A taste of Madrid

Breakfast: Cafe con leche and Churros

Madrid Spain

Dip!

Madrid Spain

Madrid architecture runs to buildings with huge brick facades decorated with gorgeous iron balconies and lamp posts surrounding central squares. Hard to photograph.

Madrid Spain

Each square  anchors a neighborhood. Cafes put out tables, street artists perform and the place teems with people at night.

Snack? Straight from the USA?

Madrid Spain

I would love to meet the guy that stacked these cherries.

Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, two of Spain’s favorite sons.

Plaza Espana Madrid

Lunch: wine and tapas

Fried potatoes with aioli and trout roe. SO. GOOD.

Madrid Spain

The Reina Sofia museum houses Picasso’s Guernica, a piece robbed of its impact in reproductions. It’s haunting, disturbing and so powerful. We’re going to try to drive through Guernica on our way north tomorrow so I’ll talk more about it then.

Additionally, Reina Sofia has one of Europe’s largest collections of Modern Art (much more my style than the Prado). I loved this piece, which is a working metronome called Object of Destruction by Man Ray, and the kid who kept trying to figure out how it worked.

Reina Sofia Museum Madrid

And now it’s 7pm. ¬†Time to go home, take a nap and a shower and then come back out at 10pm for dinner. At least, that’s what we’re gonna do!

Remember:

Corey and Kaitlyn, out.

Madrid Spain

Madrid Spain

 

Bienvenidos a Madrid!

It’s been a long travel day. Enough said. But you made it to Spain! It’s noon, let’s start with the good stuff, like olive oil in a jug.

Madrid Spain

Perhaps you’ll enjoy eggs scrambled with cuttlefish ink – turning them an appetizing grey… – and then topped with fried cuttlefish??

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I’m hearing a no. (which was also my reaction when it arrived. It was better than it looked, which wouldn’t be difficult).

Perhaps I can tempt you with an Iberico ham bocadillo, thin silky pieces of deliciousness trapped in fresh baked bread?

Madrid Spain

And Sangria! You’re in Spain so you gotta

Madrid Spain

The waitstaff is in no rush so you shouldn’t be either. Go ahead and make it a 3 hour lunch.

Now you need a walk or else that jet lag and lack of sleep is going to put you out. It’s hot (90 ish degrees) but there are dozens of pedestrian walkways covered with sun shades

Bonita, no?

Enjoy the manicured gardens

And a little flamenco reheasal

Madrid Spain

Stop in at the Prado. Corey says the proper order is Information, Espresso and then Art. Who are you to argue?

That’s a lot of Renaissance paintings of Christ, right? But the room of Black Paintings by Goya gave me chills.

Shake it off with some street art.

Madridlenos enjoy historical “monuments” to social causes. Actors paint themselves to look like statuary and then freeze in a position. Fortunately, they put out a little plaque describing their tableau or the situation might just be confusing.

The causes range from political, like this monument to women who’ve been silenced:

To entertaining, like this monument to Ham:

Madrid Spain

Leave them a tip and they’ll break their immobility to smile, nod or wink at you.

It’s 9pm but the city’s just waking up. See how much longer you can last before you have to fall face first in bed so you can get up and do it all again tomorrow. We lasted 3 more hours…

Madrid Spain

Madrid Spain

More tomorrow? Por supuesto.

Corey and Kaitlyn, out.