A Day trip to visit the summer palace

Trip Start May 03, 2009
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Trip End Dec 22, 2009


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Flag of Spain  , Autonomous Region of Madrid,
Sunday, May 17, 2009

My second day trip from Madrid was to the city of Aranjuez, which was founded as a royal summer retreat, away from the big city of Madrid.  The palace is very posh, the the gardens are absolutely outstanding, especially at the right time of year.  I did tour the palace but don't have any photos of the interior.  Why, I don't know.

As before, I took the Asia bus which departed from the Mendez Alvaro station; the cost at the time was about 3.50 Euros and took about an hour.  The journey was rather dullish, like the day before, only in a different direction.  The bus stops here and there in the city, so if you knew the route, you could probably save yourself time and $ catching it along its route.  Oh well, I did well enough just to get to the bus station in the metro stop.

The palace is on a small river, the Tajo, in the middle of a huge spread of manicured gardens and an man-made mini waterfall.  When I first got off the bus, I was able to figure out the way to the place, as it's pretty much in sight of the bus station. 

When a person first enters the grounds, he is met by a beautifully manicured garden of roses.  Red roses, yellow ones.  I am just a tad late in the year, as the petals are starting to fall. In the middle of this garden stands a statue, a memorial to Isabel II, the Queen of Spain.

After traversing the gardens, the Plaza of San Antonio appears; the avenue leading to the palace.  On the left-hand side is the Real Igleasia de San Antonio, or the Royal Church of St. Anthony.  I wasn't able to gain entrance, so I just explored the exterior.

Finally, after walking 3-4 blocks, I encountered the palace.  It is quite something, as you can see.  On the backside of the palace, a huge beautiful garden filled with roses exists.  In retrospect, I think I arrived just about at the apex of the season.  Going back to the front entry, the portico goes along side the right hand side of the palace on the way to the entrance; and after walking down this portico, we reach the entrance to the Royal Palace.  I have shown a side view of the entrance, since it is so startling.  Looking towards the street, we see a huge courtyard enclosed by a huge fence with an entry way guarded by lions.

The video shows the palace backside of the palace.  Like I mentioned in the video, I have no idea if anyone lives here, who maintains it, or if it's still used by anybody.

We leave the palace, and walk down the Portico toward the Jardin de la Isla.  I've shown a map of the Garden to show the scope of the place.  Promenades, statues, buildings cover the grounds, and it is difficult to get orientation without a guide.  I oftentime photograph maps just to find my way around a place in real time. Again, we are met with the typical beautiful gardens, statues, walkways, etc.  There is a dam built on the river near the king's palace creating a beautiful little murmurring waterfall where ducks and geese reside.  The king's bedroom has windows that overlook this beautiful waterfall and pond.  Living like that must have been hard to take.

I walked all throughout the garden, down the promenade on the River Tajo and it is a beautiful stroll.

So, after touring the palace, I headed back to the bus to return to Madrid.


 




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