We skipped having a traditional Thanksgiving again this year and instead flew to Madrid for warmth and sunshine!
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 26TH 2015
The cute little town of Nabburg was shrouded in fog and clouds as we headed to the Munich airport.
Our airbnb was in the La Latina neighborhood of Madrid and was an easy walk to all the major sights.
Since it was such a lovely evening, we decided to skip the train and instead just mosey on back to the apartment. It was a cool preview of all the big sights we'd get to see more in depth over the coming couple of days.
After a few minutes walk we arrived at one of the classic Madrid sights: The Palacio de Cibeles.
From our airbnb we would walk down Calle de Toledo to the Plaza Mayor multiple times a day. This was our view looking back towards that street from just out side the plaza. Muy bonita, no?
At one end of the square is a statue of a bear pawing a tree to eat the berries. This motif has been a symbol of Madrid since medieval times. Bears used to live in the royal hunting grounds outside the city and the madroño trees produce the berry used in the traditional liqueur.
What they are most famous for are the cream-filled Napolitana de la Crema. Holy cow, this thing was good. It was still warm from the oven and was delicious. Every time we found ourselves back at the Puerta del Sol we'd stop in and get one... or two. Lots of bakeries make a Napolitana, but not like this one!
Leaving the square we walked down Calle Mayor. Madrid has such beautiful buildings.
I thought this looked like Madrid's version of New York's Flatiron building.
I love the textures and colors of these buildings!
I'm glad we did!
Bright purple building. Nice.
Inside is a refreshingly modern and colorful ceiling. I loved it.
We saw his work in Würzburg, too.
Pictures weren't allowed in the rest of the interior of the palace, but let me tell you, that place was incredible! Rick Steves puts it at #3 of the best palaces in Europe, behind Versailles and the Shönbrunn in Vienna.
Looking back towards the cathedral from the palace courtyard.
An equestrian statue of King Philip IV looks over the park.
Then we headed down Calle de Arenal and strained our necks because we couldn't help but admire all the lovely buildings above us.
After recharging at the apartment for a couple hours, we headed out to go see the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. We passed by a lovely flower stand.
Me on the elevator back down | Me and my hubby. Yeah, we're extremely good lookin'. (Note my sarcasm :)
A Jesus between all the bones.
Now (2015) and then (2005). Has it really been 10 years? I used to be skinny! I want my 19 year old body back :)
With more than 3,000 canvases, the Prado is arguably the best collection of paintings anywhere in the world. It houses masterpieces by Velázquez, Rembrandt, Hieronymus Bosch, Goya, Titian, Raphael, and Fra Angelico. But, like the palace and the Reina Sofia, pictures inside weren't allowed so you'll have to take my word for it. My mom says that the Prado is THE reason she became an Art History major. She lived in Spain when she was 7 and walked there all by herself with her older sister to view the art.
Fox went "AHH!" when he saw Saturn Devouring Children by Goya.
Just behind the Prado is the lovely church and convent of San Jeronimos.
Chris was the brave one and went inside among the chaos to get treats.
Dunk and enjoy. Churro? Good. Chocolate? Good. Churro dipped in chocolate? Gooooood.
After our traditional Spanish treat, we went to the Puerta del Sol and to our utter delight they had turned on all the Christmas lights and decorations all over the city! YAY!!!
We called that a (wonderful!) night and turned in.
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 29TH 2015
Right near our place was a breadshop, the Panishop. Chris thought that name was funny but the bread was delicious and was a nice carbo-boost before our trip back to the airport and home.
And that, my friends, concludes our trip to Madrid. I LOVE SPAIN!