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    • Day 53

      Santiago to Madrid

      June 12, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 36 °C

      I caught an early taxi to the airport for my 9.20am flight to Madrid. We walked alongside the airport on the last leg of the Camino but it seemed much further in the taxi.

      I then caught the airport bus to Atocha Station and my hotel is just a short walk away. It’s another great room with big windows and a balcony overlooking the plaza.

      It’s very hot. I had a walk around the neighbourhood and another gigantic pizza for lunch (and the rest for dinner).

      After a brief siesta I went for a walk through some of Retiro Park and then through the Botanical Gardens. I joined the queue for the free entry into the Prado (every day for the last two hours of opening) but they reached the quota when I was almost at the front of the line. I will try again tomorrow. I have found that entry to most places is greatly reduced for the over 65s so it is fairly economical to go to most museums and galleries.

      Although it is Sunday a lot of shops were open and Madrid is very busy. It is an entirely different pace to my time in Spain so far and I am looking forward to seeing more tomorrow.

      Sleep’n Atocha
      10 kms
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    • Day 27

      My last day in Madrid

      October 9, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

      Last nights 4 hours late arrival into Madrid took a toll for an early and intended Art Museums tour. There is only a short walk from my Hosta to many Art Galleries and Museum's. . I managed a good late breakfast before a quick tour of the Prado, and the Museo Reina Sofía. Prado is full of Master pieces... 1700s late 1800s and more, but what I did not want to miss was Picasso's Guernica in Museo Reina. Picasso painted this in protest to Franco's war on his people and Germany's bombing of the Basques in the Pyrenees.
      This exhibition includes large preliminary sketches. Guernica is gory and Picasso wish was to demonstrate the carnage of Franco's war. The painting was a private commission and 1st appeared in a Paris exhibition 1937(?). It was then shipped to NYC until after democracy returned to Spain.
      Madrid enjoyed lovely weather Sorry for no scenic photos of their fountains etc.
      It is goodbye to Camino and the Spanish culture. See you all in Oz 🥰
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    • Day 5

      Madrid Part 2

      September 1, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 77 °F

      Walked 12 miles today.

      Started the day with the buffet breakfast at our hotel. I tried the pan con tomate. It was tasty but it's really hard to beat the freshly baked croissant. We spent the rest of the morning waking it off in the Parque del Retiro.

      We shopped and ate throughout the afternoon. I found several fabric stores but was only able to shop at two of them before they all closed for siesta. The Mercado de San Miguel was crowded and fun for tapas.

      We capped the night with an intimate flamenco show. They only allowed us to record the opening song. I really enjoyed the show. The female dancer made beautiful shapes with her dress and body. The male dancer looked like Rick Springfield (enough said there).

      Tomorrow we head for Pamplona.
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    • Day 3

      Madrid Part 1

      August 30, 2023 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 77 °F

      We put 8 miles on our feet exploring some of Madrid's delights. Started out with a simple but filling breakfast, walked up Calle Atocha through Plaza Mayor to the Catedral de Santa María la Real de la Almudena. We toured the cathedral and marveled at its beauty. One room covered in gorgeous mosaics didn't allow photography so you'll have to check it out for yourselves.

      Next we toured the Royal Palace and said hi to King Felipe and Queen Letizia (ok, it was a painting). Lots of beautiful art and tapestries. After that, a well earned lunch in the cave at El Botín, operating since 1752.

      For dessert, churros and chocolate at Chocolatería San Gines. Yum!

      We did a little more walking and window shopping, then picked up some Jamón Iberico de Bellota to nibble on later.
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    • Day 4

      Leaving Madrid

      September 20, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      We have had a lovely time in Madrid but we must now leave now for Barcelona. A quick beer and cake whilst we wait for a platform is a must. We had Churros for breakfast which you must try if you come here.
      The trains can be very confusing and different ticket desks only sell tickets for certain trains. The local short distance trains arec Renfe Cercanias. The long distance trains are Renfe trains from the Botanical Gardens.
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    • Day 63

