December 15, 2009
Madrid was a bit of a blur but it was great to get a little taste of the city. With it’s narrow medieval streets, stone buildings and beautiful plazas, old Madrid was perfect for just walking around and exploring.
We found this crazy antique shop. Too bad it was closed for Ciesta, so we just gawked through the windows and snapped some photos.
Crazy Colorful Feather Hats
A Feather Tie!
Sea Urchin Lamp! – Perfect for the summer beach house…hehe
The Prado Museum
The Prado Museum did not disappoint. The Velasquez’s, Zurbarans, El Grecos and Goyas were a dream to see in real life for this Art History nerd. I am always so taken with the darkness that exists in a lot of the Spanish painters’ works, especially Goya. They were haunting.
The museum did not allow photos inside but here we are goofing around outside.
* Good travel note: The museum is free Tuesday – Saturday, 6pm – 10pm. We got there around 5:30pm, only to discover this, so we popped over to the Hotel Ritz to have a drink first. Very beautiful old hotel with a great lobby.
Spain is a great place to walk around at night. Most businesses stay open until 10pm and most dinner places don’t even get started until then as well. The historic buildings, palaces and churches are also lit up so beautifully, that staying up late in Spain seems to be required.
Walking around the Palacio Real (The Royal Palace)
After the busy cities of Paris and Madrid, we were ready to hit Majorca, and I think I have to say it was the highlight of our honeymoon. Saving the best for last… next stop Majorca.