Saturday, September 10, 2016

The Retiro retreat from the hot sun...

Earthworks - All Heaven Broke Loose
Beethoven - Beethoven - Complete String Quartets
New Order - Substance
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin Remasters
Bill Nelson's Red Noise - Sound-On-Sound
Elvis Presley - The All Time Greatest Hits
Focus - Mother Focus
Neil Young - Comes A Time
Prince - Batman Soundtrack
Haydn - Haydn: Die Jahreszeiten
Bryan Ferry - Street Life - Greatest Hits
The Beatles - Revolver
Talk Talk - Spirit Of Eden
Patrick Moraz And Bill Bruford - Flags
Chick Corea - Now He Sings, Now He Sobs
Brinsley Schwarz - Greasy Truckers Party
Brian Eno - Music For Films 3
Lou Reed - Sally Can't Dance
Roxy Music - Viva! Roxy Music
Leonard Cohen - The Best Of
Alice Cooper - From the Inside
Faust - The Faust Tapes
Mozart - Classic CD (1990)
Paul McCartney & Wings - All The Best!
The Byrds - Greatest Hits (Remastered)
The Beach Boys - Smiley Smile
Françoise Hardy - Les Chansons D'Amour
It Bites - Thank You And Goodnight
Roy Harper - Lifemask
Kiss - Double Platinum
Strauss, R - The Opera Conductor
Aphrodite's Child - 666
Jon Anderson - Change We Must
Mott - Drive On
Telemann - The Chaconne Collection Vol.2
Pet Shop Boys - Alternative
Brian Eno & Jah Wobble - Spinner
Saturnalia - Magical Love
David Bowie - Stage
The Rolling Stones - Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!
Rain Tree Crow - Rain Tree Crow
Various Artists - Cloudland Blue Eclectic Selection 2016 Vols 1-52
Arlo Guthrie - Alice's Restaurant
Black Widow - Sacrifice
Weather Report - Domino Theory
Talk Talk - Natural History: The Very Best
Abwärts - Amok Koma
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Starlightnight Box Sampler
The Blue Nile - A Walk Across The Rooftops
Hawkwind - Electric Tepee
Kansas - In The Spirit Of Things
Lou Reed - Magic & Loss
John McLaughlin - Extrapolation
Corelli - Corelli: Concerti Grossi, Op. 6
Peter Gabriel - So
Rush - Chronicles
Steve Howe - Turbulence
Emerson Lake & Palmer - Works Volume 1
Asia - Then & Now
Genesis - Seconds Out
Haydn - String Quartets 1, 3 & 5: Hunt, Lark & Emperor
Purcell - Essential Purcell
Bill Bruford - Master Strokes 1978-1985
Adrian Belew - Mr. Music Head
Yes - Yesyears
Jethro Tull - Stand Up
Roy Wood - The Best Of & The Rest Of Roy Wood & Wizzard
The Clash - London Calling
Yello - Tied Up
Rush - A Show Of Hands
Emerson Lake & Palmer - Brain Salad Surgery
David Bowie - Tin Machine
Alice Cooper - Trash
Allan Holdsworth - Atavachron
Yello - Of Course I'm Lying
Rush - Rush
Allan Holdsworth - I.O.U.
Kiss - Smashes, Thrashes And Hits
Trevor Rabin - Can't Look Away
Roy Wood - You Can Dance The Rock 'n' Roll
Falco - Falco 3
Yes - Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe
Alice Cooper - Pretties For You
Don Henley - The End Of The Innocence
King Crimson - The Compact King Crimson
Yes - Yessongs
Paul McCartney - Flowers In The Dirt
Alice Cooper - Easy Action
The Tubes - Outside Inside
Belinda Carlisle - Runaway Horses
Yes - Drama
Erasure - The Innocents
Earthworks - Dig?
Rush - Presto
The Psychedelic Furs - All Of This And Nothing
It Bites - Still Too Young To Remember (Single)
Jeff Beck - Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop
Alaska + Dinarama - Fan Fatal
Scott Walker - Scott 4
John McLaughlin - My Goal's Beyond
The Kinks - The Singles Collection
Barenaked Ladies - Gordon
65daysofstatic - No Man's Sky: Music For an Infinite Universe
Kansas - Leftover The Airwaves
Craig Armstrong - Classically Chilled
I Roy - Frontline Presents Roots
Christine and the Queens - Christine and the Queens
Curtis Mayfield - Superfly (2CD Special Edition)
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Burnin'
Roxy Music - The Platinum Collection
Clean Bandit Feat. Eliza Shaddad - New Eyes [Special Edition]
Hugh Brodie - The Cream Of Funky Jams Vol. 1
John Barry - Beat For Beatniks & Beat Girls
Family 5 - Resistance
Commodores - Funk
Jeff Buckley - So Real: Songs From Jeff Buckley
Amanda Palmer/Anna Calvi/Paul Buchanan - BBC Bowie Prom

The rather large playlist reflects the difficulty in sleeping due to the hot, hot heat...

Up and out for rolls...

Already roasting... Plaza de Lavapiés...

On my return, Anne was enjoying a coffee on the balcony...

Breakfast... the music of 1989, the date of our last visit to this city...

The view from the office this morning...

The beast was about its business on the balcony with its Exec Producer...

Out and a walk to the Parque de el Retiro...

We took a back street route for its shadiness, along Calle Dr Piga...

Then, along the side of the Reina Sofia...

...once again, suitably attired...

Over the Paseo de Santa María de la Cabeza...

...past the impressive Estación de Madrid Atocha...

...and the equally impressive Ministry of Agriculture...

I liked the bookstalls of Cuesta de Moyano - but did not purchase as I cannot read Spanish...

Loadsa bargains, no doubt...

Over Calle de Alfonso XII...

..and into the gardens, probably the one place best remembered from our previous trip...

There was much activity going on - keep fit...

...painting... and tennis...

The gardens overlook part of the Prado museum...

To the lake but far too hot to take a boat trip...

We stumbled across a colony of feral cats...

...and kittens...

...who were sharing their patch with some unpictured and strangely confident, given their feline "room mates", ducks...

On round the lake... which Kermit was taking a rest...

Out and down...

...past the San Jerónimo el Real church...

...and the always packed Prado...

On, up the Plaza de las Cortes...

...and into town, eventually finding ourselves back at Plaza Santa Ana...

Did I mention it was super hot?

Drinks were partaken of, just down from Calleo...

A couple of record shops were visited but no purchases...

More walking - through Puerta Del Sol...

...and then back to...

...Plaza Santa Ana where great wee bar was found for more refreshments and some lunch...

Back home for a rest...

Back in Scotchland, both Queens and Hearts won 3-1 against St Mirren and Hamilton respectively - good times...

In the evening, out to Calle Argumosa for drinks... Bar le Petit...

...and, after a walk the whole length of the street and back, Bar Restaurante Noche Blanca, almost directly opposite...

The young ladies at the next table entertained, although we understood not one word that was said...

The beer made up for that though...

It s best not to shop when under the influence...

...but we ended up eating at home...

...whilst enjoying Real Madrid beating Ossosuna 5-2...

When in Madrid...

Highlight of the Day : Back at the Retiro...

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