Like most metros of the world, the historic city of Madrid has different things for different people. We stayed there for all of two days before we launched into Morocco followed by Andalusia. I have tried to capture most of what we did. It is a full itinerary for two days, especially if you do what we did – walked at leisure, rested frequently, visited favorite places more than once and soaked into the distinctly colonial atmosphere.
Francisco Padilla’s evocative “Capitulation of Granada” solemnly hangs in Capilla Real.
Notice, Boabdil, the setting emperor of Granada, on the left and on a black steed – both implying him to be the villain. On the right and astride a white horse, surprise! surprise! – not King Ferdinand, but Queen Isabella. Many scholars believe that she was both the brains and brawns behind Reconquista and Columbus’ voyage in search of new lands.