Museums in Madrid, Reina Sofia, Prado and Atocha metro station

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churros con chocolate for breakfast!
We had breakfast of churros at a nearby restaurant called Chocolateria San Gines, yummy! I ate a lot, and probably shouldn't have! But it was very delicious.
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.
churros con chocolate for breakfast!
This is a huge painting, combining history into art depicting the horror of war at Guernica in northern Spain, when Hitler's air force bombed the town in 1937. There are also famous Salvador Dali paintings and sculptures there. They are very interesting to see, and I won't describe them here ;)
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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churros con chocolate for breakfas…
churros con chocolate for breakfa…
churros con chocolate for breakfas…
churros con chocolate for breakfa…
where we had our churros!
where we had our churros!
Puerta del Sol, a lively plaza in …
Puerta del Sol, a lively plaza in…
mounted police in Puerta del Sol
mounted police in Puerta del Sol
Puerta del Sol
Puerta del Sol
Puerta del Sol
Puerta del Sol
Puerta del Sol
Puerta del Sol
Puerta del Sol, a statue  which is…
Puerta del Sol, a statue which i…
subway
subway
the memorial of terrorist bomb vic…
the memorial of terrorist bomb vi…
the memorial of terrorist bomb vic…
the memorial of terrorist bomb vi…
the memorial of terrorist bomb vic…
the memorial of terrorist bomb vi…
the memorial of terrorist bomb vic…
the memorial of terrorist bomb vi…
Atocha train station
Atocha train station
Atocha train station
Atocha train station
Atocha train station
Atocha train station
Atocha train station
Atocha train station
Atocha train station
Atocha train station
exterior of the memorial
exterior of the memorial
Atocha train station
Atocha train station
Centro de Arte Reina Sofia museum …
Centro de Arte Reina Sofia museum…
Centro de Arte Reina Sofia museum …
Centro de Arte Reina Sofia museum…
artist who did the painting in the…
artist who did the painting in th…
A world painting by Angeles Sant…
"A world" painting by Angeles San…
standing man statue Great Prophet
standing man statue "Great Prophet"
view into the the room holding Gue…
view into the the room holding Gu…
The Great Prophet
The "Great Prophet"
Artist who did the sculpture of G…
Artist who did the sculpture of "…
The Great Prophet
The "Great Prophet"
Guernica by Picasso
Guernica by Picasso
Salvador Dali painting
Salvador Dali painting
statue of upside down elephant on …
statue of upside down elephant on…
exterior of the Prado Museum
exterior of the Prado Museum
a statue of the artist Velazquez i…
a statue of the artist Velazquez …
church San Jeronimos next to the P…
church San Jeronimos next to the …
church San Jeronimos next to the P…
church San Jeronimos next to the …
a lobby inside the Prado as we exi…
a lobby inside the Prado as we ex…
street
street
grilled vegetables at adinner
grilled vegetables at adinner
paella with seafood on top, very d…
paella with seafood on top, very …
Sangria house-made
Sangria house-made
The El Caldero restaurant in Mad…
The "El Caldero" restaurant in Ma…
Plaza Santa Ana at night
Plaza Santa Ana at night
Plaza Santa Ana at night
Plaza Santa Ana at night
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