Madrid, Monday, May 30, 2011

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Since the night before was a late one, I slept in until noon – which is just crazy, but since it’s my vacation I’ll take it. I had a lovely breakfast in the hotel and then went out for a day of walking all over Madrid, sightseeing, and enjoying this fabulous city.

Reina Sofia
Much of the afternoon was spent in the fabulous Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, where I learned a tremendous amount of history about Dali and Picasso. In addition to seeing the famous Le Geurnica. Here’s a photo montage of my favorite paintings.


Reina Sofia

Miro

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Madrid, Sunday, May 29, 2011

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May 29, 2011

Jet lag got the best of me.  I slept in, went downstairs for breakfast, and then went back to the room to nap.  Then I rallied.
Museo del Prado

First stop was the Museo del Prado, Spain’s main art museum with the world’s best collection of (obviously) Spanish art.  Of course I couldn’t take pictures of any of it, but it was amazing.

Museo del Prado

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Madrid, Saturday, May 28, 2011

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Sat, May 28
This was a true exploration day. The weather was warm and sunny, so I walked all around the city and absorbed the culture. 

Plaza de la Puerta del Sol
I was particularly intrigued by the Plaza de la Puerta del Sol, where hundreds of protestors had pitched their tents and tarps to speak out against the country’s financial crisis. Spain has a proud history of revolutions and revolutionaries, and this Plaza is often the site of protests. It was a city of tarps, tents, placards, speeches, and sweat. And it was fascinating to stroll around. 

My hotel – the Westin Palace

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