When my husband and I decided to visit Spain last May, we each had our wish lists: I wanted to spend as much time as possible in Madrid, while he hoped to linger in Barcelona. But we had only one week.
My husband argued that seeing all of Antoni Gaudí’s architectural spectacles in Barcelona alone would take the full week. But I had my own plans in Madrid, to see several good friends and take in the big-three museums: the Prado (with the final phase of its $202 million expansion now complete), the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (Picasso’s Guernica’s permanent home), and the Thyssen-Bornemisza’s wide-ranging collection—as well as the newly opened CaixaForum Madrid, featuring a hanging garden, rotating art exhibitions, and live performances.
Thanks to the recent high-speed rail connecting Barcelona and Madrid, we both got our wishes. Inaugurated earlier this year