Translated as “Park of Pleasant Retreat”, this vast and peaceful park in Madrid really did love up to its name. This photo is of the Palacio del Crystal (Crystal Palace) designed as a greenhouse to feature different exhibits through the years. It was an architectural feat of creating this house from glass and steel and the result is a treat for the eyes. It was built in 1887 for an exhibit of the Philippines – including exotic plants and flowers, animals and even a representation of a native village. Surrounding the building is a lake, tall, green trees, and paved walkways. It was a clear, sunny day and we were able to take a leisurely walk by the walk and take in different views of the palace. What a nice day! 🙂
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