Museums in Madrid, Reina Sofia, Prado and Atocha metro station
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April 7th, 2010 – by: portia
Then we took the metro to Atocha station which was the location of the terrorist bombing in 2004. There was a memorial for the event with a light filled glass tower extending from under ground to above street. From below, we looked into the light, and could see numerous (191 were killed) messages of condolences on the walls of the tower. We also walked around the metro and the train stations at Atocha, it is a huge place, with a covered tropical garden!
Afterwards, we went to the Reina Sofia museum which is right across the street from the Atocha station. This is a modern art museum with Picasso's Guernica as its most famous occupant.
Our next stop is the Prado Museum, it was a large museum with a LOT of great paintings, no photos were allowed. It is a must-see if you go to Madrid, that's all! You can spend all day here (we spent 4 hours there!). I got a small booklet of Visitor's Guide, and sort of did a treasure hunt with the maps to see as many as possible from the guide book.
For dinner of our last night in Spain, we went to the El Caldero, a restaurant famous for its paella, and we were not disappointed. They also had house made sangria, to cap off a wonderful vacation in Spain.
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