We stayed downtown at a friend's lovely apartment close to Madrid's 5th Avenue, Calle Serrano.
First stop (no, not shopping) a bit of culture at the very hip Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
for an audio tour of the 'Pop Art Myths' exhibition. Followed by a fabulous lunch at Mercado San Miguel.
|Mercado San Miguel|
Madrid has jaw-dropping architecture. Long tree-lined avenues, majestic roundabouts adorned with statues and fountains. One of the most astounding buildings would have to be the central post office (photo below).
|Central Post Office|
Madrid is very walkable. Many places of interest are quite close but the older plazas are cobbled and you could easily break a heel or worse an ankle, so flat shoes are advisable.
The Prado museum is a must, you may have to choose which exhibits to see - as it's so vast. We saw the El Greco and Modern Painting exhibit. Very interesting indeed. I had no idea the old master has influenced so many modern painters. Was fascinating to see the comparisons side by side.
El Greco and Modigliano
An exhilarating day at Diana Campo (just outside Madrid) with double-barreled shotguns - trying to shoot a partridge or two. I was badly bruised but determined; the recoil on those babies is wild. Managed to bag a few birdies though :O)
A brilliant finale to our week was a fantastic flamenco show full of passion and energy at Cardamomo.
Great company and a very memorable time. Will definitely be revisiting Madrid.
Me encanta Madrid.