Plaza Cibeles. Note the banner "Refugees Welcome."
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The trip began with a visit to the Teatro Real in Madrid to see Alberto Ginastera's 1967 opera Bomarzo. My review of the performance is published at Peninsula Reviews.
Entrance to Sorolla house and museum in Madrid
I also wanted to visit the former home (and now museum) of the painter Joaquín Sorolla (1863-1923). His paintings of the sea and beach scenes are superb.
The artist's studio
After four wonderful days in Madrid I boarded a bus for the five-hour trip north to San Sebastián, in the Basque Country. My dear friend María met me there and we traveled the 30 minutes by train to her town of Zarautz.
View of Zarautz, population about 23,000
Beach at Zarautz, looking toward Getaria
San Francisco Church, Zarautz
Waterfront at Biarritz, France
María and I visited with her friend Michele in nearby Biarritz, who hosted us for the night in her beautiful and artsy home near the sea.
María and Michele