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Christopher DeWolf

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you last heard from me in june, when i was about to leave with my girlfriend, the indominatable mlle. laine, for europe. six weeks, seven destinations, eleven plane rides: we're back. it wasn't quite a whirlwind tour, since we had about a week to soak up each place, except for lisbon.

i am preparing ten threads that i will post in august and september. this is the fourth.

KILGORE IN EUROPE :: Photo Schedule

01 -- LONDON (Part One)
02 -- PARIS (Part One)
03 -- ROME
04 -- MADRID (Part One)
05 -- PARIS (Part Two)
06 -- LISBON
07 -- MADRID (Part Two)
09 -- PARIS (Part Three)
10 -- LONDON (Part Two)

the photos in this series were taken by myself, except for those taken by mlle. laine, which are noted.


MADRID
(part one)

madrid was the most memorable city on our trip. both laine and i felt more comfortable there than in any other city, despite neither of us speaking any spanish. (luckily, i found it easy enough to pick up and was at least able to order food. it helped that most madrileños were eager to converse in spanish, whether i understood or not.) a friend who recently returned from madrid put it very simply: "if paris is effortlessly beautiful, madrid is effortlessly alive." yes, madrid is a city that sleeps -- during the afternoon. otherwise, it is one of the most convivial cities i have visited. it doesn't hurt that time spent in madrid makes you feel like a character in an almodóvar film.

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Another great tour, thanks for posting. I love that view of the Gran Via in your first pic... I assume it's the same street in your last pic. I loved Madrid as well, probably for similar reasons... after being in Rome, it felt so comfortable and civilised. Spain as a whole was very memorable, including the Moorish south.
 
yep, it's the gran via in both pictures. by far the most interesting main street i encountered on this trip.

i also agree that madrid felt so much more comfortable than rome. some people simply refuse to accept it, but i just wasn't at ease in rome. the state of infrastructure, the attitude of the average person, the overall atmosphere... it is just a very disagreeable city. going to madrid by contrast felt a little bit like coming home, even if i had never been there before.
 
Funny, I never got that vibe in Rome. But based on both your observations I'll have to go to Madrid to make a comparison. Not that I'm complaining at the thought.

Once again, great photos.
 
Great piece of street art in picture 12. A nice combination of freehand and stencil, with a powerful message.
 
Wonderful shots. Madrid is a tremendously interesting place, though I think it suffers a bit from the Barcelona rivalry; it's not as pretty or glamorous or in as spectacular a setting, but it has a lot more depth--as much as any European capital save London and Paris.

It has a fantastic Metro too.
 

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