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A July 2006 trip to Madrid by Mandan Lynn

Segovia Photo, Segovia, Spain More Photos
Quote: I was in Madrid for 3 days—hot days, as it turned out, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Madrid!

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The bullfight. You have to see a bullfight.The Prado. It's huge. Overwhelming. But certainly a must-do.Using Spanish! It's so great to be surrounded by a language you know a little about. Every time someone spoke to me and I understood, I was thrilled!Quick Tips: Visit the museums on their free days—Sunday for the Prado, Saturday after 2:30pm and Sunday for the Reina Sofia.Head to Gran Via for lots of shopping, restaurants, and ice-cream.It gets really hot in Madrid in the summer—make sure you have water with you; you'll want it.The Chamartin station is really busy. I waited in line for a ticket for more than an hour. If you're going there wi...Read More

Plaza de Toros de las Ventas

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Attraction | "Bullfight, Spanish Style"

Plaza de Toros de las Ventas Photo, Madrid, Spain
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I bought my ticket for the Sunday night bullfight on Sunday afternoon, and I ended up with a fantastic seat for just €5. The show lasts about 2 ½ hours, and take note: you'll be sitting on a concrete seat. It gets highly uncomfortable. There are cushions available for rent, but I don't know how much they cost.This particular fight was a young bullfighters fight. There were three young men, each had two bulls.I didn't think I'd be able to tell a difference between the young matadors and the more experienced matador I saw in Portugal, but I could. Sometimes these guys couldn't get the spears to stick, and once one of them only got the sword in halfway—and that was supposed to be t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 19, 2006

Plaza de Toros de las Ventas
Calle De Alcalá, 237
Madrid, Spain
913 56 22 00

Plaza de Toros de las Ventas

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Attraction | "Dirty Little Secret: I Want to Marry a Matador"

Plaza de Toros de las Ventas Photo, Madrid, Spain
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Let's be honest: we are attracted to certain careers and the men or women who have them. Mom wants us to marry doctors or lawyers, we want to marry rock stars or airlines pilots (have you seen those guys in their uniforms?). I never would have thought it, but matador has made my list of Most Attractive Occupations. And why?It's not the sequins or the tight pants, and it's certainly not the pink socks. I laughed every time they strutted toward the bull and rolled my eyes when they planted their feet, hands on their hips, even when they found themselves in trouble (like when one of them dropped his cape). So what's left? What is it?Maybe it's something about they way ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 19, 2006

Plaza de Toros de las Ventas
Calle De Alcalá, 237
Madrid, Spain
913 56 22 00

Day Trip to Segovia

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Segovia Photo, Segovia, Spain
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I had no intention of visiting Segovia, but I met some people in Madrid who were originally from Segovia, and they invited me there with them for a night. Gladly, I went along.Segovia is only about an hour's bus ride (€6, one way) from Madrid's Principe Pio station. What a beautiful city! No wonder my new Spanish friends take the weekend to go home.Highlights include the aqueduct, built by the Romans 2,000 years ago, the cathedral, and the castle. It's a rather touristy town, so you'll find more than enough souvenir shops and the like. There's a tourist information office right by the aqueduct.My friends get tired of going out in Segovia, because, they say, it's alway...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 19, 2006

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Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina SofiaMonday-Saturday 10:00-9:00 pmSunday 10:00-2:30 pmClosed TuesdayAdmission: 6,00 euros (students 3,00)Free on Sunday and Saturday after 2:30The Reina Sofia rivals the Prado, as far as I'm concerned. Sure, when we think Madrid, we think Prado, but if you like art museums you won't want to miss the Reina Sofia, either.When I was there, they had a special Picasso exhibition on display. Since it carries with it an additional cost, I didn't go, but I wasn't disappointed -- the permanent collection includes several Picassos, anyway -- some of my favorites of his that I've seen. I really enjoyed it.Of course, you...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 22, 2006

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Santa Isabel 52
Madrid, Spain 28012
+34 (91) 7741000

Prado Museum/Museo del Prado

Attraction | "Museo del Prado"

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Museo del Prado
Tuesday-Sunday 9:00-8:00 pm (closed Monday)
Admission: 6,00 euros (students: 3,00)
Free on Sundays

The Prado is overwhelming, but you have to be brave and go--how can you visit Madrid and skip the Prado? Break it down into manageable chunks, take it room by room, and you'll be fine.

It's full of the greats, all of Spain's darlings. Don't miss Goya, Velazquez, or El Greco. Of course, you'll also want to see the works by my personal favorite, Rubens. I love that his paintings shows up in almost every museum I've visited. He's excellent.

If you go in the summer, expect to fight the crowd, but I promise you, it's worth it for this museum. Enjoy!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 22, 2006

Prado Museum/Museo del Prado
Calle Ruiz De Alarcón 23
Madrid, Spain 28014
+34 91 3302800