Trip Start Dec 03, 2011
2Trip End Dec 10, 2011
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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)
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.