      Tag 63 - letzter Tag in Begleitung

      November 5, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

      Heute haben wir um 13:00 Uhr mit der Cousine meines Onkels Susanna am Bahnhof von Madrid abgemacht, so dachte ich das ich heute ein wenig länger schlafen kann, doch mein Onkel weckte mich wieder ziemlich früh und wir frühstückten wieder gemeinsam zuhause. Frühzeitig machten wir uns auf den Weg zur Metrostation und gingen dann mit dem Metro zum Bahnhof Atocha, dort warteten wir auf Susanna. Wir liefen Richtung Zentrum und sie fragte uns, was wir essen gehen wollten, denn sie wollte eigentlich ein Cocino Madrileno mit uns essen gehen, wusste aber nicht, ob ich das mögen würde. Da mein Onkel aber so Lust auf das spanische antike Gericht hatte und meinte das ich dieses mögen würde, sind wir tatsächlich ein Cocino Madrileno essen gegangen. Der Cocino ist eine Suppe, die mehrere Stunden lang mit verschiedenen Fleischstücken gekocht wird, zuerst wurde die Suppe serviert, die ich auch gemocht hatte und danach das Fleisch, von dem ich auch zwei, drei Arten mochte. Vom Restaurant aus, liefen wir weiter bis ins Zentrum, wo wir eigentlich dachten das wir schnell eine Bar oder eine Cafeteria finden, bei der wir einen Kaffee trinken können. Da in Spanien aber Mittagszeit war, durften wir uns nur hinsitzen, wenn wir auch etwas essen würden. So liefen wir noch weiter, bis wir eine Cafeteria fanden, bei der wir einen Kaffee trinken konnten. Da wir gerade im Zentrum waren und ich noch ein paar Sachen benötigte, sind wir diese auch noch einkaufen gegangen. Wir verabschiedeten uns von Susanna und gingen zurück nach Hause, bevor wir aber nach Hause gingen, sind wir uns von unserer Tante verabschieden gegangen, denn mein Onkel verlässt Madrid morgen bereits wieder und auch meine Tage hier sind gezählt. Es war bereits spät und wir gingen nach Hause und entschieden uns, wo wir Abendessen gehen möchten. Als wir am Mittwochabend im Viertel Abendessen gingen, sahen wir eine Pizzeria die napolitanische Pizza zubereitet und da wir nicht mehr ins Zentrum gehen wollten, entschieden wir uns heute für Pizza. Das Restaurant war leider bereits voll, doch wir konnten die Pizza mit nach Hause nehmen und zuhause geniessen. Die Pizza war die beste die ich bis jetzt in Spanien gegessen hatte.Read more

    • Day 11–12


      November 6, 2023 in Spain

      Si riparte per Madrid e, dopo il check in, andiamo al "Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia". Dopo di che, sempre dentro il museo, abbiamo fatto una merenda e poi ci siamo lanciati nel centro città. Con la metro abbiamo raggiunto la "Puerta del Sol" e poi, passando dalla "Gran Via", abbiamo raggiunto la "Plaza de Espana" e lo Zara piu grande al mondo -tappa più che fondamentale-. Sempre in zona, abbiamo deciso di cenare e abbiamo optato per un ristorante dentro un negozio di decorazioni e accessori, "Salvador Bachiller".Read more

    • Day 5

      Reina Sofía

      September 16, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 73 °F

      》Probably Picasso's most famous work, Guernica is certainly his most powerful political statement, painted as an immediate reaction to the Nazi's devastating casual bombing practice on the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.

      Guernica shows the tragedies of war and the suffering it inflicts upon individuals, particularly innocent civilians. This work has gained a monumental status, becoming a perpetual reminder of the tragedies of war, an anti-war symbol, and an embodiment of peace. On completion Guernica was displayed around the world in a brief tour, becoming famous and widely acclaimed. This tour helped bring the Spanish Civil War to the world's attention.

      This work is seen as an amalgamation of pastoral and epic styles. The discarding of color intensifies the drama, producing a reportage quality as in a photographic record. Guernica is blue, black and white, 3.5 meters (11 ft) tall and 7.8 meters (25.6 ft) wide, a mural-size canvas painted in oil. This painting can be seen in the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid.

      ^A Few Interesting Facts of Guernica:

      1. Guernica, Picasso's most important political painting, has remained relevant as a work of art and as a symbol of protest, and it kept the memory of the Basque town's nightmare alive. While Picasso was living in Nazi-occupied Paris during World War II, one German officer allegedly asked him, upon seeing a photo of Guernica in his apartment, "Did you do that?" Picasso responded, "No, you did."

      2. Picasso's patriotism and sense of justice outweighed physical location. He had not been to Spain, the country of his birth, for several years when the Nazis bombed the Spanish town of Guernica in 1937. He was living in Paris at the time, and never returned to his birthplace to live. Nevertheless, the attack, which killed mainly women and children, shook the artist to the core.

      3. During his creation of "Guernica," Picasso allowed a photographer to chronicle its progress. Historians believe that the resulting black and white photos inspired the artist to revise his earlier colored versions of the artwork to a starker, more impactful palette.

      4. Not only did the artist use lack of color to express the starkness of the aftermath of the bombing, he also specially ordered house paint that had a minimum amount of gloss. The matte finish, in addition to the shades of grey, white and blue-black, set an outspoken yet unadorned tone for the artwork.

