On Thursday, we took a tour of the Palacio Real de Madrid (the Royal Palace of Madrid). The 2000-room palace was built in 1738 by Philip V and is still used by the royal family today for occasional ceremonious functions. The tour was restricted to a fraction of the complex, including the throne room, dining room and the bedroom where King Charles III died. The best part, though, was the connecting armory where we saw the shield of Boabdil, the Moorish sultan who surrendered his throne to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabela in the late 1400s. The palace itself, though, was fairly lackluster. Sure, it was grand and decorated over-the-top with sparkly chandeliers, tapestries inspired by Raphael and plush antique furniture, but,it all felt a little obvious and uninspired. Even though all of our guidebooks call it a "must-see," we feel like it's skippable. The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C. is more impressive.
And while Guernica is the most famous, there are tons of iconic images throughout the museum, including an impressive collection of works by art icons like Joan Miró and Salvador Dalí. We exhausted ourselves taking in every straight line, distorted cube and surrealist landscape, but it was worth every second — definitely one of the highlights of our entire trip.
I really appreciate you taking the time to share this experience with me. Chronicling my adventures is one of my truest pleasures, and I hope by reading them it will inspire you to get out and have some of your own. Have a muy bueno night and, once again, thanks for being a part of this with me.