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June 8, 2014

A Young Woman (Catherine of Aragon?) by Juan de Flandes

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


Today we got up uncharacteristically early to go to the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, better known as the Thyssen (“Teessen”). This is one the three museums on the Paseo del Arte combo ticket, along with the Prado and the Reina de Sofia. It houses what was once the private collection of Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza and his wife, willed to Spain in 1993. As private collections go it is quite good, and reasonably comprehensive. It took us a good eight hours, lunch break included, to view the entire collection, and it was time well spent.

The sunny cafe. As with most of the European museum eateries we have experienced, prices were reasonable and the food was good.



A sampling of some of the paintings on display. I’m ashamed to say that I didn’t record the artists, except for the Hals family portrait.

Tonight we sampled the tapas scene at La Dolores, an old favorite in Madrid.


And so, buenas noches.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Peggy scores some cheap sunglasses.

Today we took a break from museumgoing to take care of some practical matters – finding a laundromat, and using our Eurail passes to buy tickets for tomorrow’s trip to Barcelona.

The presumptive Apple store at Puerta del Sol. According to Rick Steves, it was due to open “in late 2013.” And yet, and yet… Muy pronto indeed.

We found our laundromat, and to celebrate we had lunch on the Plaza Mayor.

A window full of sweets. The candied oranges looked especially good.

The Spanish Parliament building.

Atocha Station, the departure point for our train trip to Barcelona.

The inside of the old part of the station has been converted to a giant tropical garden, complete with turtles.

Across from the station is the Sofia de Reina museum of modern art, which we plan to visit soon.

School kids on the plaza in front of the museum.



On our way home we wandered through the maze of little streets below Calle Mayor. Around Calle Leon we came upon what looked like some kind of art competition, related in some way to Gaudi.


Almost midnight, and night life in full swing.


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