The two most memorable things about Madrid are El Retiro Park and the art museums. El Retiro Park which we walked through daily is 350 acres of lawns, trees, fountains, avenues and paths. The park is the center of the city even in winter. It is entirely surrounded by the present-day city. Couples walk hand in hand, families stroll, and runners traverse trails at all times of day. Madrid's avenue of art consists of three major museums, Museo del Prado, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. All were within walking distance from our apartment. Seeing art up close is amazing. The layers come to life, the colors vibrate, and the compositions inspire.
Madrid Inspirations in photos:
|Buen Retiro Park|
|Crystal Palace ~1887|
|Retiro Statue ~ Paseo de las Estatuas|
|Madrid at night|
|Joan Miró i Ferrà - 1966|
Pájaro lunar (Moon Bird), 1966, Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid
Then we were onto Lisbon Portugal via the night train from Madrid to Lisbon. While we thought we'd be able to catch a night's sleep on the train, the train stops and starts periodically throughout and night. All in all the adventure was worth the few hours of sleep had. Lisbon is a city of gracious people, cobblestones, avenues and alleys, and hilly terrain. The food and the light of the city makes for a foodie's and photographer's paradise.
Lisbon Inspirations in photos:
|Remains of Church after 1755 Earthquake|
|Lisbon walk way|
|View from Boutique Hotel|
|Wall of Street Art|
|Detail of Graffiti|
|Rusted rose from cemetery tomb|