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What can I say about Madrid? I had stopped there on a school trip to admire “Guernica” in 1992 and hadn’t returned since. It is a beautiful and atmospheric city. I loved strolling in its streets. The architecture is really impressive and there are lovely buildings every few meters, but what I preferred were the small streets with those cañas y tapas bars. I loved this web of streets, which managed to disorient me a couple of times.
I was lucky enough to meet a friend there who brought me to a lovely tapas bar. I still can’t believe at how cheap wine and food are compared to Ireland. I also really appreciated the way they always give you a little snack when you order a drink; crisps, salami, cured ham, cheese, fried white bait, etc. However, the late night life wasn’t what expected. I would have thought it would be possible to stay out late for a quiet drink in chilled out bars, but it seemed that after 2.30am, everybody went to late bars and night clubs, which are quite noisy and more expensive. Maybe I wasn’t in the right area?
I was there for a conference on “Myth and Subversion” and, unfortunately, did not get enough time to explore the city at my leisure. However, I managed to escape for a few hours to visit a part of the Museo Reina Sofia and enjoyed looking at paintings by Picasso, Dali, Miro, Gris and others.
Here is the whole set of photos I took at the Museo Reina Sofia:
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And this is the set for Madrid, which does not do justice to what I saw:[gigya src=”http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=71649″ width=”500″ flashvars=”offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=/photos/emeire/sets/72157626408006528/show/&page_show_back_url=/photos/emeire/sets/72157626408006528/&set_id=72157626408006528&jump_to=” allowFullScreen=”true” ]