My first trip here was in 2010 and back then my purpose for the visit and the part of town I was in was different than where I am now. Today though I decided to stroll around that other part – the part where more of the famous and touristy areas are: Puerta del Sol, Parque de El Reterio, museums and such.

The Festival of San Isidro was taking place which meant for some fun music in the Plaza Mayor.

I didn’t stay long but I did enjoy watching people in traditional dress performing traditional dance.

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Once inside the Park it was a much more peaceful world than on the street. Sounds of water and people relaxing replaced the bustle of moving crowds and sirens of emergency vehicles.

 

Around the exit I found a street full of markets and antique book tables, on a slant.

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