Subject: Books fair in Madrid
This reminds me of one of the nicest things you can do on a Sunday morning in Madrid-- especially if the book fair runs along the Calle Claudio Moyano on the southern end of El Parque del Retiro. By about 11:00 a.m. the whole park, and especially the area around the lagoon, seems to fill up spontaneously with madrileņos and their extended families. There is every kind of light food and street entertainment. When we were there, we saw puppet shows, jugglers, artists, magicians, Basque tumblers, Galician dancers and gaita players, flamenco guitarists, and countless of those painted human statue acts, (which seem ubiquitous in Europe now.) It was a wonderful way to feel the spirit of the city.