西班牙衛兵交接 / Changing of the Guard in Madrid

去馬德里玩,儘量在月初去。每個月的第一個星期三,在王宮(Palacio Real))有交接儀式,是我看過最值得推薦的。耍槍,台北忠烈祠是首選;英國、梵蒂岡也可以看看,但是都是小貓兩、三隻;只有西班牙人不惜工本,養著這麽一大幫人,就一年秀個十來次(王宮有王室活動時,不對外開)。他們的軍樂隊是最好的,西班牙的馬兒也是美到不行,連站在觀眾前面的保安都很帥…
They have this changing of guard ceremony on the first Wednesday of every month. It’s really worth seeing, a real highlight of my trip. Their band is the best, and the horses are amazingly beautiful.

I accidentally learned of this in their tourist office only the day before. The tourist office offers a guided tour (~3 Euro only as their other waling tours) but limited to 30 people. It’s fully booked already so I went to see this by myself. The show starts at 11:30 and ends at 13:30.  I thought it started at 10am so my early queuing (still ~ a hundred people before me) got me into the first row. Unfortunately my camera battery was dying, otherwise, I would have video taped more scenes.

 

開場 / Prelude

一小隊人馬去打開宮門。吹笛子的兵跟某幅名畫上的打扮一模一樣。
A small team comes out from the royal palace. It’s like those figures in the paintings coming into real life again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9Dbc4KstY0

 

軍樂隊 / The Band

1)入宮的進行曲 / entering the band:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cu9YkB7M9mU

 

2) 典型的軍樂進行曲 / a classical march tune:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvpcHue1YO0

3)像是音樂盒的曲子,還有娃娃兵一樣的隊形變換 / A musix-box like tune:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fy5k6lSLSY8

4) 很浪漫熱情的曲子,一點都不像軍隊裏會聽到的!/ A romantic tune:
Something totally unexpected to hear in the army setting. The trumpet player is really good. I wonder whether he playes Jazz as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsfrOadnlno

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtm3IZJU6bY

騎兵 / Cavalry

騎兵有兩種。第一隊是深色馬匹的,還有馬車。那個拉車的馬,跟騎著的馬明顯是兩個品種,但是都漂亮得不像是世間的生物。看到西班牙的馬後,突然很能體會為什麼古人會稱呼駿馬為”天馬“,真的是此物只應天上來。怪不得有人花大把錢來學馬術,單是軍樂隊在旁邊轟,馬兒能維持站著不動,就已經很了不起了…
There are two groups of cavalry: one with dark horses; one with white horses. The group with dark horses also have some wagons. Love the horse in Spain. They are so beautiful that they don’t look like creatures in this world. |Now I understand why people spend big money to learn horse-riding. 1005 Madrid 1901005 Madrid 2041005 Madrid 208

這幅照的好像愛馬仕的商標…this picture is like Hermes scarf…
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這是白馬的那一隊 / the white horses group:
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超級壯觀的人馬 / Amazing number of people for the show:
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撤場 / Leaving:
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觀眾也散場 / The audience:
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走出王宮,發現軍樂隊在花園旁演奏起來。有備而來的老外們都帶著午餐,就坐在草地上野餐起來。
Don’t rush leaving yet. The band continued to play for a while outside of the palace by the park. Better to bring some lunch and do picnic here. What a great life!
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