An example of the art pieces in “The Enchanted Palace” exhibit at Kensington Palace, about the princesses who resided there. Very intriguing and beautiful. Wish I could’ve taken more pictures!!
Woke up in a very sunny Madrid, thought it would be too hot to handle, but since I was actually feeling a bit under the weather, later on it turned out to be a blessing. Can I just say I love the architecture of this city? It’s so freaking beautiful. The small, cozy streets, the little windows and balconies with plants and flowers, wrought iron, fancy doors and windows….this is definitely what I love about Spain. London has it’s people and modern mixed with history, but I feel like Spain is more down to earth about that stuff, and definitely likes to keep everything fun and relaxed. (A lot like Italy, but I just can’t speak Italian, thus, I lean towards Spain!)
But anyway, in case you wanted to find us on a map, we’re located right near Plaza Sol. We took a maze of streets towards the Prado (and hit up Plaza Mayor), and I can’t even hope to tell you how we got there. Anyway, the Prado was pretty interesting, but I didn’t really recognize a lot, but I think one of my favorite pieces that I saw were the works Las Meninas (by Valasquez), and The Garden of Earthly Delights (and other works by Bosch). I think its because the first I’ve seen from my art history books, so it’s always fun to see a “celebrity” in person. And the second one is actually really cool. All of the different scenes and separate parts to it going on at once, all the symbolism, disturbing 15th century depiction of human suffering…..kind of freaky and cool. I suggest you look it up! (Also his piece called “Haywein” i think…)
Who knew people were messed up even from such an early century? (pfffft who would’ve guessed…jk)
And then after the Prado we went to the train station, bought our tickets for Toledo anddddd……… I’m pretty sure I got food poisoning. I didn’t eat much of a dinner. A roll? (even that didn’t last too long…)
But I’m all better today, but I should still probably watch what I eat….bleck yesterday wasn’t all that fun towards the last half…
Anyway, on to today’s post!
When we got back to Madrid, after dinner we walked around to scope out a place to eat for our last night. We ended up finding lots of places with beautiful tile work on the outside (such as this here).
This is actually a prelude to where we did end up eating dinner on our last night, La Villa Rosa. BUT, I won’t post about that until later tonight! :]
not much else. Seriously, today was a pretty laid back day, and nothing much got done. We even left the apartment earlier than usual! (ugh, and even earlier for tomorrow! ><) All we did was walk around some more, and I was proud of myself because when we needed to head back I KNEW WHERE WE WERE. HELL YEAH.
(I wasn’t sure how we suddenly ended up back at the place we began in the morning, but I knew where we were from there! xD )
When we were walking around, we ended up at the city cathedral. My parents wanted to check it out, and when we walked up, I couldn’t get in because of my shorts. Ah well, I’m too sexy for that church. Literally. LOL….ANYHOO I just chilled outside in the warm sun (it’s getting a bit cooler and tolerable out nowadays) and waited for them to come out.
Then we were off to the museum. I’d been to the museum before, but it seems like this time they set it up a bit differently. It was a bit easier last time to navigate, since it was pretty chronological. IMHO: I really like Picasso overall as an artist, but I am probably a bigger fan of his sketches and his early work, before he got into his Blue Period and Cubism and such.
As we were leaving, I saw this guy making really cool painted glass things, for about a Euro each. He wasn’t that well off, but just about EVERYONE passing by stopped to take a look at what he’d painted. Myself included! I bought some, and as I put them in my bag I saw that he’d actually painted them with his fingers! (too poor for a brush I assume.) Ahhh I’m glad he was getting lots of business. He was really good!
Then, we stopped at two bakeries, I got some delicious cookies…and pastries…and oh my god I’m going to gain weight stop looking at me like that I AM NOT A FATTY.
Oh wait. Yes I am. :]
I ate two of them (chocolate chip and hazelnut) when I got home and promptly took a nap. The trip is winding down, but I definitely think my body feels it. Ahhhh only one more day in Barcelona! Let’s make it a good one! :P
Wasn’t allowed to take pictures inside the Picasso museum of course, so here’s the inner courtyard. I really love it’s style.
Very ingenious way of painting. This guy was outside the Picasso Museum selling his work for a Euro each. Really quite amazing. I’ll post a picture of one later, after I figure out which one I’m gonna have for myself! xD