Madrid, Spain

I arrived in Madrid yesterday to start a land tour of Spain which ends in Barcelona in three weeks. After a few days in Barcelona, I will embark a cruise ship which is repositioning from Europe to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.   The weather in Madrid was lovely and I took advantage of it both yesterday and today by using the open top Hop on Hop off bus to get around. Run by Madrid City Tours, it has two routes and very frequent buses. Most of the main sites are covered.   Today, I visited a few important sites, namely the Palacio Real (two photos), the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, and the Temple of Devod (photo). The palace is quite spectacular but unfortunately limited photography is permitted inside. I was most impressed by the large number of  beautiful tapestries and important paintings. The main dining table which must seat about 100 people, was set with beautiful china, crystal and silverware. The latter must be polished regularly as it was sparkling.  The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is well worth a visit. It is an extensive private collection that includes important works from the early Italian Primitives to modern 20th century art.  You need considerable time to see it all.  The Temple of Devod is an ancient Egyptian temple which was originally built south of Aswan in southern Egypt very close to the first cataract of the Nile. Adikhalamani the Kushite king of Meroë, started its construction by building a small single room chapel dedicated to the god Amun.  In 1960, at the time of the construction of the Aswan Dam, it was one of several threatened sites. UNESCO made an international call to save this temple and as a sign of gratitude for the help provided by Spain in saving the temples of Abu Simbel, the Egyptian state donated the temple of Debod to Spain in 1968 and it was moved to Madrid.  I also took advantage of the nice weather to take a cable car (Teleferico) that gives a spectacular panoramic view of Madrid. The last photos include the rear views of the Palacio Real and the Church of San Francisco El Grande, some newer towers and some areas of very dry vegetation.

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3 Responses to Madrid, Spain

  1. Super, y buen viaggio! Wonder if Madrid shows signs of Spain’s economic melt-down in recent years.

    • lholland6365 says:

      I haven’t seen signs of problems and I was actually surprised that I haven’t. However I have been in tourist areas where there are likely more jobs.

      • Good, and happy for you. Looking forward to your next posts. Speaking of travel, albeit on a smaller scale, a week ago I did a road trip to Ohio (!) – a big + happy Family Reunion (my aunt’s 90th). Now, we’re off to the Townships + Mntl for most of the week.

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