Thursday October 15
This Mad Hatter was outside the Prado with his little white mouse. They both looked very content and pleased with themselves!The Prado has 102 rooms and we managed to visit all but 17 of them. We spent about six hours exploring and soaking up the incredible art work but we simply ran out of time and energy. There are no photos in the Museum but I did take these two. I know, I am a bad girl! We saw many paintings that were familiar because of reading my art books. It was wonderful seeing these works in person. This is a very famous Goya work titled “The Family of Charles IV.” I just wanted one photo to say “Yes, I was there.” When I am home I will find a good book on the Prado as a reminder of everything we have seen today. Books are just too heavy to lug around in our suitcases!The Museum encourages artists to study and paint in the Museum, as this young lady was doing. We saw several artists at work today. Pictures were allowed in the Leoni Cloister and when we looked up we could see that there were workrooms above the cloister. I would love to be able to tour these rooms, but had to settle for zooming in for a closer look.We headed back to our Airbnb for some much needed rest. I love touring Museums and Art Galleries but it is quite exhausting, physically and mentally.This has been home for the last ten nights but we leave the day after tomorrow. We only planned on staying here for four nights but liked it so much, and Bob really liked taking the bus into Madrid instead of driving, so we changed our reservation to twelve nights.