Madrid: Day 2

Sunday, November 6 was an unstructured day for us. For an art lover, a visit to El Prado is like a kid going to Disneyland. We needed a day to process the previous day’s El Prado visit. We walked around central Madrid to get a feel for what big city Spanish life is like.

The Westin-Madrid hotel
The Westin-Madrid hotel (left) and an office building
The Ayuntamiento de Madrid
The Ayuntamiento de Madrid (City Hall)
The glass-covered atrium of the Ayuntamiento de Madrid
The glass-covered atrium of the Ayuntamiento de Madrid
Lamp in the Ayuntamiento de Madrid
Lamp in the Ayuntamiento de Madrid

We saw lots of ugly graffiti in all of the Spanish cities that we visited, but some folks in Madrid decided to paint their metal doors with something more creative.

Door painting
Door painting
Door painting
Door painting
Door painting
Door painting

We had a superb gourmet seafood dinner at a place in our neighborhood called El Barril de las Letras. Then we found the Cafe Central, a bar just up the street from our apartment that had live jazz. We heard the Bob Sands Quartet. Bob Sands is an American expat who moved to Spain in the early 1990s. He plays tenor sax in a style reminiscent of Sonny Rollins or Dexter Gordon, and he was performing with a Spanish rhythm section. So after haute cuisine, it was hard bop home cookin’!

 

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