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Aranjuez a Summer Day August 17, 2014

Posted by anagasto 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:

tn_for aranjuez post

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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Comments»

1. David - July 2, 2008

Oh, what a lovely little post cantueso! Thank you. You took these photos, no? And that piece of music is so beautiful. I let it play as I looked at the poppies and the girls walking up the street.

That’s so funny about that building with the arches! You can feel the vacuum of that long corridor sucking the money out of your pockets!

2. cantueso - July 2, 2008

No, I did not take the photos. The architecture, the park, the men playing cards are from the net, and the others were taken by an American friend of mine. I am sure he would take great pictures of people in the street, but he is much too polite even to take them from the back, except at a distance.

Of course he believes that people sense it if you look at them, and dogs do, too.

3. cantueso - July 26, 2008

To David

This post got accidentally deleted, and so I put it back up. This is why, as you might notice, your comment and mine seem to be a few weeks older than the post.

4. raul - August 2, 2008

I like this post so much; really beautiful and sensitive! and the music chosen-is simply therapeutic.Thank you!

5. PlanetaJob - August 10, 2008

Кульная вещь!!!

6. Rags35 - August 12, 2008

Could you explain again why your tax authorities reside in such an expensive building? I know you told me once or tried, but I must not have understood properly, because again I thought it was shocking to see such luxury displayed like that.

7. cantueso - August 13, 2008

It is the only way to maintain these buildings ! There are many. Until recently Aranjuez was all run down, with poppies growing on the marble steps of old villas and also on some roofs. Now they have been fixing it up.

8. rags35 - April 27, 2009

Can’t get to this post. What’s wrong with it? I googled and got Napoleon’s Hat first and then the Famous Buildings.

9. cantueso - April 27, 2009

I know. It happens from time to time that all kinds of links all point to the same post. Yesterday there were about 50 hits for the “Famous Buildings”.

10. sapstaike - June 17, 2009

Дизайн у Вас интересный, я вот тоже для блога искал – стала прикручивать, а все посты куда то делись. Эээх… буду писать заново
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Sapstaike says she is writing a blog too. (That I understand clearly, but I am not sure about what comes next and Google can’t get it better, either:)

She has been doing a search and all her posts disappeared, so that now she has to write them anew.
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11. rt472 - August 10, 2010

I was in Madrid, but I didn’t visit Aranjuez. We went to a place called Esquiral instead. I guess Aranjuez would have been better.

12. nikotev01 - June 8, 2011

Very good photos! Thank you!
Nick

cantueso - June 8, 2011

Do you know that your nick and your avatar are not linked to your site?

13. 小林 エバ - December 6, 2011

what a beautiful Palacio de Aranjuez, it’s great..

14. santiago - December 12, 2011

These are great photos nd the whole post leaves a very happy impression.


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