06 November 2011


There was a lot more to Madrid that just food....honest!

We visited the Reina Sofia Museum (a little disappointed - it was a large building that didn't seem to contain much, with minimal direction for the visitors) and the Thyssen Bornemeszia Collection - definitely not disappointed - one of the best galleries I've been too and I've been to quite a lot. A collection built over years by the Thyssen family, now on public display - over 1600 paintings from the 16th century onwards....Picasso, Van Gogh, Franz Marc, Kandinsky oh and to my joy 3 little Klee's around a corner, just as I had said the collection would be more complete if there had been a Klee! Had chocolate and churros (typical Spanish dish  thick rich hot chocolate with doughnut like pastries to dip in the chocolate) at Chocolateria San Gine, walked through El Retiro Park, took in the cathedral, markets galore, crowed over the architecture, wandered the shops, met an old friend for dinner and ate a lot of tapas - octopus, fish, croquetas, chorizo, patatas bravas.......yum.

All in all a good few days was had!

Museo Reina Sofia

Old Market

El Retiro Park

Madrid Cathedral

El Retiro Park


Bethany Hissong said...

The museum building itself is incredible! I'm happy that you got to see your Klees! You did buy some espadrilles, didn't you? They are very cute!

Thimbleanna said...

Wow -- it all sounds just fantastic. Your photos are beautiful. And hot chocolate and churros? Perfect!

Becca said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Your blog is making me terrifically hungry right now. You have such great pictures of food! I'm also loving those cute appliqued bags. Keep up the crafting! :-)

ibb said...

I am going this week...but no turism time...work...but it is beautiful to see it from your eyes...

heather said...

I love your vision of madrid! someday we will be there again!