Royal treats galore for Obama family

IT was the perfect, cultural, Spanish tour for overseas’ visitors: a day in the Prado Museum, a day in the Reina Sofia, viewing Picasso’s famous Guernica and Velazquez’ Las Meninas… and then a night watching flamenco.

Add in meetings with Penelope Cruz, the country’s most famous actress, together with film director Pedro Almodovar, not to mention Spain’s King Felipe and his new Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, and it proved the ideal scenario for former US President Barack Obama.

The itinerary was all part of a planned, two-week sojourn, taken by Obama and his family this month.

Obama was joined by wife Michelle and daughters Malia, 20, and Sacha, 17, for much of the tour, which also included a

climate-change conference in Portugal, and a leadership event in Madrid.

His Spanish-speaking daughters have taken a number of trips to Spain in recent years, including holidays in Mallorca, as well as Marbella and Ronda.

This time, they saw a lot of the capital, after attending the Girona wedding of tech tycoon Elon Musk’s brother.

In particular, they had a private tour of the Reina Sofia museum, conducted by King Felipe, where they took in various Picasso and Dali paintings, before spending a couple of hours the next day at the Prado, in Madrid.

The following night, they headed to El Pardo, a village near the capital, where they watched flamenco star Pitingo, alongside Spanish icons Penelope Cruz and Pedro Almodovar.
Oscar-winner Cruz shared a snap of herself with Michelle and Pedro on Instagram, saying: “What a pleasure and honour it has been for Pedro and I to meet the most inspiring couple.”

Also in attendance was close friend James Costos, the former US ambassador to Spain, with whom they later travelled to Mallorca for a few days of relaxation.


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