Madrid Recommendations

November 17th, 2007
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My world traveling friend, Eli is heading to Madrid soon and I offered the few recommendations based on what I remember from my trip there with my sister back in New Year’s ’03. I can’t believe it was really 5 years ago.

Here’s the list I sent, slightly extrapolated:

Restaurante La Paella Real (Calle de Arrieta 2) is apparently the only place to go for paella in Madrid.

Lhardy (Carrera de San Jeronimo 8) has been around since 1839 and has a gorgeous old decor to it. From whatI recall, it’s just down the street from Puerta del Sol.

Restaurante Sobrino de Botin (Calle de Cuchilleros 17) has been in business since 1725, making it one of the oldest restaurants in Europe, if not the world. Even though it’s listed in every guidebook, it wasn’t particularly touristy. They’re signature dish is the suckling pig. It’s a block or two away from Plaza Mayor.

Sights:
The Prado houses the work of Spain’s most famous historical artists. I believe it only has works through the 19th Century. This where you’ll find a lot of Goya’s work, including “Saturn devouring his son.” It also has one of my favorite paintings, Velasquez’ “Las Meninas.” First of all, it’s huge, wikipedia says it’s about 10 feet tall and 9 feet across. And the piece itself has a lot going on, with 8 characters, including the painter – twice. Picasso did over 20 studies of this painting, apparently he always aspired to be like Velazquez.
The Museo Reina Sofia is where you’ll find Guernica, which really you just have to see. It’s intense.

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