Thursday, January 23, 2014

Madrid (Spain, day 2 & 3)

I'm not sure if sleep deprivation, walking around 15km per day and eating at weird times classify as a holiday, but if so I'm definitely doing it right.  After a later night enjoying some Spanish wine and tapas I mistakenly got up at 5.30am thinking it was 8.30am and started to get ready for the day.  Big mistake on 2 counts. Firstly in Spain nothing gets going until 10am so sleeping in is a must after a very late dinner.  And secondly... it was 5.30am!!!!  After this small hiccup we actually managed to get on the road at 10am and head out for breakfast - hot chocolate and toast.  Apparently the breakfast of champions in Spain.  Not what I'm used to but as the saying goes - When in Rome...

Today was another museum day so sadly no photos inside.  The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza was created in 1988 and is certainly a much more modern building than I expected.  The gallery was great and it was a nice way to start the day.  We then went for a walk along the Gran Via and to the Chueca area for lunch and wandering. I think I could wander all day in Spain.  I love the architecture.  I love the winding streets.  I love the pace of things.  It's really quiet beautiful.  Coming from a country where most of our architecture is only just over 200 years old I think you really appreciate visiting a city where the age of many of the buildings is over that.

We decided to wander through the Parque de el Retiro for a few hours.  We stared at the Puerta de Alcala in Plaza de la Independencia and walked up the main path.  Along the way we passed the Monumento Alfonso, XIII, a few fountains and some beautiful avenues.












I think my favourite part of the park was the Palacio de Cristal.  Built in 1887 to house flora and fauna from south east Asia this glass building is enormous and just wonderful to wander through and observe the light through the glass and steel at different angles.  You know I enjoyed it by the number of photos I too ;-)






Tonight we're off to the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia and then a late dinner.  Spain is fun!

Want to read all my posts on Spain?  You can find them here.