San Ildefonso & the Palace Gardens

San Ildefonso & the Palace Gardens
San Ildefonso o La Granja, Spain
San Ildefonso o La Granja, Spain From the Palacio y Bosque de Riofrio, I drove to the small town of San Ildefonso. Upon arrival, I ended up parking in the same place I did last year when Lorraine and Aunt Arlene were visiting. After parking, I walked toward the Palace and the gardens. As I was walking along, I could hear a small band. It was playing at Bar Castilla. It consisted of a clarinet player and two drum players. I sat at a table outside and listened. While there I had a vino tinto and a grilled ham and cheese (sanwich mixto). That was about 14:00. When I finished I walked to the Palace gardens. They are utterly amazing. There are dozens of fountains on the grounds. Of all of the times I have been to la Granja, the fountains have never been operational. I can only imagine what it is like when the fountains are working. When they do operate, it is all by gravity. There are no pumps on the property. An amazing feat of engineering for a palace that was begun in 1720!

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