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City walks: From Fernandez de Madrid Square to Gabriel Garcia Marquez house

Every one calls this place Plaza de Madrid. If you read the sign on the corner you learn that it is called Plaza Fernandez de Madrid. Long before it was called the wells square, the women slaves used to come here carrying jugs on their shoulders to take water. It is a big square, a park-square actually, like Plaza de Bolivar. It is surrounded by cafés, restaurants, houses, bars. You need to take the right as you enter the old town from the Clock Tower to reach here. My purpose is to find Gabriel Garcia Marquez House, so I take the Carrera 7 which is one of the streets that crosses this square. As I walk the street at the end of it I find this red-brown house where he used to live long before he moved to Mexico. They may open it to visitor sometimes but when I arrive there it is closed.