45E. Art Museums- Check

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The new jumbo sized Friend clan invaded Madrid. We had some fun figuring out parking and buying the metro cars. It’s amazing how much fun children derive from purchasing tickets. The more change you have to put in the machine the greater their euphoria.

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We spent the afternoon walking through Rutino Park even trying out their rowboats. The boys were in charge of boat assignments: 1) Brian, Brody & Kaden 2) Elizabeth, Klaine and Scarlet 3) Kenda, Brent, Brenna & Arden.

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Then it was time for Brody’s favorite thing to do x2 ART MUSEUMS! And it must be the Sunday thing to do– make the museums FREE! We blasted through the Reina Sophia and the Prado.

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The Reina Sophia is best known for Salvador Dali works and a HUGE Picasso called the Guernicia. The Gurnicia is Picasso’s reaction to the bombing of the Spanish town of Guernicia. This is a historical event that I knew nothing about- I’m surprised that Wikipedia has not contacted me with an award for most diverse subjects searched from the most geographic locations.

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The Prado museum is like the Louvre of Spain. With all our tours of Italian art we are staring to recognize artists and companion pieces. There were still new interesting pieces like The Garden of Earthly Delights by Bosch. Arden’s comment about the painting was “I like pictures of torture to be more realistic.” And she is right- Bosches painting is best described as the story of Paradise/Fall of Man/He’ll if it was interpreted by Dr Seuss.
Kenda, Brenna and I toured using the Rick Steve’s guide. With limited time he gets you to all the right places and gives great background on the artists, their styles and their subjects.

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On our way to dinner we passed lots of almost excitement. Many people chanting words we couldn’t understand with signs we couldn’t read. There were plenty of police around and quite a few paddy wagons. But no fun squabbles to watch or mini riots.

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4 responses to “45E. Art Museums- Check

  1. I’m sure Brenna, a connoisseur of Hieronymus Bosch, filled you in on the true significance of his works she appreciated in Belgium! Also who doesn’t know about the Spanish Civil War; next thing you will be telling us you don’t know on which side the Lincoln Brigade and the Condor Legion fought !

  2. Madrid had demonstrations today—see following article from off Internet. You could have joined the protestors for Dignity and maybe gotten arrested. That would have put a different slant on your trip.

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish police and protesters clashed during an anti-austerity demonstration that drew tens of thousands of people to central Madrid on Saturday. Police said in a statement that six officers were injured and 12 people were arrested.

    As a final speech was being given, some protesters attempted to break through a police barrier and make their way toward the nearby headquarters of the governing conservative Popular Party. Riot police then charged the protesters, who hurled bottles and other objects, and beat them back with batons.

    One police vehicle and a bank were damaged by protesters. It wasn’t immediately clear how many protesters were injured, and if anybody was seriously hurt on either side.

    Protesters say Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s government has eroded Spain’s much-valued public health and education systems, while saddling Spaniards with sky-high unemployment and more debt.

    Six columns of protesters – each from a different region of Spain – had arrived at the outskirts of the city early Saturday before heading for Colon square, carrying banners bearing the slogan “Marching for Dignity.”

    By late afternoon, Madrid’s principal boulevard, Paseo del Prado, was packed with people chanting against government’s austerity policies and the cuts they have entailed.

    “I don’t want corruption, government cuts and unemployment,” said office worker Susana Roldan, 24. “What I want is a secure future in Spain.”

    Rajoy’s conservative government has a large parliamentary majority, enabling it to push through waves of austerity-driven, unpopular tax hikes and government program cutbacks since taking office in 2011, in a bid to reduce Spain’s budget deficit.

    Spain’s economy began to crumble in 2008 with the collapse of its bloated real-estate sector. It emerged from a two-year recession late last year as investor confidence returned and the country’s borrowing costs dropped from perilously high levels in 2012 to pre-crisis rates this year. But unemployment is still cripplingly high at 26 percent, leading many to seek work oversees.

    The protest includes trade unions, civil servants and organizations representing people evicted from their homes for not being able to make mortgage payments after losing their jobs.

    One woman carried a banner saying, “My daughter can’t be here because she’s had to emigrate.”

    Hello to everyone there and enjoy your week together.

    • Thanks for the info. We passed by some pretty serious demonstrators that day. We couldn’t figure out what they were protesting because of the language barrier, but the police were wearing flak jackets, so we didn’t hang around.

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