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Egyptian Temple of Debod in daylight

I got up early this morning and had some wonderful cafe con leche while I caught up on my journal and waited for my friends to get up.  I had to wake them finally at 10am.  They had worked hard at the convention, so they deserved some sleep -- but I can't sit still.  My grandmother always told me that people die in bed!  I only managed to get Scottie and Jessica up to go along on today's adventure.  Paul needed to sleep, so we left him at the hotel.

We were going to do a tour of the Palacio Real, but the line was out the door and around half the Palace, so we opted to move on to the Egyptian temple we had seen the day before.  The temple was a gift to the people of Spain from Egypt for help moving the artifacts out of the Lower Nubian Valley when the Aswan Dam was built.

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  This is the Debod Temple and was originally in the Valley.  Similar gifts were made to Italy (now in Torino) and the US (in New York where the Temple of Dendur now resides) for their help.  It is so amazing to imagine them packing these temples up stone by stone, shipping them to Spain, Italy and the US and rebuilding them.  What an awesome project that would have been to work on at the time!

We took the Metro (subway) over to the Prado Museum that afternoon.  I had to take a picture of one of the advertising murals in the Metro -- it was for the Madrid Futbol Team, and was of a man holding up a jersey that said "Wyoming" on it.  That's my home state, so had to have a picture of that!

When we got out at our station for the Prado, I had a flood of memories from my previous trip here, particularly when I saw the Neptune Fountain, the Ritz Hotel (where I stayed last trip) and the the walk up to the Prado.

Neptune Fountain
  We did a self-guided tour with hand held audio guides and got to see quite a bit.  It was great to see the great Spanish masters' paintings -- Goya, Velasquez and El Greco.  Saw a few of Rubin's "Rubinesque" women as well as Titian and Poussin this time that I had not seen on my last trip.  Scott was helping out one of his co-worker's daughters by taking a paper doll, "Flat Stanley", with him on the trip and taking pictures of him at various points of interest.  I have included a picture of Flat Stanley below taken at the Prado Museum.  I think he really enjoyed his trip.  :)

Scottie crashed early on us tonight, but Paul was ready to go when we got back, so he and Jessica and I returned to the Argentine Tapas Bar from last night (Caballo) for a repeat of the same empanadas and Quilme beer.  It was great fun eating and talking with the bartenders.

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Egyptian Temple of Debod in daylig…
Egyptian Temple of Debod in dayli…
Madrid Metro tube advertisement wi…
Madrid Metro tube advertisement w…
Neptune Fountain
Neptune Fountain
Palacio Real
Palacio Real
Isabel la Catolica on Palace Groun…
Isabel la Catolica on Palace Grou…
Scott and Jessica at Temple of Deb…
Scott and Jessica at Temple of De…
Flat Stanley at the Prado Museum
Flat Stanley at the Prado Museum
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