June 30th, 2011
I woke up at 7:00 A.M. to get ready for my big day. At 7:55 A.M. I was seated at the breakfast table at my bed and breakfast (Abracadabra B&B) and I was the only one up. Norma, the owner of the B&B greeted me in Spanish. I had frosted flakes, mango yogurt, LOTS OF BREAD (sweet breads), a sandwich which was bread with cheese melted panini style, hot tea, toast and strawberry jam. Talking about bread was an understatement, it was EVERYWHERE! I was getting so full of carbs, I felt like I was filling up like a balloon. I didn’t want to be rude, so I did my best to EAT EVERYTHING! I wrote on the napking “Gracias”. I ran into Norma before going to my room and told her that I cannot eat that much bread. I got my camera ready, dressed comfy for the day and got read to go to the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza close to the Prado Museum. It’s probably about a 20-30 minute walk from where I was. The museum cost 8 euros (about $10.50 U.S. dollars) & they give no teacher discounts. They did tell me that the Reina Sofia and the Prado were free for teachers! Boo ya!
A Beautiful Walk on the way to the Thyssen and Prado
I got a headset for 4 euros. I read in Rick Steves that it was worth getting. NO PICTURES ALLOWED! Disclaimer: Please Please Please….when going to a museum, follow the rules! These pictures and art pieces need to be there in the future by us taking good care of things and listening to rules. I can’t stand going to a museum and seeing people taking flash photos of works. Flash ruins paintings and over time it will damage the picture! You can buy a postcard, so DON’T DO IT!
The Entrance of the Thyssen had a captivating statue of a baby’s head
As you walk in there was a huge white structure of a woman head and shoulders to the bellybutton. There was a picture of the King and Queen of Spain. Also there was a picture of the duchess who was responsible for the collection of art for the Thyssen.
I was also ecstatic to see a Jan Van Eyck Diptych “The Annunciation” that looked super REAL! It was a quattro centro style (have to research that more) Also saw a famous piece called “Giovanna Tornabuoni” that captures serenity, perfection & royalty. In this painting it was suggested that she was pregnant. Apparently during this time (Renaissance), it was fashionable to look pregnant. It was trendy to look like your were carrying child. It was symbolic of Mary and Jesus (Immaculate Conception) This painting caught my attention because the young man STARES AT YOU. This piece was painted by Raphael.
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