Camino de Santiago 2016

Every single one of us possesses the strength to attempt something he isn't sure he can accomplish. It can be running a mile, or a 10 k race, or 100 miles. It can be changing a career, losing 5 lbs., or telling someone you love her (or him).
-- Scott Jurek

Old age is the time to be dangerous. Dangerously fun loving, dangerously alive . . . This is the time to do every single thing we can possibly do with all the life we can bring to it. This is the time to live with an edge, with strength, with abandon. There is nothing for which to save our energy. Now it is simply time to spend time well.
-- Joan Chittister

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Sightseeing in Madrid

I started my first sightseeing day in Madrid with a walk in Parque del Buen Retiro which was established by the Spanish monarchy in the 1600's and given to the public in late 1800's. It is a labyrinth of paths. 
Near the center of the park is the Palacio de Cristal which was built to house botanicals but is now used for various exhibits. I got there before it opened but in time to catch some great sun. 

Then it was time to queue up for the Museo del Prado. No pictures allowed inside fortunately; it was crowded enough without lines of selfie photographers. 
After three hours of the crowded museum I went for another nature stroll in the Jardin Botanico. 29 acres and two huge greenhouses of trees, shrubs, flowers, edibles. I couldn't begin to see it all.  
Sunflowers loved the 95 degree heat. Me?  Not so much. 

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