Our next stop was Madrid. This is where we would have a pre-departure lunch with the others who had volunteered with DIVERBO to teach conversational English to Spanish executives for the next 8 days. But more about that in my next post.
I wanted time in Madrid for two very special reasons – to catch up with members of the Madrid chapter of Open Door and to be able to attend a very special exhibition at the Thyssen-Boremissza Museum – Balenciaga and Spanish Painting.
After settling into our quite funky hotel – the NYX – Madrid which had a very large and slightly deranged looking rabbit outside the front door….
…we met the President and the Event Chair of Madrid’s International Women’s Club for a delightful dinner. It was fun to catch up as I had spent time with this group the last time I was in Madrid.
I had booked an early morning entry into the museum. This wonderful exhibition shows how one of the world’s most influential and admired fashion designers was influenced throughout his career by the works of some of Spain’s most famous painters – El Greco, Carreño de Miranda, Goya, and others. Collected from museums around-the-world are the works of art that influenced the garments, many of which have never before been shown in public. . It was an amazing juxtaposition of fashion and art.
After viewing the Balenciaga exhibition, we took time to wander through some of the Thyssen-Bornemisza’s collection of world-famous art. From very ancient to modern-day masters, this small museum, which is part of the Prado, is wonderful place to spend a morning in Madrid.
It was soon time to meet with our fellow volunteers for a typical Spanish lunch (which is served at 2:00 p.m.) and enjoy a display of flamenco dancing. The next morning we are off to La Alberca and 8 days of talking 15-hours+ each day.
To be continued…..