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For the Shoe Fashionista
Madrid. A blend of history, art and fashion. While I have so many fond memories of this lively city -- Picasso's Guernica at the Reina Sofia museum, the throne room at the Palacio Real, the impressive grandeur of the Plaza Mayor, and the ubiquitous jamon y queso -- what I remember most were the giant, 10-foot shoes decorating Calle Serrano, Madrid's most fashionable street. A temporary exhibition in June called "Shoe Street Art" lined the sidewalks with about 25 stiletto shoes made from fiberglass and polyester. Each shoe had a unique design, exploding with color. The exhibition was a delightful expression of contemporary art and fashion, in the midst of a city rich in tradition and culture.

Manolo Blahnik, eat your heart out.
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Madrid, Spain