Welcome to the Barrio

Two weeks ago, we were relieved to regain the freedom of being able to leave our apartment and go for a walk, as long as it wasn’t far from home. With not much else allowed, however, there was nothing else to do but enjoy strolling around and admire the outside world. It was lovely.

I don’t think I’ve ever looked as intently at the architecture in my neighbourhood of Chamberí, Madrid. Such a spectrum of styles. Some of the buildings are beautiful, some are remarkable in other ways, and some, well, I’m sure the architect’s mother loved them. But they’re all interesting, especially after two months of looking at (and sometimes climbing) the walls of my apartment. I used my phone to take some snaps of many of them. So come for a walk with me, and take a look around the hood!


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11 Responses to Welcome to the Barrio

  1. steve May 28, 2020 at 17:10 #

    nice hood dude!

  2. Debra May 28, 2020 at 17:17 #

    I have been thinking of you.
    So good to hear all is well. Wonderful to see Madrid ….from afar. Thanks!

    • Mike Randolph May 28, 2020 at 17:44 #

      @Debra My pleasure. Thanks for your thoughts and comment!

  3. Val May 28, 2020 at 23:48 #

    Good to see your post. I loved the photos. Best to you and to all of Spain from the US. Stay well.

  4. Liz May 29, 2020 at 15:05 #

    I love them all! Fantastic balconies. I wish Toronto condo architects would take inspiration from any of these. I especially love the one with the wood shutters. Do you know who the architect was?

  5. Mike Randolph May 29, 2020 at 17:46 #

    Thanks! @Liz yeah, I thought those shutters were cool, too. I don’t know who the architect was but many times here in Spain credit is given on a plaque out front so next time I go by I’ll check to see if there is one.

  6. Christine Adams May 31, 2020 at 22:04 #


  7. Kelli October 20, 2020 at 04:08 #

    Oh wow! That’s so true about Spain. When I try to imagine where we would live if we moved there, I can’t picture any one place. Because the architecture is so diverse I think. Beautiful photographs!

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