‘Puente del Rey’ – that can be translated as King’s Bridge – was built in 1816 by order of King Fernando VII. Its role was to link Madrid city, with parks and gardens at ‘Casa de Campo’, located on the right bank of the Manzanares river.
In the 60’s on the 20th century, it lost its original utility to be a cross as part of the ring highway M-30 , leading the traffic from the A-5 motorway to the Madrid centre.
In 2007, as consequence of the ‘Madrid Rio’ – Madrid River urban project to restore the Manzanares riverside, the bridge was converted in a footbridge that communicates the ‘Principe Pio’ roundabout (see right side of the image) and ‘Cuesta de San Vicente’ street with the ‘Huerta de la Partida’ orchard and the lake at ‘Casa de Campo’.
Calle 30, Madrid (Spain)
Canon EOS 450D | EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS @ 49 mm | f11, 10s, ISO 100. HDR from 3 exposures @ [-2 EV .. 0 ..+2 EV]
If you have gamed to Gran Turismo for PS3, I am sure that you know this car. The GT by Citroën concept car was specially created, designed and produced for the game Gran Turismo 5 and was included through download in its latest version Gran Turismo 5: Prologue. Its designer came up with the project and sold it to both Polyphony Digital and Citroën.
The GT by Citroën (sometimes spelled GTbyCitroën) is a sports car that debuted as a concept car on October 2 at the 2008 Paris Motor Show.
The car’s exterior design was made by Takumi Yamamoto, a Japanese designer from Jean-Pierre Ploué’s Style Citroën design team. Takumi Yamamoto was a childhood friend of Kazunori Yamauchi, director of Polyphony Digital and creator of the popular Gran Turismo franchise, also known as “Gegge”. According to a Yamauchi interview at the Paris Motor Show 2008], he and Yamamoto started collaborating on this project back in 2003. A press release published on the North American Gran Turismo official website describes the Citroën and Polyphony Digital collaboration as a « a joint effort first talked about at the Geneva Motor Show past March  ». Yamamoto convinced Jean-Pierre Ploué to submit his concept to Citroën’s head office in Paris who agreed to start the production process and manufacture the real car. The concept car’s rear was carefully designed to fit what the gamers will actually see in the game since it is the more powerful featured vehicle, argues Yamamoto.
Gran Vía-Montera Street, Madrid (Spain)
Canon EOS 450D | EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS @ 28 mm | f8, 1/60s, ISO 100. HDR /DRI from 3 exposures @ [-2 EV .. 0 .. +2 EV ]