I visit Parque de Retiro, the most famous park in Madrid.
Included in a long day of sight-seeing was a trip to Parque de Retiro.
The park was regal and well-maintained. With surreal topiaries dotting courtyards and gardens.
In the center of the park was a huge pond full of carp, and you could watch people row boats on it’s green surface.
A massive white stone tower loomed over the pond. There was a gravel bike path to one side, and a green field of grass on the other. The entire park was sprawling, with many twisty paths, food vendors, gardens, statues, and trees.
A man played a saxophone near the bike path, and it echoed around the pond.
El Museo Nacional de Prado
Price: 6 Euros at front entrance. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 9am to 6pm.
On the edge of the park was El Museo Nacional de Prado, the most well known museum in Madrid.
The building was magnificent from the outside, and we couldn’t resist taking pictures
Unfortunately, photographs weren’t allowed inside, but we took a guided tour and saw some amazing pieces.
I particularly liked seeing “Saturn Devouring His Son,” “Maja,” and “The Garden of Delights.”
The guide also explained an early form of photoshop: Portraits of people were each done individually, and then repainted into an inclusive family painting. That way, the family in the picture didn’t have to stand and pose for hours on end. Everything was fascinating and beautiful. This museum was one of the more strict exhibits that I had been to, and there was a reverent hush in the halls.
There was good reason for the reverence. This museum was definitely one of the best I had ever been to in terms of its rich content.
Bucket list? Check!