An architectural love affair with Madrid

Ah, what a crazy love affair I’ve found myself in the midst of.  There’s so many things I love about this place, but I’m especially smitten with the age-old architecture in Madrid. Maybe it’s because I grew up in the ultimate suburbia, where every new-ish brick house looked strikingly similar to the next. Where there really isn’t much diversity or history or little details to gawk over.

But I love wandering these streets.

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And I love photographing these buildings.

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I love seeking out new routes full of new surprises as I walk to my routine destinations.

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I love how the light and time of day can completely change an establishment’s exterior.

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I love when I remember to look behind me or walk on the other side of the street and I am rewarded with a new perspective.

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I love how everyday I have a new favorite building.

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I love how most apartment buildings display the year in which they were established and how most of them are more than 100 years old.

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I love standing directly under balconies and looking up, as each complex has its own elaborate and colorful tiles decorating the floors.

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I love the classy, thoughtful details that make me stop and stare.

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I love when the seasons change the trees, which in turn completely changes a facade.

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I love when I look up to find the trees perfectly framing the building, ultimately begging for a photograph.

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I love the variations in the exteriors and that no matter how different they may be, they are effortlessly and beautifully pieced together.

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I love the unexpected and sometimes quirky displays I stumble across.

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I love the element of the unknown on the other side of a metro exit.

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And I really love how something so mundane can bring me so much joy.

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I’m always wandering and looking for something to “gram,” so if you want to see more photos like these, join me on Instagram at @theonewithwanderlust!

5 thoughts on “An architectural love affair with Madrid

  1. María says:

    Keep posting beautiful pics for those of us who are insta-free. I can’t wait to visit this city. It looks beautiful! Thank u very much for these pictures!

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