During the fiesta of Saint Isidore, patron saint of Madrid, on 15 May, the city dwellers visit his hermitage to drink the water from a miraculous spring that, according to tradition, the saint caused to flow. In the foreground, a group of majas waits for their companions to bring them water. In the background, the crowd waits in line for access to the spring, beneath the imposing architectural mass of the hermitage. They are observed by two Guardias de Corps who are among them, recognizable by their uniforms. [Prado Museum]

In 2012, we still celebrate this “Fiesta” during a fabolous week. Tomorrow, in Sain Isidore Eve, we’ll go to the Retiro Park to see the fireworks. Meeting point: 21:30 at Retiro Metro Station.