GB and H

Good-Bye, Pennsylvania.

Hello, Madrid, Spain!

It’s very important to hydrate after a long overseas flight. Gary and I napped at our hotel for a few hours and then took the Metro into Plaza Mayor to see the sights. 

Madrid is famous for beautiful architecture and the opera. Sitting next to the opera house, we watched the orchestra musicians arriving, carrying their instruments. 

I’m not sure if the singers we encountered were really practicing arias for the performance, or if everyone sings opera here, walking along the side streets. 

I convinced Gary that we needed to go to at least one of the three art museums. I chose Reina Sofia because there is a special exhibition, Pity and Terror, Picasso’s Path to Guernica.  

The exhibit was amazing. The painting was created in response to the bombing of Guernica, a Basque Country village in northern Spain, by Nazi Germany and Fascist Italian warplanes. Upon completion, Guernica was exhibited at the Spanish display at the Paris International Exposition at the 1937 World’s Fair in Paris and then at other venues around the world. The touring exhibition was used to raise funds for Spanish war relief. The painting became famous and widely acclaimed, and it helped bring worldwide attention to the Spanish Civil War. It is now regarded by many art critics as one of the most moving and powerful anti-war paintings in history.

The mural is enormous! Viewing hundreds of artworks Picasso accomplished before painting Guernica, and seeing the sketches and studies done in preparation, was a view into the vision, method and life of the artist. Incredible. 

I don’t think Gary has recovered yet…

It wasn’t hard to find a good restaurant to discuss the art we saw. We wanted to try some tapas, especially the jamon iberico. 

It was delicious but I didn’t expect literally “on the hoof.” 

We chose a tasting platter with a glass of sangria. A fitting toast to our first day in Spain. 

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  1. Christine says

    WOW! Another wonderful adventure which I love to hear about it your own words. I’m looking forward to next post.

  2. I hope you’ll be able to see the’ll go nuts over the mosaics!

  3. Andra H Rudershausen says

    OMG I’m so jealous. Madrid looks fabulous! Enjoy!

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