martes, junio 13, 2006

The Name of the Rose / El nombre de la rosa



After visiting the Book Fair, I usually go to the rose garden of El Retiro, la Rosaleda. There are about 4000 rose bushes in this garden, designed in 1915 by Cecilio Rodríguez, a famous spanish gardener. The quirk about this place is that no rose here has a name...they are not catalogued. Nevertheless, this is a beautiful place, where you can relax, sit on a bench, and read the books you have just bought at the Fair. After all, like Shakespeare said, what's in a name?.


Tras vistar la Feria del Libro suelo ir a la Rosaleda del Retiro. Hay unos 4000 rosales en este jardín, diseñado en 1915 por el famoso jardinero Cecilio Rodríguez. Lo curioso de este jardín es que ninguna de las rosas tiene nombre...no están catalogadas. De todas formas, es un sitio precioso, donde uno puede relajarse, sentarse en un banco y leer los libros que acaba de comprarse en la Feria. Así que, ¿qué importa su nombre? Una rosa es una rosa.

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At 13/6/06 07:56, Blogger Carlos said...

You are right, Carmen. Beauty doesn't need names. It´s good to see these lovely places from Madrid and learn about its history.

 
At 13/6/06 07:59, Anonymous Anne said...

Welcome from Manila, Philippines! I'm already very excited to see all the photos of Madrid!

 
At 13/6/06 14:04, Anonymous Pasquale said...

"Una rosa es una rosa."
Ustedes no son de ningún modo parecidas a mi rosa, ustedes no son nada aún – les dijo. – Nadie las ha domesticado y ustedes no han domesticado a nadie. Ustedes son como era mi zorro. No era más que un zorro parecido a cien mil otros. Pero me hice amigo de él, y ahora es único en el mundo.

El Principito Antoine de Saint-Exupery

When I read your comment I thought immediately to this :)

 
At 13/6/06 14:37, Blogger Carmen said...

It's so long since I read "El Principito"...You are right, Pasquale. And, by the way, congratulations, your Spanish is excellent! ;)

 
At 13/6/06 14:57, Anonymous Pasquale said...

he he my spanish isn't Excellent, google.es's spanish is excellent :)

 
At 15/6/06 14:57, Blogger Seesaw said...

What a beautiful garden this one!

 
At 20/6/06 20:04, Blogger Kala said...

great post - and yes - shakespeare is kewl - what is in a name! I like that about this place.

 

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