Madrid was a less than 24 hour stop and while that doesn’t seem like much time (actually it’s not much time at all) we somehow managed to see a substantial amount. When we arrived at the hostel we got a map from the front desk and circled all the things we wanted to see and mapped out our route.
Our first stop was Puerto del Sol Square – this square is one of the busiest in Madrid and it is also the center (km 0) of the radial network of Spanish Roads. It is in front of the entrance to the House of the Post Office
The House of the Post Office (Office of the President of Madrid) The clock is important because its bells mark the traditional eating of the Twelve Grapes (Twelve Grapes of Luck) and the beginning of a new year.
Temple de Debod – it was originally built in Egypt but then was moved to Spain in 1968 when the Egyptian state donated it to preserve it from work on the Aswan Dam
A little Alice in Wonderland outside the Prado Museum
Jess and I also made quick time in both the Museo del Prado and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. In the former we checked out some of Francisco de Goya’s work – La Maja Vestida, Charles IV of Spain and His Family; Diego Velázquez – Las Meninas; Tintoretto – Christ Washing the Disciples’ Feet; Peter Paul Rubers – The Three Graces; The latter we stared at La Guernica – the Picasso Masterpiece for a good while. Madrid boasts some great museums which I will one day have to get back to and visit for more than an hour each.
Something that is pretty cool though is that you can check out some of the Prado’s Collection Masterpieces via Google Earth!
Cheers from Madrid (in spirit)