It was a million degrees in the shade in Madrid. But so worth it. We spent one entire day at the Museo Reina Sofia and saw some of the most incredible pieces of art this side of the Louvre. I saw Picasso’s Guernica! GUERNICA! One of my very favorite paintings of all time. The icing on the cake was the room filled with preparatory sketches and paintings for the piece. Ahhhh. AHHHHH. I miss it. There were many many more PIcasso’s and some beautiful Dali’s. Madrid is an incredible art city. We spent a very very rushed few hours at the Prado Museum and checked off many other masterpieces from our list…including: The Garden of Earthly Delights by Bosch, The Third of May and Saturn Devouring His Children by Goya, Velázquez’s Las Meninas, David Victorious Over Goliath by Caravaggio, lots of Rubens and so many more unbelievable works of art. It is an unexplainable feeling to stand in front of the pieces I’ve studied or have seen in books…each brushstroke and color.
THE BEAUTY OF IT ALL!
We spent another day on a tour of the magnificent Spanish royal palace. It is my favorite of all the palaces we visited, although Alex loved the Louvre more. The Spanish kings have a tradition of collecting clocks and there are some very intricate timepieces housed there. They continue to use the palace for royal functions and prior to our arrival the king and queen had greeted the Spanish futbol team. We also had a pleasant picnic in the shade in the palace gardens.
The food in Madrid was good but because I can’t think of any specific meal it must have been fairly unremarkable. I did have some delicious mint tea in a hookah bar one night. Didn’t sit so well with Alex.
As a final note…there are lots of hookers in Madrid, and black market sandwich salesmen.