|Dates:||13 Mar 2017 - 20 Mar 2017|
Can you believe that JetBlue has free wifi on our plane?! Yes, it does! And very fast indeed! Maybe that's because of less friction in the rarefied air at high altitude? :-)
Waiting for our last flight of the day: JetBlue's Boston to Buffalo. Luckily, they just announced that they would like to leave early! Youpee!!!
Going towards our plane
We're in that Adolf something airport, minutes away from our Adios to Iberia.
On our last day in Madrid, we couldn't abstain from one last "food picture ". Here's my last breakfast :-(. I have to call Dabuleanu for an emergency appointment- the chocolate here is criminally sweet and my teeth are hurting in several places. Pray for me.
So we crossed the street to a Corte Ingles and quenched our thirst with a pitcher of Sangria.
We tried to help the local economy but .... this time we weren't successful. Prices were good but we just couldn't find something we needed.
Place marker for Guernica, the main attraction of this museum. Thanks God, they stopped me from taking a picture of that horror. The emperor is walking naked on four floors in this hospital converted in a museum. In a way, one nuthouse converted in another nuthouse.
Great Prophet, the only "work of art" that I may accept for a modicum emolument; the rest, I wouldn't accept at any price.
One of Dali's more disgusting paintings in the Museo Reina Sophia
Atocha train station
And a moving single flower and a handwritten note on the floor, underneath.
This is a view from below.
Gave you wrong instructions! Go one extra stop, to Atocha RENFE and see the railway station with the monument to the victims of the 2004 terror attack. This (cylinder) is the exterior view
Now, don't forget: To get to Reyna Sofia you take (subway 7 to Gregorio Marañon, where you switch to 7 to Tribunal, where you get on 1 to Atocha.
See how good I am with just a little training?!
As if a full day trip in another city is not enough for one day, we stopped on Arenal (back in Madrid) at an Escher exhibition in Palazzo Gaviria.
On the way out we stopped at a workshop specialized in damasquinado I.e. Damascene gold and silver intarsio in steel jewelry.
A beautiful view of Toledo from the other side of the Tajo river (that surrounds the city).
Our tour of Toledo included an excellent lunch (at Cigarral Monte-Rey Toledo).
One of the gates of the city of Toledo.
One of the narrow streets of Toledo.
Toledo being a (walled) medieval town there are few chances for a great perspective. This is the best one I found for their beautiful (they call it the queen of the churches) cathedral.
Along Arenal towards Plaza de Orienté where we start our tour to Toledo.
And here it is again, from another angle
If one wakes up early enough, one can see Puerta del Sol almost deserted.
Well stocked Breakfast buffet at our hotel
We invited our new best friend Kisha to lunch on account of today being her birthday.
This is an Egyptian (Hellenistic) temple gifted to the City of Madrid; maybe used by gypsies?
And another one at Cervantes ' monument in Plaza d'Espagna.
A stop in front of Real Madrid 's stadium.
Next is Plaza de Colon with a rather vague suggestion of caravels (one of them carrying the inscription of Columbus, contract with Ferdinand and Isabella) and a clearer representation of Columbus atop a column.
Several stops along our tour of the city; here is the bullfighting arena.
We started quite early today. At 8:30 we were in front of the Cathedral of the Almudena, which is facing the royal palace (seen here).
Hungry to eat a horse, I had to settle for Rabo de Toro (ox tail), which was a more than adequate substitute ;-)
Coming out of the park, Porta de Alcalá, one of the few remaining even if thoroughly modernized (Alcalá meaning fortress in Arabic, the gate was in the 12th century wall surrounding the city).
They also have a beautiful lake, fountains, and many beautiful pavilions.
In the parc, magnolias were in flower.
We got out of Prado exhausted. It is huge, incredibly rich but amazingly disorganized in presentation so it's hard to visit. Just behind it, through the Church of Jeronimos, we entered the Parco del Buon Retiro.
A barely and badly captured image of a Hyeronimus Bosch before being rudely requested to cease and desist from stealing the intellectual property of the museum by one of the stupid guards.
This is one of the entry ways in the Museo del Prado. Beautiful stuff but arranged in the manner of "big dump" and therefore impossibly hard to visit. The main principle of organization seems to have been "we got very rich and will buy everything to ensure we won't miss anything "
We have a long day today - it's Prado day - so we have to start early and .... well fed
We're getting addicted to these late night dinners outside ;-)
Exhausted after a long day, we gather strength for dinner by indulging in some cakes and hot chocolate at one of Madrid's iconic cafeterias: La Mallorquina.
Self explanatory. It sits in the pavement in Porta del Sol, in front of the central post office.
The symbol of the city of Madrid, a bear reaching into a strawberry shrub (!?!)
I have one of these in my bedroom. Thank you Tomy!
Michaela drinking in honour of the Thyssen family. At least some of their money was put to good use.
Another one!?! Some young Medici painted by Rafael shows an uncanny resemblance to the young Nițescu sisters; even Tomy at a younger age.
I thought that this one was a Botticelli; it's not. It is by Ghirlandaio.
Art imitating nature?
First stop: Museo Thyssen- Bornemisza
One of the first things to do in a foreign place is to check the McDonald exchange rate. As you can see, we're in luck. The real exchange rate here is at least 2 € per 1 CAD so, life is good ;-)
Today is museums all the way. So we have to leave early. In a show of extreme enthusiasm, we decided to leave before noon. Let's hope the bus runs already;-)
Luckily, the Madrid subway works all night.
We returned to the hotel to get some rest and be able to get out for the evening paseo and dinner. And here we are, on a little street near Porta del Sol, having dinner outside at 10 pm! Almost early :-)
By now is past 10 am and we returned to Museo del Jamon for sandwiches with ham and chorizo washed down with a glass of Rioja - they seem to start working late and drink early around here :-) And to keep being able to walk, since we've hit the pavement after a red eye flight, some hot chocolate and churos.
We circled Plazza Mayor but .... the same story: people start their day later here.
We wanted to stop here - Mercato Saint Miguel, a very elegant and attractive mini-St. Lawrence - for breakfast but it looked just a little too touristy and .... they only opened at 10! The city appeared deserted at 8 am! And it is a work day!
Anca, this picture is taken for you. You liked this place. We'll return here later for typical Spanish snacks.
We arrived at our hotel - a Novotel Madrid something - at 8 am so we left our luggage and went straight down to Porta del Sol to look for food
Arrived in Madrid - Aeroporto Adolfo Suarez. Surprised to see a mother naming her child Adolpho! :-)
Logan Airport. They scared us (in Buffalo) to check if the plane will takeoff (from Boston) on account of a terrible windstorm. As you can see, our plane is basking in the sun while Michaela has decided to start the training for the good Spanish wines early; we want to arrive prepared :-)
Buffalo Airport. Waiting to get on the JetBlue plane that will take us to Boston. As usual, we forgot to take a picture leaving home. Just as usual, the long term parking here exceeded all expectations: one waits in the car for the shuttle that picks you up!
|Dates:||13 Mar 2017 - 20 Mar 2017|