Speeding through Madrid

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

Charles III

Madrid takes the prize for the most street entertainers 

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.

The bear and the Madroño Tree – the Heraldic Symbol of Madrid

Plaza Mayor 

I watched this…

Transform into this

Found Saint Francis Street

Saint Francis Plaza (and not pictured but Saint Francis Church – where they were setting up for a wedding (: –> No photography allowed though

Almudena Cathedral – the Cathedral of Madrid

The most wild and modern interior to a cathedral that I have ever seen before

The colors just popped from this neo-gothic style

My shadow shot for the day

Palacio Real – The Royal Palace – official residence of the Spanish Royal Family

A little Don Quixote Reflection in Plaza de Espanña 

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)

n

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