About Me

I am a 45 year husband and dad, currently adjusting to life back in the United States after living in Italy for a little over two years. I love spending time with my family, cycling, model railroading, mosaics and watching TV and movies.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Prado Museum and Flamenco

We started our day as we have the past few, with breakfast at Starbucks.  Our main destination for today was the Prado Museum.  

Katrina stops outside McDonalds to use their free wifi.

The Prado.  We stood in this line for a few minutes before realizing it was the ticket line for a special exhibit we didn't care to see.  We walked right on in the 'normal' ticket line.

The Prado Museum contains more than 3000 paintings.  Some of the highlights of this museum include paintings by Francisco de Goya, Diego Valazquez, many prominent Spanish painters, and even some Italian and Flemish painters.  It's a huge museum and can easily be a bit overwhelming.  Unfortunately, no photographs allowed.

After the museum we headed back towards Puerta Del Sol for lunch.

This is what El Gaucho was like - grilled meats.  This was a different restaurant in the chain, but very similiar.

After lunch we headed back to our room to relax before heading out to see a Flamenco show.  

See the line snaking around the building.  It was like this each day we were in Madrid.  Its a line for lottery tickets. 

Seville is considered the capital of flamenco, but Madrid offers a few shows of its own.  We saw a show at Ballet Flamenco and really enjoyed it.  Flamenco is colorful, an energised and sexy dance.  Lots of fun.   "For the safety of the performers, no photographs allowed". 

Flamenco show

It was another fantastic day in Madrid.  The flamenco show was a great ending to our visit of this great city.  Tomorrow we head to Lisbon Portugal...

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