Spain Trip Report: Madrid Day 2, Museums

Ok, back to Spain!

One our second day in Madrid, Sunday, we decided to go see a bunch of museums because they were going to be closed on Monday. We really wanted to go see El Escorial, but it was a long train ride away and I was exhausted. The weather wasn’t great either. So since we couldn’t see the museums on Monday, we did them Sunday. And of course El Escorial was closed on Monday. Figures.

Anyway, we headed down to Puerta del Sol, which we’d be going through a lot.

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It’s hard to read, but this restaurant/deli? was called the “Museum of Ham”.
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This is sort of at the top of the hill that you head down to get to the Prado.
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The hill again:
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The Congress building:
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Fancy hotel:
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There’s a Starbucks right near here. They were everywhere in Madrid, which was pretty awesome. Did I mention Lola taught me the Spanish for ordering my hot chocolate non-fat? :-)
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It was hard to cross the street over to where the Prado is because there was some sort of bike race going on. I think it must be an annual event because my friend Koji said he’d been in Madrid in October and saw the same thing!
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While we waited to cross, I admired some of the “graffiti” and store decorations. Because Velazquez’s Las Meninas painting is at the Prado, the Meninas (maids) and Infanta Margarita are everywhere. I actually really love that painting. I think its perspective (we are where the Infanta’s parents are, looking at the painter who is painting them, reflected in the mirror) is so interesting. I have a print of it in our living room and I also have a little Helen Kish doll of the Infanta too. So it was awesome to get to see the real thing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Meninas

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The Prado:
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Looking up the hill – there’s a church there:
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The Prado didn’t allow pics inside, so no pics! It had a lot of great art – nothing past 1810 or so though.

Going back across the street you can see more of the art work.
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I liked that this store was all Klimt art. I love Klimt!
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The Thyssen-Borimisza Museum is ight next to the Prado. We checked that out in the afternoon.
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Walking back towards where our hotel is:
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We stopped for lunch at a cafe called La Taurina. It had bullfighting decor and so-so food. The calamari was pretty rubbery. The shrimp in garlic was good, but I had the same dish at a tapas place in Barcelona that was 1000 times better. The

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Our hotel again:
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The view from our window:
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After a stop at our hotel, we were out and about again:
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Passing the entry to Plaza Mayor:
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The Plaza – we passed through here the previous night on our way to the tapas place Lola and Rafa took us to.
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The Argentinian expo thing kind of blocked up the middle of the square:
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I like this blue building:
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The view down that hill again – you can see the church near the Prado:
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Franz Liszt was here!
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The Thyssen-Bornamisza had an exhibit on Ghirlando, which featured this gorgeous portrait of Giovanna Tornabuoni. Sadly, she died very young, at 20, from pregnancy complications, most likely before this was even painted.
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No pics again – but the exhibit was awesome. They had images of this painting in IR, UV and X-ray showing some of the layers of detail, like the preliminary sketch underneath. There was plenty of other art too, including, apparently, a portrait that koshka_the_cat made a costume of! (This one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Portrait_of_a_Young_Woman_by_Domenico_Ghirlandaio.jpg)

Here’s a few pics of the museum/courtyard:
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The Thyssen-Bornamisza has a great collection, including lots of impressionists.

After the museum, we headed back to to the room to rest – before we headed out again to meet Lola and Rafa around 7:30.
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We hung out at their cute apartment and played…Beatles Rock Band!
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It was so much fun! So much that we lost track of time and didn’t order pizza til nearly 11pm! (Which was like 5am for us!) And actually the delivery Telepizza was good.

So, another great evening!

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