I got back to the hotel around 3 or so, hooked up my camera and played my Simpsons Tapped Out long enough to get tasks done that needed doing. I am woefully behind though and will probably miss out on the final prize of 20 donuts. But I think probably the trip will be worth it. Which reminds me to tell Chris and January I watched two episodes of The Simpsons in Spanish at the BCN airport and that was sure a hoot! :)
Probably going on 6:00 or thereabouts, I had had enough of that and decided I would head for the Prado and see how long the line was. It was pretty insanely long as my pictures of not the whole line but up to where it turned a corner will attest. First one is from tail end of line to as far as the camera would show, the second is from about where first one stopped and up to the corner they have to go around.
So nixed the idea of visiting and decided to walk on and try and find that church, maybe looking in at the Prado on the way back and see if the line had tapered off leaving me at least enough time to go in (with a free ticket, get a map, etc.) So I walked and walked and just took pictures of anything pretty whether I knew why it was there or not (mostly not). Madrid would never be a favorite city for me but I have to say, it is filled with gorgeous buildings, plazas, fountains, statues, etc., but it is so full of pedestrians and so full of traffic that it’s kind of hard to enjoy it all. However the Prado Museum and my hotel are on the Paseo del Prado and part of that is insanely busy and life threatening but it’s divided and the other half goes closer to the Prado but still leaves room for pretty parks and walkways so that’s where I went to check out the line and that’s where I kept walking until it ran out. I'll just post them in a batch and if I know anything about one or two, say so.
Don't know anything about the next two - just pretty.
My final three pictures are the back of the Prado and since there was no way I could get the whole thing in one photo, I took three(!) to get it all. The back is pretty too with the red brick and white "trimmings". I am looking forward to visiting it tomorrow and I will not be waiting for the 6:00 pm free ticket time. Just pay my nicely reduced senior price of 7E and go in the morning.
So that's it for Thursday. I had dinner at the hotel restaurant and was disappointed that it wasn't as good as last night but one should probably not go to a restaurant twice in a row. I had started working on the pictures for this post and decided that for the first time (except when I was roasting in the heat of Paris) I would go to an American chain - Starbucks! Hiked up there, had a chocolate muffin and a cup of tea and finished the pictures and now am back finishing up the post. So I guess I'll say buenas noches to all!