Sunday, June 21, 2015

The arts in Madrid: from masterpieces by Goya, Velazquez and Picasso, to Agent 007: Bond, James Bond

We spent the day in Madrid, visiting Museo el Prado in the morning (the national painting gallery of Spain) and a James Bond exhibition in the afternoon. 

The Prado is an extradordinary place, one of the great museums of the world, containing masterpieces of Francisco de Goya, Diego VelázquezEl GrecoTitianPeter Paul Rubens and Hieronymus Bosch. Its works span 500 years, and highlight the huge contributions of Spanish artists. Just this museum was worth the trip to Spain. Many of the masterpieces can be seen at 

After a fine lunch, including several pitchers of Sangria, we were in the mood for something completely different, Diseñando 007: Cincuenta años de Estilo Bond, or Designing 007 - 50 years of Bond style, an exhibition which just happened to be in Madrid. It was quite the change, and celebrated 50 years of James Bond style and technology. 

Madrid is great, lots of energy and space and greenery, and heat. 

Jean Roy, one of my doctors, joined us today. I am fortunate to be with him, and if you have not already done so, please help our research efforts at

Tomorrow we take a train to southern Spain, and it's back on the bike, and back to shooting photos. 

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