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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!

Monday, 14 May 2012

Retiro Park

Retiro Park covers a large area in the middle of Madrid. It used to be the gardens of the Buen Retiro Palace which opened in 1635. Its usage has changed greatly over the years and now walking through the park you come across roller bladers, skate-boarders, numerous cyclists, joggers or groups practising their tai-chi. There are also some amazing buildings in the park such as the Crystal Palace. 

Palacio de Cristal

Detail of the iron and glass structure which was inspired by the Crystal Palace in London and the Palm house at Kew. It was built in 1887 as a hot house for the tropical plants of the Philippines. Now it is used as an exhibition space. 

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