Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Malaga and Monet

We headed south to Malaga this morning with the intention of visiting an exhibition of art at the Carmen Thyssen Museum.

In particular, Anne was interested in seeing paintings by her favourite artist Claude Monet amongst the art being displayed.

Arriving at just after ten, we parked the car in a nearby car park and walked through the pedestrianised area of Marques de Larios, heading for the Plaza de la Constitución, just beyond which was the museum.

Malaga is a very modern and cosmopolitan city, as reflected in the statues and shops along the street.

We stopped off at one of the many bars and restaurants for a couple of very expensive coffee's......no Olvera prices here!.

The pretty Plaza de la Constitución is at the end of the pedestrianised area.

Here, a classical picture of beauty to match any old master.

The museum was just around the corner from the Plaza

We paid our entrance fee of €4 each and were directed to the lift taking us to the third floor.
The young desk clerk did look at me however and asked if I was entitled to a concession for pensioners....I should have said yes.
Now, where's that Nivea skin lotion and cement!!.

Photos were not permitted except in the patio area near to the entrance.

Arriving on the third floor, we admired the paintings, trying to spot a Monet or three. In the end, after wandering around for a while, Anne asked one of the many assistants, who directed us to the only Monet in the exhibition, "The House among the Roses" pictured right.

Yes, there were other old masters exhibiting, including Picasso, Mattise and Miró but only ONE Monet.

Disappointed, more so for Anne, we left the building and with no plan B headed to the nearby Cathedral.

Heading back to the car we stopped for some burger comfort in Burger King, which was ideally situated near to the car park.
To cap it all, on exiting Malaga I took a wrong turn that eventually led, after visits to several trading estates and lots of right, left and u turns, to the airport complex and even then I went around it twice.

So after being asked if I qualified as a pensioner, disappointment for Anne at not seeing more Monet's and an unwanted drive around Malaga, a very frustrating end to a quite disappointing day.

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