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Oct 8, 2019 - Last days in Madrid

Oct 8 and 9 we spent our last days in Madrid visiting two of the "biggie" museums. The Placa (the older works like Goya and Velazquez ) and the Reine Sofa museum with the more modern and contemporary works (i.e. Picasso, Salvador Dali and more recent Spanish artists). In each of these museums, much like the Louvre, you could easily spend a week. We spent a day in each and still felt completely overwhelmed trying to take it all in. One should really take an art history course before coming.. This trip has been such an education. Each city...

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Oct 7, 2019 - Madrid

Madrid is a big, bustling city...in case I didnt mention that.I think the constant crowds are beginning to wear on us. Today we went to the Royal Palace which rivals the Palace of Versailles in it's opulence (minus the beautiful gardens). We waited for 1.5 hrs to buy tickets and strolled the palace for a couple hours. No photos were allowed except outside and at the grand entrance. Afterwards we found a great little Turkish cafe for lunch and then strolled Madrids equivalent of Fifth Avenue (called Gran Via). The street was built over 3...

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Oct 6, 2019 - Travel to Madrid

Off to Madrid today for the final leg of our trip. We took the high speed train from Cordoba. It took less time than our trip from the Algarve and is twice as far! Pleasant trip through the arid countryside. Arrived in the huge bustling city of Madrid and decided to walk the short distance to our apartment with our luggage. A few wrong turns, hills and a fight before we found our quaint little apartment where our kind host was patiently waiting for us. Once again we unpacked and then took off to explore the city, get our bearings and find...

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May 18, 2019 - mad for Madrid

18th May – Saturday We are up early so we can talk to Hayden and Honey-Rose before we leave, it is good to have a chat, even though we are still half asleep after another crappy night in uncomfortable beds. We are gone soon after 9am, and as we leave Cynthea spots a coffee machine hiding in the dark under the stairs! We walk to the train station, and as we arrive the train leaves. We probably could have gotten away with not buying tickets because the gates are open again. Tony stood close to one of them to get a better look at the...

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Apr 4, 2019 - Last Day in Madrid

Our last day in Madrid. After the last couple of days of freezing winds, we were prepared and left the apartment wearing 5 layers each since it was supposed to be one degree cooler than yesterday. We did one of Rick Steve's self guided walks and found some interesting things close to home--an historical bar dedicated to bull fighting and a nunnery bakery among others. The bakery is located in a nunnery down a side street. You push the buzzer and patiently wait until someone rings you in after you tell them you want dulces (cookies). Then it...

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Apr 3, 2019 - HOHO

April 3 - HopOn HopOff in Madrid Our original plans for the day were to do the HOHO bus in the morning, see the Changing of the Guards at the Palace at noon and then do the second route of the HOHO bus in the afternoon. As it was quite cool again, we took our time getting started. We started off with the Historico route which we were able to pick up right in front of our apartment building. It was slow moving as there is some major street construction going on about four blocks from us and it took about 15 minutes to go two blocks!...

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Apr 2, 2019 - Walking Madrid

Today we walked Madrid--over 23,000 steps which was 8.4 miles. We started at the Royal Palace. Our apartment is pretty centrally located and a lot of the sights are within walking distance. We got to the palace when it opened. There were more people in line with tickets than without but overall it was not too crowded and it didn't take us much time to get in. According to Rick Steve's this is the 3rd greatest palace in Europe. It was built by King Philip V who wanted to make it his own private Versailles to match his French upbringing. He...

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Apr 1, 2019 - Travels to Madrid

April 1 Travel to Madrid This morning we busily packed, cleaned out the refrigerator as we needed to be out of the apartment by 10:30. After several attempts to call a taxi (some did not speak English, I don’t speak Spanish and one call to some place other than Barcelona) I gave up and called Maria (agent for the apartment rental company). The taxi was right on time and delivered us to the train station for our 3 hour ride to Madrid. Hailing a taxi to our apartment for the next four nights we relaxed on the train. Another taxi ride from the...

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Dec 3, 2018 - Madrid is Magical Indeed

In addition to the Christmas Markets, our short return to Madrid enabled us to revisit the Reina Sophia gallery to use the pass we’d purchased and then didn’t need for “free” admission day. Then I learned there was a set of props from the Harry Potter book series placed about town. Of course, this determined the route of that day’s strolling. The first find enabled me to joke on FaceBook about taking “a quick side trip from Atocha train station to my old alma mater, where I learned everything I needed to know about gardening in botany...

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Dec 1, 2018 - Christmas Markets in Madrid

I was so excited to visit a European Christmas Market, after we left Cyprus, I planned a few days layover in Madrid before returning to Edmonton. First up, I dragged Duncan back to Plaza Mayor, the site a long-standing outdoor holiday market reported to have 100 booths or more. It was very disappointing, because with booth after booth of the same kinds of goods it appeared to me as if the entire place was set up by some importer of Made-In-China trinkets and trash. Several of the booths presented various styles of mass-produced wreaths,...

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Oct 20, 2018 - Madrid - end of an unbelievable experience

After a disasterous flight to Madrid, we awoke to our last day together in Madrid, now certainly one of my favourite cities in Europe. I’ve spent a fair amount of time in this fun city now, my third visit and really enjoy the history, the Spaniards, the food, it’s clean, attractive and oh so much to see and do here. I decided we should join another free walking tour for Lorna’s sake who has not been to Madrid before, and although the guide was a young and particularly weird Irishman, was not disappointed, his history knowledge was good,...

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Oct 3, 2018 - Geeking Out At A Bookstore (Again)

While not as beautiful as the gorgeous shop in Buenos Aires, the Desnivel bookstore in Madrid was awesome in its own right. Like time travelling back to another era, or perhaps into Harry Potter’s world. Even so, it was the merchandise that really made it special. Imagine a bookstore 100% dedicated to a single subject. Specifically, in this case one of my favourite subjects, mountains. From children’s books to art books, from tales of high adventures to technical manuals and route guides, topo maps and inspirational posters this place is a...

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