Madrid

Arrived in Madrid and spent time trying to get over jetlag and adjust to eating dinner late. Got set up with Spanish SIM cards for mobile phones.

Visited Plaza Mayor, Plaza de Espana, Plaza de Colon, Temple of Debod, Puerta del Sol. walked the Gran Via. We visited several major museums.

Museo de Arte Contemporaneo
Museo del Prado
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia
National Archaeological Museum of Spain
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.

Plaza de las Cortes

Our hotel was on the Plaza de las Cortes and provided a nice night view of the Congreso de los Diputados and a statue of Cervantes.

night view of Madrid

night view of Madrid

Congreso de los Diputados

Congreso de los Diputados

Congreso de los Diputados, day

Congreso de los Diputados, day

Statue of Cervantes

Statue of Cervantes

The Prado

Prado means meadow because the museum is on the site of a former meadow. The museum is full of art treasures from Western Civilization dating from the 12th Century.

the Prado

the Prado

statue of painter Diego Velázquez

Bronze statue of painter Diego Velázquez

Plaza Mayor, Madrid

The Plaza Mayor was built during Philip III’s reign and is a central plaza in the city of Madrid, Spain.

Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor detail

Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor mural

Plaza Mayor mural

Royal Palace of Madrid

The Royal Palace of Madrid (Spanish: Palacio Real de Madrid) is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family.

Royal Palace of Madrid

View from the Plaza de la Armeria

Royal Palace of Madrid

View from the north side.

Royal Palace of Madrid

Main entrance.

Royal Palace of Madrid

Crest on gate.

Royal Palace of Madrid

Catedral de la Almudena

Muralla Árabe

The Muslim Walls of Madrid, also known as Arab Walls of Madrid are located in the Spanish city of Madrid. It is probably the oldest building on foot in the city.

Muralla Árabe

Muralla Árabe

Plaza de España, Madrid

The Plaza de España features a monument to Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.  Cervantes looks down at Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.

Plaza de España, Madrid

Plaza de España, Madrid

Plaza de España, Madrid

Plaza de España, Madrid

Bronze sculptures of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza

Bronze sculptures of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza

Don Quixote

Don Quixote

Snapshots

Dawn and I enjoying Madrid. Me at the Prado, Dawn at the cafe in the Reina Sofia Museum and us at the Plaza Mayor.

me at Prado

me at Prado

Dawn at Reina Sofia cafe

Dawn at Reina Sofia cafe

us at Plaza Mayor

us at Plaza Mayor

Windows

The view from two museum windows.

Window

Window

Museum Window

Museum Window

future garage

When I get my photos printed and framed….

framed photos

framed photos

Charcuterie

A typical Charcuterie. I enjoyed the Jamon Serrano and Jamon Iberico. The Serrano comes from the white pigs from the Sierra or mountains. The Iberico are special black hoofed pigs that rummage around for fallen acorns from the oak trees; they are allowed to roam free and are happy pigs. If you order a ham and cheese sandwich it is common to see the preparer carve the jam from the leg.

Charcuterie

Charcuterie

 

AVE Train

Alta Velocidad Española (AVE) is a service of high-speed rail in Spain operated by Renfe, the Spanish national railway company, at speeds of up to 310 km/h (193 mph). Alta Velocidad Española translates to “Spanish High Speed”, but the initials are also a play on the word ave, meaning “bird.”

Madrid train station

Madrid train station

AVE high speed train

AVE high speed train

Plaza de España

The Plaza de España, in the Parque de María Luisa, was built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. It is a landmark example of the Regionalism Architecture, mixing elements of the Renaissance Revival and Moorish Revival styles of Spanish architecture.

Plaza de España

Plaza de España

Plaza de España bridge

Plaza de España bridge