Friday, November 11, 2016
The CaixaForum and Tapas on Calle de Jesús
Thursday, 10 November, 2016:
The Sun was out so we decided to take the Metro into Madrid and take a walk along the Spanish capital's museum neighborhood.
Great building near the
Atocha Train Station
We had never been inside
of this small museum until today
We traded taking couples
pictures with a British couple
The CaixaForum was hosting a temporary exhibit titled The Pillars of Europe - Middle Ages in the British Museum featuring Medieval art on loan from London's famed museum.
Floor Tile Art
Even then they didn't make
swords like they used to
Knight riding a Destrier horse
Destrier horses were famed in Medieval Times for their strength and dexterity in battle.
Such animals may have cost as much as a laborer would have earned in 40 YEARS in the 1200s. Needles to say, these horses were for the rich only.
Medieval Helmet akin to what
Osos Rivas Center Jack wears
A happy saint
More amazing carvings
The Last Judgement
How did they do this 800 years ago?
Careful, they will bite you
Goofy looking Royal Lion
More Medieval Carvings
Believed to be St. George
The CaixaForum was a good experience, glad we visited.
Next up was a pleasant walk up the scenic Paseo del Prado.
What is that beast on the right?
Velasquez in front of the
Monument to all Spaniards
who have died in defense of
Somewhere in Madrid, there are lots
of headless street lights
Died 400 years ago this year
The Neptune Fountain
This is the fountain where Atlético Madrid fans congregate in order to celebrate a big win for their boys in the red and white striped jerseys.
Laurie entering the Calle de Jesús
tapas bar area
This one looked good
Only 24 years old
This was an extremely young restaurant by Madrid standards which was worrisome. Still, it had great reviews in our three guidebooks, so we entered.
Besides, how could you not
trust her cooking?
Laurie wearing the restaurants
We should have picked one up for Mark Johnson.
All-you-can-eat Cocido Madrilene
It was the Specialty of the House, so we just had to go for it.
Café, flan and a digestive
That was one huge, delicious and hunger sating experience, WOW!
Though stuffed beyond belief, we decided to continue our visual only tapas crawl as suggested by our Rick Steves guidebook.
This place clearly tells you
what meats they serve
I like Spanish canned food art
Sea food tapas bar
Octopus serving Galician bar
Wait a second,
a Cuban Bar!
This merited a second look . . .
. . . and just one Cristal beer
This Calle de Jesús tapas crawl is great looking, full of delicious aromas and was also an area of Madrid that was new for us.
We'll be back!
Puerta de Alcalá
Horse Show in Madrid
the weekend before we leave
I better book tickets now for the sake of Laurie's sanity.
Meanwhile, from 9:15 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., it was back to Guadalajara for another evening with the Stings.
A HUGE turnout tonight for our
beloved 9-man football squad
Alejandro, one of our veteran Stings wide receivers commented that it was the biggest turnout that he could ever remember attending a workout of the purple and gold team.
Part conditioning and part teaching them to act like they've been their before, this drill is a good team builder as well.
Nose Guard vs. Center
Nine man football at its finest.
This coming Saturday will be a busy one.
American Football Clinic
from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The Osos coaching staff will be hosting the first of two Saturday morning clinics this weekend to help advance the knowledge of the game for the coaches and players of our feeder teams.
That would be the Osos Rivas Junior team, the Osos Alcobendas Senior B team, the Guadalajara Stings and the Royal Oaks Knights.
This should be a great day for our program.
Speaking of the Royal Oaks Knights . . .
They have a game on Saturday night
at home at 8:00 p.m. vs. the Wildcats
I wonder if Goldie Hawn is still coaching the Wildcats?