its modern Madrid route north of downtown on shady Paseo del Prado into the chic Salamanca neighborhood where renowned Real Madrid plays soccer in a massive stadium and the most exclusive shops are found, and then back down Calle Serrano past several elegant foreign embassies […]

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Getting to Madrid

My journey to Madrid began on a Sunday morning as I drove from blistering Bakersfield down Highway 99 toward Los Angeles and punched sports talk radio but heard an ESPN guy strain to be funny and cool but sounding lame: most jockeys lack comedic skills and can’t sustain the purported subject matter of their shows. […]

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Nazis Attack Karl Schmitt-Rottluff

This story is part of the collection Paint it Blue

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Franco Beholds Guernica

This story is part of the collection “Paint it Blue” To view “Guernica,” please click here Sources: Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid; Wikipedia – Guernica, Francisco Franco;

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The Young Ribera

This story is from the collection “Paint it Black”

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Angry Subjects of Antonio Lopez in Madrid

This story is part of the collection “Paint it Black”

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