second day in Madrid

weather in Madrid
weather in Madrid

I think I didn’t get the occasion to talk about the weather here. Yes, lovely weather – sunny and warm. Incredibly nice!

The view from hostel
The view from hostel
Spring in Madrid
Spring in Madrid

I went to the weekend flea market – full of useless stuff, pretty interesting nonetheless.  Lots of people browsing / shopping but the items for sale were mostly the classic tshirts, purses, belts. There were a few …. more exotic items, but those I will post about tomorrow.

After the flea maerket I decided to stroll toward El Prado and La Reina Sofia. However, I decided to visit the Prado later, as after 5pm the entrance was free.

Also found the nice Retiro park, with it’s Velasquez and Crystal palaces.

The queue to El Prado
The queue to El Prado
The Rodin exhibition at Caixa Forum
The Rodin exhibition at Caixa Forum

Later, after running to the hostel to change some batteries  for the camera I went back to El Prado. And at that moment I realized my folly. Just as I thought to take advantage of the free entrance, so did a few hundred other people. The queue was I’d say longer than the one at San Pietro in ROme – and that is an achievemnt!

However, things changed for the better as leaving the Prado I found in the vicinity a temporary Rodin exhibition at Caixa. The 4 or 5 statues were outside the building, which itself was housing a fauvist painting exhibition. Too bad photography was not permitted inside, as there were a few nice paintings.

There was also a modern art exhibition, and I really enjoyed some of the exhibits. And for me, modern art doesn’t always make sense.

Before ending this post and going to sleep, I post a few more pictures. Enjoy!

Hostel living room
Hostel living room
Waiting for a mocha frap
Waiting for a mocha frap
Starbucks grande mocha frappucino - the fuel I run on
Starbucks grande mocha frappucino - the fuel I run on
Cervantes building
Cervantes building

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