Madrid, Spain

The Royal Palace of Madrid

I have not been too many royal palaces in my time, but I have watched the full season of Reign, Versailles, and just about every Marie Antoinette they can conjure up. So, naturally, when I found out that Madrid was home to a royal palace, I knew I had to make my way there in time for afternoon tea.

The grand entrance to the palace was breathtaking, from the mountainous overlook to the cathedral placed across the square. The entrance to the palace was very royal. I could imagine rolling up in my carriage to see this magnificent palace all deck out and surrounded by luscious greenery.

My jaw literally dropped when I walked into the main corridor of the palace. Hold my pearls! The ceiling was a masterpiece by Corrado Giaquinto.  However, the thing that struck me the most was the Black Nubians that was placed in the paintings and artwork around the palace. When I studied art history, I often wondered where the painting of Moors and Nubians were. I found them all in Spain and I loved every minute!

Most of the palace was open for viewing but other parts were closed or required extra admission. You could see this wonderful place for free if you waited to view it during the times this free admission was offered. It would more than likely be super crowded.

I may have snuck a few videos of the magnificent interior ceilings to show everyone back home. But it seems that no one was quite as impressed, like me, not only at my fabulous stealth skills but at the sheer beauty of it all. The Spanish royalty were defiantly lovers of beautiful things.

By Kandice