Father-Son Outing to Madrid

Father-Son Outing to Madrid

Madrid, Spain – April 2, 2011

Today, Tyler and I went to central Madrid to the Naval Museum.

We started our journey by walking to the small shopping center near our house.  The walk is only about 700 meters (0.4 miles).  That was our selected starting point because I needed to get some money from the ATM for our adventure.  When we left the shopping center, we walked to the Metro Ligero (light rail) station at Somosaguas Centro.

I stopped to take a photo of the stop from the pedestrian bridge.  As a result, we missed the first train.  We had to wait for nearly 20-minutes for the next train.  They just do not run as frequently on the weekends!

Somosaguas Centro lightrail stop.
Waiting for the next train…

We rode to the Colonia Jardín station and switched to the Metro Blue line.  From there we rode to Príncipe Pío where we switched to the Metro Opera line.  Once at the Opera station, we switched to the Red line and rode to the Banco de España stop.  When we came above ground, we walked a block or so to the Naval Museum.

Coming up out of the Banco de España Metro station.
The Palacio de Comunicaciones on a cloudy day.

The museum was much larger than I anticipated.  Tyler seemed to enjoy it too.  We both took a lot of photos.  It was a free museum; however, they did ask for a 3€ (US$3.66) donation per person.  We did pay that fee.

A shield in the Naval Museum.
A uniquely shaped painting in the Naval Museum.
A father and son looking intently at a model on display in the Naval Museum.
Apparently in timeout…
Some very old weapons on display.
A recreated room in the museum.
There are many cases containing stunning models of ships.
The Latin reads, “Remember you rule the waves Spain.”
Some of the many items on display.
A United States flag captured during the Spanish American War.
Some very old torpedos.
Some of the carved figureheads on display.
Detail of a female figurehead.
Stained glass at the ceiling of the museum.
Detail of a male figurehead.
Several figureheads hanging on the wall.
Two older portraits (1991) of the King and Queen of Spain.  The flag is the royal standard of King Juan Carlos.
Detail of one of the many models.
Tyler standing by a display.
A recreation of a portion of a captain’s stateroom.
Detail of a compass.
This painting marks the opening of the military naval school in January 1845.

After we left the museum, we just sort of walked aimlessly around the area.  We ended up sitting on a bench in the median of the street, Paseo del Prado, listening to a man playing guitar.  He was so good that we ended up buying two CDs from him.

A building across the street from the Naval Museum.
Detail of the memorial to fallen soldiers.
The obelisk honoring those soldiers killed in an 1808 rebellion against the French.
Activity in the parkway of the Paseo del Prado.
Graffiti on a temporary construction fence.
People walking along the parkway.
Tyler purchasing a CD from a guitar player on the parkway.
The guitarist played while another customer approached.

When we left him, we walked around Plaza Cibeles. With us were hundreds of our “friends” walking around too.  We came across a small band playing on the street corner.  We dropped a few Euros in their donation box.

The Neptune Fountain.
Paintings for sale.
A ten-piece street band.
Some “terracotta” street performers.
Another view of the street band.
The Spanish Congress building.
People taking photographs in front of the Spanish Congress building.
A rental car zipping by!
A busy intersection.
A Hop-On-Hop-Off bus driving through the intersection.

From there we tried to find a sidewalk cafe where we could have lunch.  We could not find anything we liked so we continued to walk to the west.  We finally found a small sidewalk cafe that suited us.  On the main street, a menu del dia ran 15.50€ (US$18.91) per person.  We took a side street about a half-block off the main street.  Our lunch was 18.00€ (US$21.96) for both of us.  While we sat at our sidewalk café, a passing van on the small side street got a little close to Tyler as it drove by.

A little close for comfort!

After lunch, we made our way back to the Metro system, stopping at Príncipe Pío station.  There is a shopping mall and food court there.  It was surprisingly busy while we were there.  That is no doubt because it is not only a major stop for the Metro system but also a starting and ending point for Renfe trains.

Draggin’ bags.
A newsstand.
Pedestrians walking along the street.
Some unique building decorations.
We saw this moped rider near Gran Via.
Detail of a church on Gran Via.
A landmark building on Gran Via.
The Metro Green Line coming into Príncipe Pío station.
The Renfe train platform at the Príncipe Pío station.
A train arriving at the station.
A store under the main level of the Príncipe Pío station.
The main level of the Príncipe Pío station.
Departing the Colonia Jardín Metro station on our way home.

Once we got to the Blue line we ended up at the front of the train.  Tyler discovered he could see through the door, out the front of the train.  He decided he was going to take a picture.  He did not know his flash was on.  When he took the photo, the operator snapped his head around very quickly.  Tyler thought he was going to get in big trouble so he tried to hide behind me in the corner.  It was quite humorous, especially because some security guards happened to be standing right where we got off the train.  He thought he had been “caught”!

The rest of our short journey home was uneventful.

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