Plaza Espana

Madrid for kids

The building behind, The Edificio Espana, was the scene of a police drama when a man, whose heart had been broken , climbed onto the roof and stood at the edge considering jumping.  A concerned neighbour called police who rushed to the scene.  When the first policeman arrived on the roof he drew his gun and yelled at the man Stop or I'll shoot.  The man was so shocked that he stepped down and lived to love another day.

Memorable quotes from Don Quixote.  One of these is Shakespeare's can you tell which one?

All that glisters is not gold.  (pt.  II, ch.  XXXIII)

The pen is the tongue of the mind.  (V, 16)

All will come out in the washing.   (I, 20)

I drink when I have occasion, and sometimes when I have no occasion.   (pt.  II, ch.  XXXIII)

The proof of the pudding is in the eating.   (ch.  XXIV)

I have other fish to fry.   (pt.  II, ch.  XXXV)

Go to their graves like beds(pt.  II, ch.  XXV)

Hell is paved with priests' skulls.   (I, 25).

Until death all is life.

As ill-luck would have it.   (pt.  I, bk.  I, ch.  II)

Leap out of the frying pan into the fire.  

Proverbs are short sentences drawn from long and wise experience.  

This is the Plaza Espana, at the end of the Gran Via, and is a monument dedicated to the writer Miguel de Cervantes.  He's the guy sitting behind Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.  When Cervantes wrote Don Quixote in 1605 [he was almost 60] he is said to have written the first modern novel and it is the most well known Spanish novel.  Cervantes lived in the 17th century, the same time as shakespeare, and amazingly, they both died on the same day, April 23 1616.

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