Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Putting the "rad" in Prado - Madrid, Spain

We had another breakfast of champions this morning....we ate some yummy sweet pastries at a crowded bakery in the heart of Puerta del Sol.  Wendy and I had been eyeing it every time we had walked by the last of couple of days.  We were sucked in by the aroma and beautiful store windows.  As far as Wendy and I are concerned, this place didn't disappoint.  

After breakfast we headed to the oldest market in Madrid. We were thoroughly disappointed in the merchandise being sold there.  If you want to buy clothes or items from India, this is the place to go.  If not, stay away.  The best thing we came away with were these little noise makers you put in your mouth.  They make the most annoying sound in the world but Kevin and I were so intrigued we had to buy some.  It wouldn't be a trip if I didn't buy some toy to play with.  Oh, and on our way to this market we passed the stamp collectors market.  Basically, the Plaza de Mayor was full of cute little old men selling stamps to each other.  Adorable!

We spent the early afternoon at the Palacio Real.  We had a quirky little tour guide that we fell in love with.  She was super concerned with people taking pictures inside the Palace (definitely a no no).  Every room we walked into she would scold someone for having their camera out.  In one room she asked the security guard what this person was holding.  It turned out the person was holding an iPad.  She hadn't seen one before and was concerned the device had a camera.  The security guard told our guide something to the effect that it was an iPad and that all Chinese people had one and it didn't have a camera so it was ok.  Phew!  Glad we got that cleared up.  

The last stop of the day was the Prado Museum.  We picked up a map highlighting the most famous works of art on display and immediately set to work.  I think we were able to see everything we wanted to see in about an hour or so.  We saw famous pieces by El Greco, Goya, Bosch, and Velazquez.  Everything was incredible!     

All in all we had a great trip to Madrid.  The weather was perfect, the company was amazing, and the sights were incredible!  


  1. That is the strangest traffic sign I have ever seen.


  2. Wow. Awesome! Thanks for the great travelogue. I have to tell you that your trip was missing one thing -- ME! I hope you thought of me as you did all of that fun Spanish stuff. I am soooooo jealous! As I have told you before, it took me a long time to start to like Spanish food, so I don't blame you for not liking it. My wife Sarah does not have pleasant memories. What made you guys decide not to take the night train to Barcelona? :) Next time we go, let's go to a soccer game.

  3. Ted, we talked about you the whole time! You were missed. We need to have a Spain reunion trip one of these days!!!