Subject: Madrid
David - You can buy a pass that covers the 3 major museums - go to either the Thyssen or the Renia Sofia first and buy the pass there - then you can avoid waiting in a long line at the Prado. All 3 museums are within easy walking distance of the Villa Real, which is a great hotel. The rooms are especially comfortable and have a separate sitting area down a few steps from the main bedroom part of the room. Ask for a room overlooking the Plaza de Cortes. A taxi from the airport is reasonable - it's not a very long drive - maybe 20 minutes in light traffic.

Leslie Chicago