Wayward Lovers

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Madrid Madrart

We had a super short visit to Madrid, but we crammed in as many things as possible and boy do my feet hurt. We went to the Royal Palace of Madrid, some churches, the Reina Sofia Art Gallery, and the Prado Art Gallery. All within two days. Madrid seems like a really cool city (and I mean cold! only plus 5!) I would love to go back some day and see more or even spend more time at the things we did go see. Both art galleries deserved a week’s visit just to see and appreciate everything.

On day one we arrived bright eyed and ready to explore. We started with lunch at a local place where I learned that sometimes they use the Spanish word for rooster “gallo” as a name for a type of fish. It was delicious and made quite a dish.

Then we made our way to check out the Royal Palace. It was very purdy. We spent most of our time looking at the royal armoury. It was full of past Kings’ armour for jousting and royal occasions. AND full of medieval gun type things!

The Royal Palace of Madrid. We didn’t realize that we arrived an hour before it closed plus nobody told us until we tried to go through the main palace and we were rushed through. jerks. So, we viewed the entire palace within 15 mins and they locked the doors and turned off the lights behind us! Oh well, just another reason to come back.
wandering Madrid town.
After a bunch of walking/wondering/sightseeing we took a break at a really cool beer bar. They had a large beer menu and comfortable atmosphere for us to enjoy.
On our way back to our apartment we stopped in the Plaza Mayor. A big plaza filled with cafes and history.

(click here for the panorama if the embedded one doesn’t work, or to see it full screen)


On our second day in Madrid we started early with breakfast at a cute used book shop then made our way to the Reina Sofia Art Centre. A very modern art gallery filled with amazing notable artworks from the past 100 years. I didn’t take pictures inside, but I’d like to share some images of a few of the fantastic pieces we got to see.

Picasso's Guernica (photo ref: http://www.museoreinasofia.es/en/collection/artwork/guernica)
Picasso’s “Guernica”
Picasso's "Figures by the Sea I" (photo ref: http://www.museoreinasofia.es/en/collection/artwork/figures-au-bord-mer-i-figures-sea-i)
Picasso’s “Figures by the Sea I”
Miro's "Figures by the Sea" (photo ref http://www.museoreinasofia.es/en/collection/artwork/personajes-junto-al-mar-figures-sea)
Miro’s “Figures by the Sea”
Miro's "Help Spain" (photo ref http://www.museoreinasofia.es/en/collection/artwork/aidez-lespagne-help-spain)
Miro’s “Help Spain”
Dali's "Endless Enigma" (photo ref: http://www.museoreinasofia.es/en/collection/artwork/endless-enigma)
Dali’s “Endless Enigma”

And so SO many more artworks! It was such a treat to go through the gallery. We could easily have spent a couple days there.

After a short lunch break where I ate an entire baguette, we were off to enjoy some fresh air in the El Retiro Park. A giant garden filled park near the second gallery on our list to visit.

This street was full of these little book stores right next to the gardens.
John did some work stuff while exploring the park.
This cat.

After the park we embarked on more art viewing at Museo del Prado. It was incredible. The temporary exhibit was Ingres, one of my very favourite painters.

Ingres’ “Louis-François Bertin”
Ingres’ “Grande Odalisque”

After enjoying the Ingres exhibit we started chipping away at the gallery’s extensive collection. By extensive I mean the gallery is about two city blocks big and 2 and a half floors of gallery. My feet were actually bleeding at the end of the day. Mucho walking. I wish they had some kind of conveyor belt to put me on that would go around the galleries.

It was all worth it to see some of the amazing collection that includes the famous Spanish painters El Greco, Velázquez, and Goya.

(ref: https://www.museodelprado.es/en/the-collection)
El Greco’s “La Crucifixion”
las meninas
Velazquez’s “Las Meninas”

Within their huge Goya collection they have everything from his whimsical tapestries to his Black Paintings. It was breathtaking to see these pieces in person. Each of his painting hold more energy and impact than some humans have. I’ve always found Goya’s art to be very powerful. His work seems very in tune with the turmoil of Spain during his life.

Goya's "La Gallina Ciega"
Goya’s “La Gallina Ciega”
Goya's "Riña de Gatos".
Goya’s “Riña de Gatos”.
Goya's "The Charge of the Mamelukes".
Goya’s “The Charge of the Mamelukes”.
Goya's "Saturno".
Goya’s “Saturno”.

We have a long list of wonderful art that we got to see, but an even longer list of art we missed. There is just too much amazing art. It nearly killed me. Next time Ima bring an extra set of feetz.


Madrid map!