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October 3rd 2006
Published: October 4th 2006
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gorgeous pearl fan with tiny gold crowngorgeous pearl fan with tiny gold crowngorgeous pearl fan with tiny gold crown

how gorgeous is that? come on.
today i visited aranjuez with alexa! aranjuez is a pretty normal town, about an hour south of madrid, except that it has a ginormous royal palace.

in our attempt to get to aranjuez, alexa and i had a rollicking good time sprinting down an up escalator trying to get to the right train. it is more difficult than you might think. those things move fast. we laughed like maniacs for about 10 minutes afterwards.

on our tour of the palace, there was a little girl with a blue haired doll that sang "barbie girl." you know, "come on barbie, let's go party, ah ah ah yeah." the little girl was six years old and french and obviously could not appreciate the ridiculousness of the song as well as alexa and i could. when the doll started singing during the tour, the girl's father took it and threw it into another room in the palace. it was a golden moment for us all.

later we wandered over to the casa del labrador (laborer's house.) it was the day palace of the king and queen for when they grew bored of the normal palace. i asked the tour guide why it was called the laborer's house, and she said it was because they knocked down some laborer's house to build the new palace. oh, entitlement.

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chandelier in arabian smoking roomchandelier in arabian smoking room
chandelier in arabian smoking room

they have their priorities in order
room full of small pictures from chinaroom full of small pictures from china
room full of small pictures from china

an essential part of any royal palace
porcelain roomporcelain room
porcelain room

the queen commissioned this room, made entirely of porcelain, as a "conversation piece"
the queen's bath faucetthe queen's bath faucet
the queen's bath faucet

she is cleaned by royal swan spit
don't askdon't ask
don't ask

some things just look pretty to me
line of fancy chairsline of fancy chairs
line of fancy chairs

for some fancy party, i assume
the royal space heaterthe royal space heater
the royal space heater

for when the royal flesh gets a bit chilly
ye olde gym machineye olde gym machine
ye olde gym machine

i love the weights covered in unnecessary
moat? not really.  more like irrigation.moat? not really.  more like irrigation.
moat? not really. more like irrigation.

irrigation ditches wish they could be badass like moats
crazy squirrel!!!crazy squirrel!!!
crazy squirrel!!!

he gave me quite a few excellent glamour poses
oh sycamores, you are so beautifuloh sycamores, you are so beautiful
oh sycamores, you are so beautiful

nature is so impressive
nothing says danger like...nothing says danger like...
nothing says danger like...

a sphinx that can shoot metallic spires from its nipples
desk made of precious gemsdesk made of precious gems
desk made of precious gems

why? because they can.
casa del labradorcasa del labrador
casa del labrador

about a mile or two away from the main palace, where the king and queen would hang out and have parties and go hunting

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