Friday, June 19, 2009

Madrid Me Gusta Mucho

MADRID, Spain--It´s probably not possible to live on jamon alone.

Every now and then, you need some bread and cheese.

It seems that on almost every block in Madrid you can buy a quick snack of wonderful ham, or a jamon bocadillo, which is a ham sandwich. That comes in handy in a city where we found ourselves walking a lot, largely because the walks were so pleasant.

Aside from that ham, the highlight of the second day in Madrid was the Prado, a museum that lives up to its billing as one of the world´s best. Just the El Greco, Goya, Velazquez and Bosch would be enough for an entire museum of Spanish greats.

On our third day in the city, we spent the morning wandering around an Egyptian temple that had been moved to a Madrid park during the construction of the Aswan Dam. Somehow, it seemed appropriate to soak in that little bit of cultural fusion before we got onto the high speed train to Barcelona.

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