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Madrid IV

June 16, 2014

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Peggy decided to take it easy today, and I went out in search of an art supply store.

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Yes, Europeans in general and Spaniards in particular like to eat out on the sidewalk.

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Found the art supply place, but it was closed from 2 to 5. So, yes, the siesta is alive and well in Madrid. In some sort of compensation, I couldn’t pass up this little yellow vehicle, although there’s no way I would drive one around in Madrid traffic.

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Preparations for yet another parade on the Paseo del Prado.

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Peggy felt up to a walk around the Puerta del Sol neighborhood. So many different kinds of olives. I would like to have tried them all. Much more variety than we see in L.A.

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On the Calle Montanero, young women hanging out around trees…

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Further down the street, a bit of trompe l’oeil.

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Yeah, skinny is still in.

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How they slice ham in Spain.

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Sunset on Gran Via.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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Today we toured the rest of the Prado. In a souvenir shop across Paseo del Prado, life-size figures from Las Meninas greet us from the balconies.

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Back at the hotel, Peggy voraciously devours the latest Jack Reacher thriller.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Today is our last full day in Madrid, and in Europe. Much to do: buy souvenirs, mail a lot of stuff home, and make another stab at the Museo Reina Sofia.

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Breads from the bakery in the basement of El Corte Ingles.

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At the main post office, after mailing two boxes back to San Marino, at a cost I’d rather not discuss.

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A Miro sculpture in the Reina Sofia courtyard. The original building, built in 1781, was once Madrid’s General Hospital. An addition, the Nouvel building, was completed in 1988.

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Calder’s Carmen.

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Richard Serra’s Equal-Parallel: Guernica-Bengasi.

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Hard to tell from the photo, but rain is falling on notoriously dry Madrid.

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A few shots of the Madrid skyline from the Nouvel building.

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Roy Lichtenstein’s Brushstroke in the plaza.

We did, of course, revisit Guernica, standing with the crowd that always loomed in front of the mural-sized painting, all of us hypnotized for a few moments. The power of art constantly amazes me.

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Madrid goes home in the rain…

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…and so do we. A wall full of hanging greenery on the way back to our hotel.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

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Plaza Cybeles at six a.m. From here we catch the Express Aeropuerto back to the airport.

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Checking bags.

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To Gate A2, and our flight. Eight hours later we’ll be in the USA. Adios, Madrid, and Europe. Who knows when we’ll return. It was great.

P.S. The pickpockets never did approach us, either because of the heightened police presence brought on by the abdication, or because I looked too scruffy to be worth the trouble.

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