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Palacio de Cibeles, Fuente de Cibeles, Plaza de Cibeles, Paseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain, España, fotoeins.com

Madrid: Paseo del Prado, new UNESCO WHS

Congratulations to Madrid and Spain!

In the Spanish capital city, the Paseo del Prado and the adjacent Parque del Retiro were inscribed together as a new UNESCO World Heritage Site on 25 July 2021. The Paseo del Prado is a wide tree-lined boulevard populated with big fountains, beautiful architecture, and buildings dedicated to scientific research and to collections of world-class art. As prototype to the Hispanic “alameda” found throughout Latin America towns and cities, Paseo del Prado is an display of vision and desire for an idyllic society within the (former) Spanish Empire.


Palacio de Cibeles, Fuente de Cibeles, Plaza de Cibeles, Paseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain, España, fotoeins.com

Plaza de Cibeles: Palacio de Cibeles (palace 1919); Fuente de Cibeles (fountain 1780, moved 1895).

Banco de España, Plaza de Cibeles, Paseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain, España, fotoeins.com

Plaza de Cibeles: Banco de España (1891).

Palacio de Linares, Casa América, Plaza de Cibeles, Paseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain, España, fotoeins.com

Plaza de Cibeles: Palacio de Linares (1877), host to Casa América.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Diego de Velázquez, Aniceto Marinas, Paseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain, España, fotoeins.com

Diego de Velázquez statue (1899) by sculptor Aniceto Marinas, in front of the Prado Museum (1819).


I made all images above on 9 May 2009 with a Canon EOS450D (Rebel XSi). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-lhx.

Fraser River, Port Mann Bridge, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

World Rivers Day: 50+ rivers from around the world

Above: Fraser River, east from Port Mann Bridge, between Coquitlam and Surrey, BC (HL).

The fourth Sunday in September is World Rivers Day. The University of Oxford’s Dictionaries defines ‘river‘ as:

“a large natural stream of water flowing in a channel to the sea, a lake, or another river.”

A river has always been water supply and demand: daily use and consumption; farming and agriculture; and where the waste goes, often back into the same supply. A river has always been about transport: trade and delivery of goods; shuttling people between places; and with people travelling, the exchange of language and culture. Throughout history, the establishment of towns and cities and the subsequent development of rivers have been about a mix of urban and rural elements, and about the relationship and interactions between people and their waterways.


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Alhambra, Sierra Nevada, Granada, Andalucia, Spain, fotoeins.com

UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Around the World

Since 1995, I’ve been fortunate to experience significant travel: first as green graduate student on my first (of many) trips to Chile; followed by the opportunity to live and work in 3 countries on 3 continents inside a span of 10 years. I didn’t give much thought about their relative importance at the time, but I’m lucky to have visited a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites (WHS).

UNESCO World Heritage logo, Wikimedia CC3 license

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Madrid: Estación Atocha

Before traveling to Granada for a week-long meeting in May 2009, I spent a few days visiting the Spanish capital city of Madrid.

I spent a busy afternoon in Madrid visiting two important art museums: Museo Nacional del Prado, and Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Later that evening, I changed gears and made my way to Estación de Madrid Atocha, which is the largest train station in Madrid.

I’m drawn to trains and to train stations. Like planes and airports, the terminals are places where I think about starting a journey, not ending one. Where shall I go next? A high-speed express train to Barcelona, or destinations in southern Spain?

At 830pm, there were many people rushing in and out of the station – many in and out of the Metro, and some of them rushing to catch their trains to Córdoba and Sevilla.

The initial terminal began operation in 1851. After fire destroyed most of the building, reconstruction was completed and the second terminal was opened in 1892. After renovations in 1992, the ‘old’ terminal became a large entry hall/mall with cafés, seating, and tropical gardens. There’s an interesting parallel with the landside-airside division of airport terminals, as the ‘old’ Atocha appears to be the landside counterpart to the ‘new’ railside terminal.

Overall, Atocha station is much larger now, and consists of the Madrid Atocha Cercanías and Madrid Puerta de Atocha stations for Spanish national railways, and the Atocha Renfe station for the Madrid underground metro-transit system.

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Estación Atocha, Atocha, Madrid, Spain, España, fotoeins.com

Building facade and entrance, old Atocha terminal.

Departures area, Estación Atocha, Atocha, Madrid, Spain, España, fotoeins.com

Departures area into the ‘new’ terminal. “¿A Córdoba o Sevilla hoy noche?”

Estación Atocha, Atocha, Madrid, Spain, España, fotoeins.com

Jardín Tropical de Atocha (tropical garden): never in a hurry, do the turtles have it right?

Estación Atocha, Atocha, Madrid, Spain, España, fotoeins.com

Atocha: inside the old terminal.


I made the four photos above on 9 May 2009 with a Canon EOS450D (Rebel XSi). This post is published originally on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-sN.

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