Our last full day in Spain was designated for culture. Our first stop of the day was the Prado Museum. We aren’t generally museum people, but Ellen likened not going to the Prado to not going to the Louvre when you are in Paris.
The highlights of the Prado were a number of works of Francisco de Goya, more El Greco, Reubens, Raphael and the strangest painting I’d ever seen, Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights. Look it up, it’s strange! We used the audio tour guides which worked out well to understand what we were seeing.
Next stop was the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. It is described as the minor work of major artists and the major works of minor artists. We enjoyed the impressionist paintings, but the works got into modern art that isn’t to our taste.
We stopped for lunch at the outdoor cafe in front of the NH Hotel. With Passover underway, I have to be careful with what I eat. I had potatoes with garlic and olive oil and trout roe. Ellen had a ham/mozzarella/mushrooms sandwich that she said was delicious.
We then followed the advice of Rick Steves and got a view of the modern area of Madrid by spending €1 each to take city bus #27 north to the skyscrapers. We passed the stadium where Real Madrid plays and noticed the U.S. Embassy. We didn’t know we were in a novel that was heavy on foreshadowing.
We went to the large El Corte Ingles department store because, well, it was another location of a Thomas Sabo jewelry counter. Ellen got a couple more charms. We then took the metro back to our hotel. Ellen did some restaurant research and came up with a list of a few restaurants near Plaza Mayor.
We walked from our hotel and located one of them, Taberna del Capitan Alariste. We had just bought postcards to send to our parents. When we first sat down, we wrote them out and out then in Ellen’s purse.
Dinner was wonderful. Ellen started with croquettes. We both had lamb. It arrived on a platter for the 2 of us that must have had 20 pieces of lamb on it. We ate and ate and ate, finishing all but 3 pieces. After dinner, I enjoyed a cup of tea, while Ellen finished her 2nd glass of wine,