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Aranjuez a Summer Day August 17, 2014

Posted by cantueso in history, photography, Spain.
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little girl and mother

Mother and daughter are out for a walk, maybe going to the brand-new swimming pool.  It is 33º C, that is more than 90º F. If this heat wave stays any longer, all the flowers will be gone in no time.

What would they be talking about? Though you see the little girl only from the back, you can  see her smile.

little girl and mother walking Photo permission ghD

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Driving distance Madrid Aranjuez : 27 miles or 43.44 km

Aranjuez used to be the royal spring residence, and you can still see that in its architecture and gardens.

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Aranjuez is a small town of maybe some 40 000 inhabitants, but has an old history, because in the past the royal families used to spend the summer here, and so there are vast old gardens and luxurious buildings.

The Palace of Aranjuez

palacio-de-aranjuez

Royal_Palace_of_Aranjuez by Ángel Serrano Sánchez de León  published under the CC Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Palace_of_Aranjuez
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Photo permission ghD

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia do not live in this palace. It is open to tourists.  The gardens  formerly reserved for the royals and their guests are now also open to everybody:

Foto von  MartinPutz unter CC
Namensnennung Weitergabe und gleichen Bedingungen wie  http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e5/Aranjuez_Palacio_Real_1.jpg/800px-Aranjuez_Palacio_Real_1.jpg

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This  photo and the one below (C)  MAO.

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(C) MAO

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The Church of San Antonio:

Church of San Antonio

This photo by Martin Putz is under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Aranjuez_San_Antonio_1.jpg

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Guess what this could be

portico Photo permission ghD

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See this photo at http://www.panoramio.com/photo/799579

This long corridor with those beautiful arches is the entrance to the tax authorities’ offices.

And once you are inside and they make you wait a little, this is what you see from the window:

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The sky wasn’t photogenic that day, and you almost could not see the swallows, hundreds of swallows in daily practice getting ready for their trans-Mediterranean July flight back home.

And this is the Royal Palace as seen from the taxman’s office:

See this photo at http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/799598.jpg

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The bullring of Aranjuez:

The bullfight is as controversial in Spain as elsewhere. It should not be seen as a spectacle but as a ritual. Tourism and TV have changed its meaning and its reach.
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From the specialized blog at http://torear.blogspot.com/

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El Puente Largo, the long bridge that crosses the Jarama river: this is where the Spanish guerrilla was lying in wait for Napoleon’s shock and awe armies:

Photo permission ghD

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aranjuez estanque

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  See this  photo at http://juanramonvillanueva.wordpress.com

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The origin of the name Aranjuez is not known but could be  Arab.

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The Concierto de Aranjuez is a composition by Joaquín Rodrigo  for classical guitar and orchestra.
There is a Youtube  guitar version of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez played by a Japanese girl at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsXLfnVuj30

Paco de Lucía’s version is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8LL1x6J2rU

and finally here is  Eugene Plushenko skating to Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez for the  European Championship 2010 gold medal.
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poppies-looking-at-their-shadows Photo permission ghD

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Photo permission  MAO

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The picture of the black swan with her white babies is at http://www.rose-hulman.edu/~cornwell/perth_pictures.htm.

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