Friday, May 23, 2008
Walking the Prado and very expensive bicycles
Today was a great time to walk, see more of wonderful Madrid, and invest time in two most important initiatives: The furtherance of my knowledge of art (which is at ground zero) and snooping around some Spanish bicycle shops (something I know way too much about).
The Prado is one of the most famous museums in the world. I spent time in the Goya exhibit...seems that old Goya was asked to observe some elements of battle between the Spanish and the French, and instead of generating propaganda for the Spanish, he created images that depicted the atrocities of war.
Also featured here is a painting that is deemed to be the second most valued piece of artwork of all time...I can't remember the first, but this piece is by Diego Velazquez, and was a depiction of the family of Philip IV. What's interesting is that it is a "snapshot" and not a posed portrait, where the king and queen are seen as reflections in the mirror in the background.
The bike store, Kalmera, had a ton of inventory...and bikes are through the roof on pricing. A nice road bike with Shimano Ultegra components would set you back about 2500 Euros, or around $3700 U.S. dollars. We wanted to buy some shop apparel, but for the second time, we couldn't find anything interesting.
Went back to my favorite vegetarian restaurant on the way home - Maos - and had them put the green sauce on my falalfel pita...youza, that's soe hot stuff.
at May 23, 2008