Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Day 2: Madrid

 
On Monday morning we woke up, got ready, and had breakfast on the first floor of the hotel. They had really excellent chocolate-covered donuts – light and fluffy and really yummy. They also had thick, creamy hot chocolate.

Before exploring for the day, we went to find a grocery store to buy some water bottles. Our concierge told us to try this big store a couple blocks away, but when we got there we found several levels of clothes but no grocery store. My dad’s luggage had still not arrived from the airport (the airline had promised to send it to our hotel as soon as it arrived), so he decided to take the opportunity to buy a new outfit so he wouldn’t have to keep walking around in the same clothes from the day before. Jason and I also got hats.

We did eventually find the grocery store (in the basement of the market), bought some water, took it back to our hotel (where my dad changed into his new clothes), and were finally off for the day. We took a couple of taxis down to the Reina Sofia, Madrid’s biggest museum of modern art.

From Alyse

Modern art is, well, modern art, but we did see some cool pieces in this museum. One of the things we got to see is its most well-known piece, “Guernica” by Pablo Picasso. In that room I really liked the pictures taken during the process of Picasso painting Guernica, because he changed several parts of the painting during the process and it was interesting to see the changes. In the Sofia my favorite painting was this weird one that was kind of like the earth, but a cube, and there were 3D buildings sticking out of it. It was weird, but I liked it.

From Alyse
From Dad

After the Sofia Alyse, Tanner, Nan, and Saya took a taxi up to our next museum (the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza) and Jason, Dad, Banks, Max and I walked up the streets to meet them. We passed this awesome building that had a vertical garden growing up the side:


The Thyssen was great. I liked all the landscape paintings. We really explored the Thyssen and saw pretty much all the paintings in there.
 
From Alyse
From Alyse
From Alyse
From Alyse

After the Thyssen we decided that we needed to eat, and we wanted to find some Spanish food. We saw a restaurant on the corner called “Vips” and decided to try it out. It was only when we were seated and we opened our menus that we found out it only served American food! Burgers, ribs, hot dogs, etc. It was still sort of (unintentionally, I think) Spanish-fied, so that was interesting. And it was good food. :)

Gummy eggs!
After lunch we walked a couple streets over to the Parque del Retiro. It’s a huge park in the middle of Madrid (sort of like central park), and it’s beautiful.

From Dad

We walked to the Palacio de Cristal in the middle of the park. The Palacio was built in 1887 to display plants and animals for an exposition on the Phillipines.


Right in front of the Palacio de Cristal there was a pond with turtles, fish, and birds. Max loved the ducks and fed them pringles. He laughed and laughed when there was a mini feeding-frenzy.

From Alyse

We stopped for a quick drink (you get dehydrated fast when walking so much in the heat) and then walked back a couple streets to the Museo Nacional del Prado.

Banks is an expert at finding and walking in all the shade, and on the way to the Prado our group made a funny sight walking in single-file line in the slim band of shade next to the buildings.


The Prado, and a church on the hill next to it:


We didn’t have as much time at the Prado as we would have liked (we got there only an hour and a half before closing time), but we did get to see a lot of awesome paintings by Velasquez, Goya, Rubens, and Titian. My favorite was Velasquez; he was really amazing.

A painting by Velasquez you probably recognize (picture from Alyse)

After the Prado we walked back to our hotel and retired for the night. We got to talk to Ellie and Zelda on google chat again, which was great. :)

From Dad

2 comments:

  1. Las Mininas! How amazing! Enjoy! Enjoy!

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  2. You look JUST like Maria from The Sound of Music!!!!!!! I LOVE it!!!! I'm glad you are posting a lot. :) It let's us in on your adventure too. :)

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