Travels through Western Europe travel blog

One of the very busy streets - Paseo Prado

Old police headquarters

Detail on old headquarters

Cathedral de la Almudena

Royal Palace

Bits of an Egyptian Temple - 200 BC

Monument to the Spanish Civil War

Columbus

At the US Embasy

Rio Madrid stadium

On the bus

I met a bear!

Games of Thrones

Street sign

Restaurant window - pig legs

Side street

Water fountain

Sangria and strawberry dacaquri

The Spanish people have a path that leads to a star

The path and star


Alice wanted to sleep in today so we didn’t get up until a bit after 9:00. Got dressed and went to a small café for tea and a bun. Then we went to a news stand and bought “Hop On Hop Off” tickets for the bus that drives all over the city with a recorded tour. You get to see a lot but most of the commentary is about architecture.

In any event we travelled all over town. Quite a complex city and a great variety of styles of buildings. Most was fairly modern as a lot was destroyed in the war. Monuments to many people – and even streets and alleys were named after people. I liked the idea that every street had a name and a picture associated with it.

We toured the old town area and then took another line through the new (very recent) town. We passed the Rio Madrid stadium and museum (every player every associated with the team has a history in the museum) and the American Embassy – with one lone protester carrying a sign.

We hopped off at the central square to have some lunch and walk around a bit. Nice little place where Alice had some crappy nachos and I had cheesecake and beer! There were a number of street performers – violin, statue people, and a cute panda bear that I couldn’t resist! Alice wasn’t going to get close to the thing.

Anyway, back on the bus and back to the hotel for a break. It was rather warm out (mid nineties in the shade) so we rested a bit. I couldn’t sit still so headed back out for another walk around – nothing remarkable except a knitted water fountain and some rather graphic displays of meat to entice customers into the restaurants – like pig legs… Also came across a nice sculpture titled “The Spanish people have a path that leads to s star.”

Back and got Alice then we headed off to have some dinner. Got “pizza” (bread with stuff on it and cooked) at a corner place and it wasn’t great. So we stopped for ice cream (me) and a slushy (Alice) before making our way back to the hotel.

I sat down at the desk and did my school work and Alice watched Netflix before fading off to sleep. It was an exhausting day. A very nice city. Tomorrow morning we head off to Lisbon for a couple days as the conclusion to our trip.



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