A look at the Balenciaga Retrospective at the Thyssen Museum in Marid

A look at the Balenciaga Retrospective at the Thyssen Museum in Marid

The Thyssen Museum in Madrid is presenting a private collection of one of Spains (and the worlds) most admired and influential fashion designers, Cristóbal Balenciaga. Each dress is paired along with the tradition of 16th- to 20th-century Spanish painting. My sister and her husband are currently traveling in Spain and had a unique opportunity to visit the exhibition alongside Sonsoles Diez de Rivera, a family friend and muse of Balenciaga himself. 

Sonsoles is a woman who started wearing Haute Couture at the age of seven and whose communion costume was personally made for her by Balenciaga This is a woman who knows what elegance is. Here she is on the left with her mother and sister. 

Sonsoles’ Wedding Dress by Balenciaga

Sonsoles and Balenciaga with her dress.

Can’t make it to Madrid? No problem! The Thyssen Museum offers a virtual tour on their website.  

24 Hours in Madrid: A Visual Tour Through the Eyes of an Almost Local

24 Hours in Madrid: A Visual Tour Through the Eyes of an Almost Local

I am fortunate to be able to come to a Madrid several times a year. The hotel we usually stay in is closed for a year-long remodel but we found this little one nearby.


During my extended stays in Madrid, I have made great friends, found wonderful restaurants and shopped beautiful boutiques. There is something about the culture here that brings back the comfort of traditions and manners that make me feel at home.

Home Away From Home: Hotel Palacio del Retiro

Hoping one of these fats will replace a hotel one day…

Street scenes: Madrid graffiti style

Blinded by style. Dior Sunglasses
It looks like the Fanny Pack AKA belt bag is back everywhere

Fashion in the stores

Create your own fashion. No not the shoes. The bespoke dress.

Or you can create your own fashion. ( no not those white shoes of course). The bespoke dress I’m having made with these fabrics. 

Eating well is a tradition and extended meals with friends is expected. Here are two of my favorites.

Horcher a few blocks from our hotel established in 1904 and still going strong. One of my favorites.

El Lago de Sanabria Restaurant in the Salamanca district.  There is great shopping as well as dining in this neighborhood!

Lunch at Restaurante Viridiana   No dinner needed

Churros and chocolate at the hotel or just….

Stay in your room and plan your next day

Leave your hotel for a morning walk  you can easily visit the parks and  Puerta de Alcala  Walking the streets makes all that fine dining worth it

Iconic Puerta de Alcala

Parque del Retiro

Beautiful buildings are everywhere!

Room with a view

Take time for yourself and don’t forget to send postcards. They are quite unexpected nowadays. I hope you have enjoyed this mini tour. I loved sharing it with you! Ciao, June