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.
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.
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.
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.
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.