Madrid, Spain

Madrid Av del Ensanche de Vallecas 51

Madrid Avenida del Ensanche de Vallecas 51

Bullfighting would be more likely associated with Madrid, Spain than its architecture.  However, the draw for me was some uniquely designed buildings and staircases.  The bullfights had ended about a month before my arrival.
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Barcelona Music Hall

Barcelona Music Hall Panorama

Barcelona Music Hall Panorama the Palau de la Música Catalana

This magnificent music hall is known to Barcelonians as Palau de la Música Catalana.  I walked here late one afternoon in search of tour tickets, only to find the ticket office had closed hours earlier.  The walk here took me down some of the many narrow streets which are common in the older sections of the city.
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Cadillac Ranch near Amarillo, Texas

Cadillac Ranch Panorama

Cadillac Ranch near Amarillo is an iconic roadside attraction along RT66.  Hundreds of visitors daily walk the 100 yards through mud, snow and heat to leave their spray paint mark on ten Cadillacs stuck nose first in a Texas cornfield.  This random act of art was created in 1974 by a group of hippies from San Francisco who called themselves the Ant Farm.  The goal of the wealthy financial backer, Stanley Marsh III, was allegedly to baffle the locals.  So ten Cadillac cars, ranging from the 1949 Club Sedan to the 1963 Sedan de Ville, were partially buried  in the ground.  Soon people were tearing off tail fins and other parts as souvenirs and spray painting the frames.  Today the cars are not all that recognizable as Cadillacs, with little left but their bare frames.  The layers of spray paint have built up to over an inch thick during the past 40 years, chunks of which are now keepsakes for people breaking off pieces to take with them.

These photos are available for sale in my RT66 Gallery.

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