Today we navigated the Madrid metro system across several different lines in order to get to where we wanted to be. In this case the opera stop (oddly enough located right outside the Madrid opera house) which is just a couple of blocks from the Royal palace, home to King Philippe VI of Spain.
The line to get tickets was a bit long for the relatively early morning, but the 10 minutes went by aided by a local accordion player. He even did the chicken dance song, a worldwide hit and favorite.
Inside we decided that the palace was up to European monarch standards. Really, when you’ve seen a few of these they start to get repetitive since they generally all followed the French style from around the age of Napoleon. When you are judged by monarchs that have basically only one allowed taste since they all had to adopt Napoleon’s style, you start seeing the patterns. Drawing room, antichamber, bedroom where the monarch never actually slept, etc. Nice, even with the tour groups.
The one thing I noticed is that a large portion of the spanish population seems to be employed in the no photos yelling industry. Here, the Prado, the artillery museum, the armor and arms museum, all had many no photo yellers. That held me back most of the time, but I got a decent shot of the kings chapel.
We were off to see some impressionist paintings at another spot, but noticed that because it was Sunday they closed at 3pm. And is was 2:25 then. So we will hit it on the way back through Madrid in a week.
After the palace we popped into the cathedral of Madrid. It was a neat looking church, but we could get around much as they were having services….but heard the powerful towering organ music which was special.
The cathedral had a much more modern feel even with the large stonework, May be due to the modern art style stained glass windows.