      5. The mural contains some hidden images. One of them is a skull, which is superimposed over the horse's body. Another is a bull formed from the horse's bent leg. Three daggers replace tongues in the mouths of the horse, the bull and the screaming woman.

      6. Two of the artist's signature images, the Minotaur and the Harlequin, figure in Guernica. The Minotaur, which symbolizes irrational power, dominates the left side of the work. The harlequin, a partially hidden component just off-center to the left, cries a diamond-shaped tear. The harlequin traditionally symbolizes duality. In the iconography of Picasso's art, it is a mystical symbol with power over life and death. Perhaps the artist inserted the harlequin to counterbalance the deaths he depicted in the mural.
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    • Day 5

      Reina Sofía

      September 16, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 73 °F

      》Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

      An important landmark on Madrid’s famous Art Walk, the Reina Sofía Museum is home to a large collection of modern and contemporary Spanish art renowned throughout the world. Inside find works by Dalí, Miró and Juan Gris, alongside the museum’s masterpiece, Guernica. One of Malaga-born sculptor and painter Pablo Picasso’s most significant works of art, it was painted in memory of the suffering experienced during the bombing of Guernica on 27 April 1937 in the Spanish Civil War.

      Founded in 1992, the Reina Sofía covers the periods that are not examined in the Prado Museum. The earliest work of art is from 1881, the same year Pablo Picasso was born.

      The building where the museum is currently housed was previously used as a hospital, Hospital de San Carlos, constructed at the end of the 18th century.

      ^The Weeping Woman with Handkerchief - Pablo Picasso, 1937
      ^Cabeza de caballo. Boceto para Guernica (Horse Head. Sketch for "Guernica") - Pablo Picasso, 1937
      ^Le gitan The Gypsy - Robert Delaunay, 1915
      ^The Great Masturbator - Salvador Dalí, 1929
      ^Les oiseaux morts (Dead Birds) - Pablo Picasso, 1912
      ^Woman dressed in blue - Pablo Picasso, 1901
      ^Back of Girl - Salvador Dali, 1926
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    • Day 8

      Madrid Tag 3

      June 21, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      Tag 3 in Madrid
      Heute haben wir es etwas einfacher gehalten.
      Nachdem wir uns in einem Supermarkt etwas Wasser gekauft haben, haben wir uns auf die Suche nach etwas Essbarem gemacht, und ein All-you-can-eat Früchstücks Buffet gefunden.
      Nachdem wir uns Dort den Magen vollgeschlagen haben, sind wir mit dem Bus zum Kunstmuseum „Reina Sofía“ gefahren und haben uns den halben Tag das Museum angeschaut.
      Das Gebäude des Museums von aussen wat sehr schön, alt mit leichten modernen Elementen.
      Die Kunst selber war auch sehr interresant.
      Es sind Werke von Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí und Joan Miró vertreten.
      Unter anderem „Guernica“ von Picasso, welches das Leid nach einem Bombenangriff auf die Bevölkerung Spaniens im spanischen Bürgerkrieg darstellen soll, und 7,8m x 3,5m groß ist.

      Nachdem wir das Museum durchgeschaut hatten, haben wir uns auf den Weg zum Atocha-Bahnhof gemacht. Das ist der Hauptbahnhof von Madrid, er ist in 2 Teile geteilt, den alten und den neuen Bahnhof.
      Der neue Bahnhof agiert ganz normal als Bahnhof, an ihm sind wir auch angekommen.
      Der alte Bahnhof hingegen liegt direkt am neuen Bahnhof und ist ein Tropenparadies, welches auch als Warteraum für Bahnhofsgäste agiert.
      In der Halle stehen viele tropische Bäume und Pflanzen, eigentlich sollte es auch jede Menge Schildkröten geben, die waren aber irgendwie nicht da.

      Wir haben uns mit dem Bus auf den Weg zu unserem Hotel gemacht, und uns noch ein bisschen in der Innenstadt rumgetrieben.
      In der Innenstadt haben wir einen Mexikanisches Restaurant gefunden und uns dort eine Taco platte und je eine Quesadilla gegönnt.

      Mutter wollte noch unbedingt zu einem ganz bestimmten Cafe welches Churros verkauft.
      Auf dem weg dorthin hab ich mir noch einen Bubbletea gekauft.
      Die Churros waren ganz ok, laut Mama.
      Mit den Churros in der Hand, in einem Hauseingang sitzend hat es aufeinmal angefangen zu Regnen, deshalb haben wir auf den Weg ins Hotel gemacht und uns dort auf die morgige Abreise vorbereitet.
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