Sunday, 4 May 2014

39 Steps

This is one of the photos I took for the photo challenge on facebook and haven't shared there, so it won't be a repeat if you've seen my photos there. Actually there are only 34 steps if I counted them correctly.

 I took this particular photo because of a film I've recently seen on TV. I'm not too sure of the title but it has Sigourney Weaver, who plays a baddie. and Bruce Willis in it, although he snuffs it early on. The film is supposedly set in Madrid, but I saw lots of bloopers, one of them being two cars speeding down these very steps to the bullring in which it looked like there were hundreds of steps and not a mere 34. 

I won't say I know as much history of Madrid as I should. However, I find interesting tidbits on a page called 'Secretos de Madrid'. Today I found this old photo of a street that no longer exists, because it's now part of the Gran Vía (Main Street or High Street) and the Gran Vía is over a hundred years old. It shows a home for unwed mothers. Apparently these mothers stayed here all during pregnancy and delivery and were obliged to wear veils so as to keep their identity secret. Can you imagine unwed mothers nowadays having to feel like outcasts and completely evil?
Although I got some necessary things done around the place, I lazed around quite a bit. My rain-splattered windows are now clean. That was one of the first things I checked this morning. I imagine I dreamed it, as a matter of fact I'm almost certain of it, that it rained during the night. Just look at that blue sky in the first photo! Too bad our long weekend is ending. It was fun while it lasted.

I doubt too many are looking forward to a new week, but hope it's a good one for everybody.


  1. Great photos, Brenda. I saw them on FB, but am happy to see them again, and get a little more information about them here. I always look forward to the coming week, then - by Thursday - I am really looking forward to the weekend again! Enjoy what's left of yours!

  2. The photos are very good.
    Nope can't imagine what it had to be like back in those times for unwed mothers. Just when they need love and compassion most and the babies need to be accepted too.