It’s nice to be in a place with actual, functioning public transportation.
When you ascend the Ventas Metro stop, this is what greets you:
Beautiful building, horrible “sport.” IMHO.
This statue celebrates a famed bullfighter – one side showing him triumphant, the other side, an angel weeping by the side of a bench holding his matador suit…the sign reads, “Died a matador, born an angel.”
We then hopped back on the metro, and this time when we ascended, we saw this:
I paid for the tour – three of us have zero interest in soccer, and the fourth has some, only because it’s a sport, and sports are his passion. I was willing to pay for this tour because I figured that while some of us can enter into a culture via its food, history or religion, others might enter more deeply into it via sports.
It was very high tech – impressive.
And the tour took you through the dressing rooms and down to the field as well..
Afterwards, down to the Reina Sofia Museum, where we saw Picasso’s Guernica – which we’d studied a bit before the trip – and other works. No photos, of course, but this is the view of the Atocha train station from the front of the museum.
And then to the huge El Corte Ingles store off the Gran Via, just to look..this is the view from the roof.
Starting to think about First Communion gifts?
And since it’s Friday….
John Paul II’s Biblical Way of the Cross, published by Ave Maria Press. This, again, is available as an actual book and in a digital version, in this case as an app. Go here for more information. (The illustrations are by Michael O’Brien)