El Escorial | If only the guards weren’t looking!

By Limor Shiponi “Have you seen the library?” asked the guide. From my expression he continued “second floor up that staircase”. I was tired, dragging my feet up the stairs somewhat unwilling, mainly because of the heat. I reached a narrow wooden door and the view was blocked by a local guard ‘no photo!’. She moved back to her position …

El Escorial | It’s the pace

By Limor Shiponi Years ago I asked storyteller David Campbell what to his opinion marks a good storyteller. There are many answers to this question. He told me about a similar conversation he had and the conclusion was “it’s the pace. It’s the pace”. In conducting we say that if the conductor knows to choose the right pace (tempo), everything …

Leaving Madrid | The artist’s cauldron

By Limor Shiponi Our last stop in Madrid was Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia; an interesting modern building hosting modern art; the house for Picasso’s famous ‘Guernica’ which I find poorly placed indoors. I understand why it has to be safeguarded but I’d rather see it somewhere outside, somewhere it will be part of people’s everyday life like …

Madrid | Power over stormy waters

By Limor Shiponi While my group mates visited Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, I chose to visit Museo Naval de Madrid. I hoped to find something about piracy and was curious in general – naval and marine stuff tickle my imagination. Besides, the Spanish Armada appears in one of the stories I tell and now I had the chance to see what kind …

Toledo | Rio abajo rio – the river beneath the river

By Limor Shiponi We traveled out of Madrid to reach Toledo. The buss drove around the small town and stopped where a guide would usually stop a tourist’s bus – to capture a panoramic view of the ancient town. The minute I got off, tears started pouring out catching me by surprise. The scene is of great beauty and for …

Madrid | Choices of expression

By Limor Shiponi Museo del Prado can keep one busy for a week or more. The size and richness of its collections is amazing; each exhibit carries loads of artistic information and stories that can be told about it. Since we didn’t have all the time in the world we saw only masterpieces carefully selected by the school master. Who …

Madrid | thoughts about man-size

By Limor Shiponi Our first stop in Spain was Madrid: Museo del Prado, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza (which I skipped), Museo Naval de Madrid (which I visited on my own instead), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia and a lot of sight-seeing, looking at architecture and sensing life in general. This tour was about learning and the rest of the group …

Back from Spain with plenty of thoughts

By Limor Shiponi Magic happens, we all know that. I haven’t had a vacation for a very long time so refusing my partner’s offer to join him was out of the question. That’s how I found myself on a flight to Spain a week and a half ago together with 40 students and art masters from the Basis art school …