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Day 30 in España – ¡Museo Reina Sofia and el Teatro Reina Victoria!

So…

Today was a very tourist-y day. Breakfast at the hotel was between 8:30-9:15am, but Josie, Jess and I woke up at 8am to take our showers since our tour of the Museo Nacional Arte de Reina Sofia was planned for 9:30am. Breakfast was really yummy: the hotel served fresh orange juice, mini-croissants covered in powdered sugar, mini napolitanas (croissants filled with chocolate), different kinds of bread near a toaster oven, different slices of cheese and cold cuts, and plenty of fresh fruit. I had several glasses of orange juice, a salami and cheese toasted sandwich, and several mini croissants and napolitanas, topped off with some fresh watermelon slices. 

breakfast pastries!

breakfast pastries!

fruit selection!

fruit selection!

cold cuts!

cold cuts!

breakfast plate 1

breakfast plate 1

We met in the lobby at 9:30 for our tour, and had a 15-20 minute walk to the Museum. During the walk we were able to see several gorgeous pieces of architecture such as the Royal Palace of Madrid and the Almudena Cathedral. We walked by a musical opera house, a ‘real’ cinema, a Chocolateria (which we were unfortunately not able to enter due to time constraints), and a Congress building.

"origen de las carreteras radiales"

“origen de las carreteras radiales”

La Mariblanca

La Mariblanca

a Chocolateria!

a Chocolateria!

the Musical Opera

the Musical Opera

Real Cinema

Real Cinema

the Plaza Isabel II

the Plaza Isabel II

CC 2013 in Madrid!

CC 2013 in Madrid!

the Royal Palace of Madrid

the Royal Palace of Madrid

Almudena Cathedral

Almudena Cathedral

Museo Catedral

Museo Catedral

Petrus

Petrus

el mensaje de Petrus

el mensaje de Petrus

Plaza de la Villa

Plaza de la Villa

el Congreso de los Diputados

el Congreso de los Diputados

again with the gravity-defying stunts!

again with the gravity-defying stunts!

By the time we neared the museum, we had probably seen at least three different signs advertising the different collections.

ancient civilizations collection

ancient civilizations collection

the beautiful garden on the wall

the beautiful garden on the wall

Dali's artwork

Dali’s artwork

finally at the entrance!

finally at the entrance!

Before entering the museum we stopped by the nearby Starbucks for a bathroom and coffee break, and I had a yummy chocolate cream frappucino to go with my chocolate Starbucks coin. Upon entering the museum we waited for Rosanna to get our tickets. Because it is an art museum, we rented a locker to leave our bags and cameras in. We saw works by Dali, Picasso, and various other painters, along with black-and-white and colored films of the painters.

grande Chocolate Cream frappucino!

grande Chocolate Cream frappucino!

milk chocolate gold coin!

milk chocolate gold coin!

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte - Reina Sofia

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte – Reina Sofia

the main attraction - Dalí

the main attraction – Dalí

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collections of the Museo de Reina Sofia

artwork at the entrance of the museum

artwork at the entrance of the museum

After the tour we had the option of staying behind to explore the other floors, go around to explore the city, or head back to the hotel. A group of us went to the train station nearby for lunch, and tested a waiter´s patience because someone kept popping up to join our original group of 6 (which ended up being a group of 9). I had a yummy meal of lasagna, coca-cola and fruit salad, all for 12 euros.

the train station

the train station

on our way to lunch!

on our way to lunch!

Passion Food

Passion Food

tuna and fries pizza...really?

tuna and fries pizza…really?

my order: the Pasta Combo of pasta + drink + dessert!

my order: the Pasta Combo of pasta + drink + dessert!

breakfast pizza w/ egg

breakfast pizza w/ egg

my lasagna (unbroken)

my lasagna (unbroken)

someone's bacon cheeseburger w/ egg

someone’s bacon cheeseburger w/ egg

jamon serrano pizza

jamon serrano pizza

a salad among us meat eaters...

a salad among us meat eaters…

dessert choice 1: chocolate mousse

dessert choice 1: chocolate mousse

dessert choice 2: fruit salad

dessert choice 2: fruit salad

After lunch we headed back to the hotel for some siesta time. On the way back we saw a store called “Yuck”…I’m not sure if they were going for reverse-psychology advertising, or if it was just a bad name choice. We also found the sweeping man statue, and couldn’t resist taking a few pictures!

Yuck, indeed!

Yuck, indeed!

cleaning service, anyone?

cleaning service, anyone?

In the afternoon Jenna and I went around a bit and checked out the nearby El Corte Ingles for some good bargains, and headed back to the hotel to get ready for the play. When we felt that our outfits were satisfactory, we treated ourselves to Starbucks via the ‘free drink’ coupon we had received yesterday! The cashier misspelled our names, so for the rest of the day we called each other “Ady” and Janeth”.

10% off sales!

10% off sales!

too expensive, but so pretty AND comfy!

too expensive, but so pretty AND comfy!

Starbucks coupon = happiness!

Starbucks coupon = happiness!

Ady and Janeth

Ady and Janeth

We had plans to watch the on-stage performance of Ay Carmela and Kathy wanted all of us to dress our best. I wore the yellow dress I had purchased online from Forever 21, and new sandals I had gotten at El Corte Ingles for half-price.

new navy sandals!

new navy sandals!

L-R: Michael, Andie, and Mike

L-R: Michael, Andie, and Mike

We arrived at the theater promptly and lined up with our tickets. I had an aisle seat near the back of the theater – with a perfect view of the stage. The play was amazing, and the singers were on-key and harmonized beautifully. We weren´t allowed to take pictures, but I managed to get a quick snapshot of the cast during the final curtain call.

Ay, Carmela

Ay, Carmela

row 12, seat 2

row 12, seat 2

balcony seats

balcony seats

the play is about to start!

the play is about to start!

live band!

live band!

the play program!

the play program!

sneak pic of the cast at final curtain call

sneak pic of the cast at final curtain call

After the play (which ended near midnight) we headed back to the hotel. A group of people went to check out the clubs in Madrid, and although I wanted to join them, Kathy said my continuing headache was a sign of dehydration, so she told me to take a couple of Advil and get some rest. I´m really excited for our trip to the Museo del Prado tomorrow – you can never get enough art!

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