Spanish Silhouettes

Trip Start Dec 03, 2011
Trip End Dec 10, 2011

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Flag of Spain  , Madrid,
Saturday, September 24, 2011

Madrid is the capital of Spain, a place to go in my wish list for a long time. In September, I got a week off from work and I took off. I arrived at Madrid airport. A 20-minutes walk inside the terminals led me to the subway station. It was quite an easy access to the city. Also just two stops from the subway station close to my hotel Gran Versailles was Atocha station.

Atocha station was a green house with tracks where travelers could enjoy the greens and look at turtles while waiting for buses and trains to other areas of Spain like Barcelona, Toledo, Segovia and Cordoba, to say a few.

In Madrid, Prado Museum and Reina Sofia Contemporary Art Museum were two main art tour attractions. One could easily spend hours browsing masterpieces of Goya(Black paintings), Velasquez(Las Maides), Picasso(Guernica) and much much more of old masters like Ruben, Raphael and El Greco. Talking about El Greco, it would be memorable to take an hour train to Toledo to see Greco's workshop and his Apostle paintings.

Museo Reina Sofia  a must-see, it was here one found the well-known Picasso Guernica. A painting depicting the brutality 
and terror of Spanish Civil War in black, white and grey tone. All shattered and twisted imagery of howling horses and bulls, toppled lampstand, as well as dismembered human broken limbs successfully contributed to a cold-blood killing scene. If viewers squinted and stared at it long enough in complete silence and imagined to get close to what really happened in front of you, it would definitely give you a chill in the spine.

Besides Toledo, one close-by town near Madrid was Segovia where Roman Aqueduct was a welcoming host to visitors around the globe. Staying till sunset, you wouldn't be disappointed to see the beautiful silhouettes of the Aqueduct in the Romantic evening.

Three-hour fast train, Renfe would take you to Barcelona from Madrid. Needless to say, Barcelona's famous attraction was Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece --Sagrada Familia. Expected for a daily line-up for getting a ticket for a gorgeous view of the interior of Sagrada Familia. Gaudi Parc was also a must-go but it required a little exercise to climb up to the top to have a grand view of Barcelona. More of Gaudi's buidlings were around if you had time to spare. Picasso Museum was also not to be missed, of course.
In Cordoba, medieval castle was unforgettable. Roman ruins were an eye-witness of once the grand human endeavour in history. Time stood still here and readily carried you away into the deep meditation of the glorious past of the roman empire. A weeklong vacation gone by as fast as a Renfe ride. It was time to say good-bye to these spectacular cities of Spain.
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