Capital


Madrid is the capital of Spain but I have to confess that it is not one of my favorite cities.

I think there is some resentment in my feelings ( history, politics…) and took me a long time to visit it.

The first time I went with my husband in March 2015, I almost forced myself to it, I felt guilty for having been in London or Paris before than in the capital of my own country.

I didn’t take too many pictures, I was still not comfortable there.

We went around the center, I found some streets a bit dirty and crowded (negative feelings, still there…)

I found it much more pleasant to walk through the park of El Retiro, a very beautiful place.

Something positive (finally…) that I found in the capital, the number of museums and exhibitions that can be seen. On that first visit I had the good fortune to coincide with an exhibition of my admired Chema Madoz, a poet-photographer or a photographer-poet…

That same year in October I had the opportunity to repeat the visit, this time accompanying a group of Fujifilm X-photographers. I didn’t take many pictures of Madrid either, I was more interested in my fellow photographers.

I think I’ll be back this year, we’re planning with some friends to spend a few days in Madrid, I’ll tell you if I start to feel a little better there

Posted as part of Lens-Artists: Capital

This week, is hosted by Viveka of My Guilty Pleasures. Well done, Viveka!

 

27 thoughts on “Capital

  1. Madrid, what a fantastic city … very elegant and proud. It took me with surprised and I’m planning to go back in winter so I can have the city all by myself because there were massive queues to everything and a bit too hot for comfort in September. Thanks for wanting to play with me.

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    1. Thank you, Viveka 🙂 Yes, I also think it’s a little better if it’s not summer. But Madrid is always full of people. Enjoy the trip!

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    1. Hey, on this blog the only one who can speak bad of my country, is me!!! hahaha

      I think especially the most touristy cities, but we have places with a lot of charm. 🙂

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  2. Despite your feeling Ana your opening image is a beautiful composition. Having read your history post I can understand your hesitation. They say time heals all wounds. Perhaps that’s true for cities too

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    1. Yes, you are right. And I admit that I am beginning to feel less rejection for my capital, although I don’t think it will become one of my favorite places.

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  3. Capitals and big cities are sometimes difficult to be “understood” in a short visit!
    But for sure after some time the many opportunities will arise and catch with your interests. Love the Chema Madoz photos, poetry and photography are a good combination! And I like your last photo, with the small human beings immersed in such a geometry! Well seen and well done! Never been in Madrid but soon or later I’ll make a visit, at least to visit the Prado !

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  4. I am glad you finally visited anyway…hope you are too. I love the Retiro park and the museums. Go to both when I visit Madrid. That wall of plants – it was the first time I saw anything like it then. History and politics can make me not wanting to go to some countries and some cities…so I understand your feelings a bit. Beautiful city shots – where was the last one taken? I don’t recognize it at all!

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    1. I’m sorry to say that I haven’t visited Valencia or Seville, but they’re on my list of pending visits.

      Thanks for commenting 🙂

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