Today brings to a close what has been a somber week here in the United States — especially in the cities of Boston, Massachusetts and West, Texas. And as I write this, things aren’t over yet in Boston, with the city in lockdown, one of the suspects dead, another suspect still at large and a significant possibility of accomplices who haven’t even been identified yet. So this isn’t a particularly happy Friday.
But the world has always been a dangerous place and full of cruel people; and we must carry on and do the things that bring us joy. For me, of course, one of those things is travel. This weekend I won’t be on the road, but I’ll be attending the New York Travel Festival. If I’m going to be stuck in my home city, I might as well be at an event that will have me thinking of adventures in far-off places.
And I’m also reminded of other lands every time I post a new picture in my Friday Photo series. This week’s featured image comes from the Spanish capital of Madrid. It’s a capture of the Puerta de Alcalá (the Alcalá Gate). Designed by the Italian architect Francisco Sabatini, this neo-classical monument was completed in 1778. It can be found in Plaza de la Independencia; it was moved to that location in the 19th century. Originally it had stood at the eastern boundary of the city, so it was actually a functioning gateway. Today it’s purely ceremonial.
This photo was taken during my trip to Morocco, Gibraltar and Madrid in February 2011, during which Spain became country no. 22 on my World Karaoke Tour.