The Prado

Our final day in our oficial tour we had our only weather of note. We had a cloudy walk from our hotel through the Retiro Park visiting the Estanque of the lake in the middle of the park and the Christal Palace.

We then walked to the Prado Museum one of the finest collections of art in the world. It houses the masters of the Spanish and Holy Roman Empire to include Rubens, Titian, Velazquez, and Goya as well as many others.

We spent 2-3 hours in the museum and then on to a lunch. Soon after we sat down the sky opened up and the temperature dropped dramatically. The tour members of the class of 1971 (Ritchie, Doug and Ruth Cleavenger, and Mary and Tom Luján) had a leisurely lunch out of the rain and decided that visiting the Reina Sofia Museum and Picasso’s Guernica will have to wait. Tonight we have our farewell dinner. Due to the cold I introduced some of the members to my favorite Spanish Brandy, Gran Duque de Alba which may have influenced our decision to taxi back to the hotel. A decision I will stand by proudly.

As we exited the museum I had to take a picture of the statue of Goya with his pigeon adornments in honor of a joke recently sent to me.

I will be moving to my VRBO apartment tomorrow for phase two of my adventure. I know that the location of the apartment is great, I hope the place is as nice. Stay tuned and I will let you know.

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