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"The Night is still Young"

sunny 29 °C
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The Lufthansa flight which we managerd to catch at the last minute, landed at Madrid - well past what we in India call as decent hours. It was 11.55 pm when the flight landed. The airport was not exactly bubbling, and I was wondering if what I had heard of Madrid / Spain and its Usual late hours and night life was true.
That was strange, because as we entered the old part of the city The Latinas, we found the streets quite lively and loud. And as we atarted to look for the exact location of our Hostel - there were far too many helping hands than necessary. But then that is how the Spaniards are !!
It was well past 2 am when we were cosily settled in our room. There were still a lot of people - including the usual mix of Bangladeshi & Pakisthanis. And I must admit that I quite liked the lirics of the old bengali hit -She-din tomay... dekhe chilem bhoor balay..... only a Bengali could be singing it so non-chalantly at well past midnight.
The day was warm and dry. The continuous walking today has perhaps balanced the long drives at Frankfurt/Idstein.
The Walk around the historical parts of the city was extraordinary. The Palacio Real, the Cathedral and one of the 3 great museums - Reina Sofia was where we spent most of our time today.
Seen "Guernica" live. The Reina Sofia museum of modern art has been the highlight of the day. Original Picasso, Dali, Miro, Tapies ...
But Guernica is what it is. Pure adrenalin with all its power & punch. For the Spanish to conceptualise such a living museum of Modern Art is simply out of the world. And the Guernica has been made more significant since there were a seriese of over 10 photographs showing the whole mural at different stages of its development / evolution. It really convinces me of several arguements on the significance of various symbols / geometric shapes used in the work. This is for the first time that I saw a seriese of pictures catching a Major work at various stages of its development. More so because this series of photographs is by itself a treasure of the Reina Sofia.
Tomorrow we should be doing the Prado and the Thyssen and then go on to the Bull Ring at Las Ventas.

Posted by Arunava 15:59 Archived in Spain Tagged madrid real reinasofia walkingtour

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