After parting with my Brother we headed to the Reina Sofia, Madrids Modern Art Museum! We were running a little later than we expected due to the long lunch so we walked pretty quickly throughout the museum taking in everything we could. We had a little pamphlet to guide us around and give us a little information on each piece.
It was everything you ever expected a modern museum to be. I was in awe of so many paintings I've only seen in art history books. We didn't take very many pictures even though you were allowed to we just felt like our cameras couldn't do the justice these paintings deserved.
We got to walk through Richard Serra's exhibit, Equal-Parallel: Guernica-Bengasi. And the outdoor courtyard that housed Alexander Calder's Carmen Mobile.
Before you knew it we were at the Picasso wing of the museum, there were no pictures allowed but seeing Guernica when you turn the corner is the most magical experience. We spent a good half hour just really examining it in all its glory. It took the span of two whole rooms. We got to hear the history of it and the many places it toured. It was exquisite. Just seeing all of the Picasso paintings were amazing. Picasso, Dali, Miro, Cadere and so many more! We stayed until they literally kicked us out, pushing us out the door, but I wanted every second I could get in there.
It was starting to get dark so we decided to walk to the Parque del Buen Retiro, which is the largest park in Madrid. They say it used to be the "playgrounds" for the elite and rich of Madrid back in the day. We walked past the Palacia de Cristal and the Palacio de Velasquez. We read up on this place Casa Patas that had flamenco dancers nightly, so we decided to head that way. It was about a 20 minute walk but the city at night was everything you would think. Crowds of people everywhere drinking and having a good time. We finally made it to Casa Patas and showed up a little late. It was the most expensive thing we did so far but I think it was well worth the entertainment. I would recommend anyone going. We had sangria and watched authentic flamenco for a couple hours.
Food was a little pricey so we decided to wait until afterwards to get food. We walked a few blocks to this place called La Fiebre and it was delicious!! They spoke English which kind of was a breathe of fresh air to not struggle with the language barrier. I think they had a Hostel near because so many different types of people were there. We heard languages from all over. The service was nice and the food was delicious! It was dark inside and very hard to get some photos.