Monday, 13 May 2013

Our trip to Madrid.

 We had a great trip to Madrid.The flights were on time,the hotel was great ,the weather was good and most importantly my knee stood up to the walking.Above is the Royal Palace,seen from the open top tourist bus.
 This the famous Plaza Major.
 There were lots of these "ham museums",shops selling a huge range of hams.

The main purpose of our visit was to visit the three main art galleries.We booked all our tickets online before we left the UK.Our first and favourite museum was the Museo Thyssen Bornemisza which had a special Impressionism and Open -Air Painting exhibition.
 A photo of me and Mr H at the entrance to the exhibition.We were first in and so had a great view of all the art.It was mindblowing.So much to take in.
Our second day we went to the Prado which was our least favourite.The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch is in here,lots of Rubens,Goya,Raphael.
Our third day we went to Museo Reina Sofia.This had a special Dali exhibition but I am not into Surrealism so it didn't do a lot for me.
Photography is not allowed so below are some photos of postcards we brought back to remind us of our trip.
 This is the famous Picasso painting of Guernica(1937) one of his greatest works.It is huge and takes some time to take it all in.
 Dali's The Persistence of Memory.This was much smaller than I expected.
 These are my favourite paintings by Van Gogh.He is my all time fave and these were two we hadn't seen before.The pc's don't do it justice.It is titled Stevedores in Arles(1888).Idid have another picture but it has disappeared.Another Van Gogh.I'll show you that next time.It was a short trip but very memorable and enjoyable.Away again in 3 weeks to France for a week.Have to make up for lost time.


  1. am so tempted by madrid...eldest child went last month and loved.....where in france next?

  2. Looks as though you had a really lovely time! Ros

  3. I've never been to Madrid but it is on my list of places I'd love to visit. It sounds like you had a great time. France next - that sounds wonderful :))