Toledo and Madrid

Since I first began researching this trip, a visit to Toledo (about 50 minutes by bus south of Madrid) has been high on my list of priorities. I’d seen photographs online which indicated a town of great beauty. On top of that, there was the story of a town that was once the capital city during the middle ages, which continues to undergo significant restoration work, and which has become a major tourist attraction.

Toledo, Spain
Toledo, Spain

As we walked around the town yesterday, it appeared a visit to Toledo was compulsory for every school aged child in Spain.… Read the rest “Toledo and Madrid”

Monday in Madrid

If you have an interest in art, you could spend a day or two, or even longer at Madrid’s Reina Sofia. As it was, I spent several hours there late this afternoon/this evening, and in some ways, feel like I only skimmed the surface.

The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía is Spain’s national museum of twentieth-century art.

These were some of my favourites.

Rafael Solbes
Antonio Lopez
Antonio Saura
Yves Klein

Modern Madrid

As you’ve undoubtedly read over the last few days, Spain is undergoing what’s being described as “the greatest political crisis in decades”, as there is a move to declare Catalonia (the north east part of the country, centred on Barcelona) independent. Not that I’ve really seen much of it here in Madrid. Although I know there was a major protest here yesterday AGAINST independence, the most I’ve seen has been Spanish flags on lots of buildings, and lots of people (yesterday) carrying and draping themselves in Spanish flags.… Read the rest “Modern Madrid”

The Colours of Madrid

For at least ten minutes today I watched a young woman attempt to take a selfie. She tried portrait. She tried landscape. She did a complete 360 twirl to find the right background. She fluffed her hair, applied lipstick and makeup, and tried all manner of facial expression. Eventually she got the shot she wanted, or at least I hope she did. But honestly, it took forever.

Chorizo at Chiquita Corner Bar in Madrid
Chorizo at Chiquita Corner Bar in Madrid

For my part, I was sitting just metres away having a late lunch at the Chiquita Corner Bar.… Read the rest “The Colours of Madrid”

Hola! Madrid

I don’t think I’ve ever made it through passport control that quickly. It helped I was in one of the first few rows of economy class. It helped that ours was the only flight arriving at that time of night. And it helped, that I had only carry-on luggage. Even so, it was literally less than three minutes from when I joined the security queue to the moment when I emerged on “the other side”. I couldn’t believe my luck.… Read the rest “Hola! Madrid”