18-05-2013 - 20-05-2013
Over the next two days of sunny periods and sudden heavy rainstorms, that dried out quite quickly I managed to cycle around the centre of Madrid and visit the Museo Nacional de Prado and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, where there was a special Dali exhibition as well as the normal paintings such as Picasso’s Guernica. Other than the Bosch and Brueghel paintings at the Prado my favourite was Carlos de Haes La canal de Mancorbo en los Picos de Europa (1876).
Madrid was OK as cities go, however it did not seem anything special to me. Interesting(?) to note that most of Madrid is over 610m high – i.e. would count as a mountain in UK.
I then drove to Arenas de San Pedro in the Sierra de Gredos and after a couple of hours moved on to a rather basic campsite at Hoyos del Espino. I was the only person staying on the site and communication with the rather drunk man in the reception was limited.