• Kerri Butler


Updated: Jun 2, 2018

It was so exciting to land on the European continent after a very easy overnight flight from Lima to Madrid! Once we found our flat in the city center, and climbed six slight of stairs with our bags (thank you Sworkit!) we had found our Spanish home for the week!

 Our first day out and about began with a stop at the Prado Museum. A little lost on our journey there, we came upon El Jardin Retiro and enjoyed the fall leaves. Once

we found the museum, we discovered floors of majestic artwork, housed in a stunning building. We purchased a two day pass, and returned to finish our trip a few days later. 

 One of our favorite parts of Madrid was walking around the city and enjoying the warm light that came through the sky line. The building are different shades of warm hues and the sky is very blue. I chose to paint one of these beautiful streets while we were in the city.

The Plaza de Armas in Madrid was especially busy, full of street performers and couples enjoying tapas. We stopped for a few pictures and bubbles on our way to the Royal Palace. 

On a recommendation from Jason McQueen, world traveler and friend of ours, we tried lunch at the oldest restaurant in the world. Suckling pig was on the menu at Restaurante Botin!

My favorite stop was in Madrid was a visit to the Royal Palace. The rooms were so exquisite and opulent, but the Chinoiserie room was amazing! It took 55 years to complete, included stucco reliefs and gold embroidered wallpaper. I could only sneak a couple of pictures, they are below!

We also enjoyed a nice stroll in the park on the way to Museo Thyssen Bornemisza. I especially loved seeing a James Singer Sargent painting in real life, how fortunate to be captured in that way!

 More and more and more strolling, we couldn't get enough of the sites in this city. Oh the architecture! The Botanic Gardens were perfect set with fall leaves.

Benjamin and I celebrated Halloween at a kitty and her ball of yarn. We settled on dinner at The Hard Rock Cafe. They were throwing an over the top Halloween party, and we fit right in with the crazy clowns under the big top!

Our last stop in Madrid was to a historic home owned by a Marquis called the Museo Carralbo. It must have been an amazing to have a ballroom inside of your home! The mansion is exquisitely preserved, and the amounts of chandeliers, armor and artwork was overwhelming. They hosted parties for over 1,000 guests at this home, my kind of people!

We will miss the rich colors of Madrid, it's warm and friendly people, and majestic promenades.

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