Spain and France share a border and the ability to make a buttery croissant. Along with fresh squeezed orange juice and cafe con leche, my desayuno (breakfast) was complete and we were off to the Museo Nacional Centro des Artes, Reina Sofia. Wasn't I thrilled to see art from one of my favorite fellow Buckeyes - Roy Lichtenstein. Columbus friends will recognize this "Brushstroke " as its cousin, "Brushstrokes in Flight" is at the airport.
The showstealer was Pablo Picasso with the exhibit "Pity and Terror" which runs through September. Before this trip I read "Madrid in Winter," CJ Sansom's spy novel set in 1940, in which a character loses all family at the bombing of Guernica. And I learned a bit about the piece, yet the emotion in the studies before the final work, the work itself, and Picasso's Weeping Woman, stung my eyes and my heart. The work cannot be photographed and the power is absent, but here's a postcard from the museum gift shop.
The museum courtyard and fountain provided a quiet spot for Morning Prayer and a group picture( just not on my camera). The gardens near the Prado will host us for reflection and Evening Prayer.
Some Grace Pilgrims favor foods they know and we're quite pleased with giant Spanish hamburgers at lunch. Other pilgrims favored sandwiches mixta - jambon y queso(Ham and cheese) and cool gazpacho, and pitchers of agua. It is in the mid90s today. Siesta, then more exploration!