The Devil Wears Prado

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Wow! We have had such an exciting week with so many great meetings and we have been working on some super exciting projects that I can’t wait to share with you, but first I wanted to share with you the last day of our Madrid trip!

Our time in Madrid was truly fantastic, we followed in footsteps of Naomi Campbell, Penelop Cruz and Jimmy Carter and ate churros with hot chocolate at the most famous Chocolateria, Chocolateria San Gines. We played golf, had Tapas and enjoyed evenings with our family and friends.  Probably one of the highlights of our trip, or at least the one that would impact my day to life forevermore, was getting my first pair of prescription glasses, because I hadn’t realised but after doing an eye test, I was and still am, actually pretty blind. Now that I have my glasses, I’ve realised that things far away ( TV, paintings in a museum, people) were a bit of a blur, like in those Specsaver adverts where people kiss strangers on the train platform…Yes that was me…but NO MORE! * Victory Fist Pump! Thanks to Gustavo and his parents who bought me the glasses, I can now see the world and Madrid in HD! Hurray for Specs!

So, now that I had been given the gift of sight, there were so many great shops and beautiful streets left to explore, but my parent’s voices kept resounding in my head ” Abi…Make sure you go to El Prado to see the Vilazquezs and the Goyas”…  I had put it off for too long and now on our last day I could ignore it no longer… So in true good girl fashion, on our last day, we set off in search of some serious culture. We took the train to Sol and walked passed the Jamon and the Wine Shops and made our way passed the impressive Congress towards a beautiful tree lined boulevard. We went first to the famous Reina Sofia National Museum to admire Picasso’s impressive and most powerful painting Guernica and the most amazing collection of Salvador Dali paintings. I could have stayed here for days admiring the all the modern art but, after a quick stop off in the shaded museum garden, we walked back towards the beast…towards El Prado.

 We waited until 6pm to go to El Prado, because it is free to get in after 6pm and although the queues was pretty long to start with, they soon died down. El Prado is Spain’s national museum of art and features one of the world’s finest collections of European Art. The building itself was very beautiful, it had large columns, vaulted ceilings and incredibly wide corridors. We got to see the Goya’s and the Velazquez’s in all their glory, my favourite being of course Las Meninas by Velazquez… it was an incredible experience and definitely a must if you visit Madrid!

Whilst we waited we enjoyed the incredible views of the Ritz Hotel and took pictures of the most beautiful church tucked away behind the museum.  It was still pretty hot, so I wore a lace French Connection Top with Spanish floral espadrilles, Zara jean shorts and a Louis Vuitton Clutch Purse and I of course took with my Affelou glasses so that I could admire the masterpieces! Don’t forget the Macaroon Phone-Cover from I-Paint Store! 🙂

I hope you like my new specs! 🙂 Happy Sunday Everybody xxx

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NERD ALERT! FUN FACTS! 🙂

  • El Prado features one of the world’s finest collections of European art, dating from the 12th century to the early 19th century, based on the former Spanish Royal Collection, and unquestionably the best single collection of Spanish art. Founded as a museum of paintings and sculpture in 1819, it also contains important collections of other types of works. El Prado is one of the most visited sites in the world, and is considered one the greatest museums of art in the world. The numerous works byFrancisco de Goya, the single most extensively represented artist, as well as by Diego Velázquez, El Greco, Titian, Peter Paul Rubens and Hieronymus Bosch are some of the highlights of the collection.
  • The collection currently comprises around 7,600 paintings, 1,000 sculptures, 4,800 prints and 8,200 drawings, in addition to a large number of other works of art and historic documents.
  • The best-known work on display at the museum is Las Meninas by Velázquez. Velázquez and his keen eye and sensibility were also responsible for bringing much of the museum’s fine collection of Italian masters to Spain, now the largest outside of Italy.

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