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Oct 12, 2015 - Spain's National Day parade

Today was Spain's National Day, a public holiday with a big military parade held in Madrid. It is a colourful pagaent with many different contingents including the Spanish Foreign Legion which had a goat for a mascot. They have a funny fast march and are very popular with the crowds. There were horsemen with uniforms from the Napoleanic times and representations from the navy, paratroopers, army, military police and air force. King Filipe VI headed the motorcade with his family waving to the people lining the streets. It was quite impressive.

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Oct 11, 2015 - Madrid and back home

Madrid and back home 10/11/2015 Our Lisbon to Madrid tickets on TAP (Portugal Airlines) were amazingly only $38 per person. However, when we checked in, the seating assignment said, “Stand-by!” The flight was not full and we did get seats. It’s only an hour from Lisbon to Madrid but the luggage took at least 45 minutes to come to us on a dinky belt. Of course, ours was last. It was still light (Spain is 1 hour later than Portugal) as our taxi brought us to our very modern Hotel URBAN. The restaurant was booked for that Saturday night, but...

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Oct 11, 2015 - Madrid - our apartment

Our Madrid apartment is in a central location right next door to Museum Sopia and a short walk to Prado Museum and Retiro Park. The Metro is right outside the building and the main Madrid train station is across the street. Yesterday we experienced the AVE (Spain's fast speed train) when we travelled to Toledo the previous capital of Spain. Toledo is 70km south of Madrid and the trip took 30 minutes. The service is very efficient with pre-booked seating and it was a pleasant way to travel. The apartment is well equipped with a full kitchen...

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Sep 20, 2015 - Traveling to Spain

We are off on another adventure. Our plane left Rochester at noon on Sunday, Sept. 20 and we had a many hour layover in Atlanta. The transatlantic flight left Atlanta slightly delayed, but we arrived early on Monday, Sept. 21. There is a 6 hour time difference between Eastern US time and Madrid. Our next leg of the trip was by high speed (150mph+) train from Madrid to Cordoba which is south of Madrid. We traveled in luxury and were served a fine lunch. At last we came to our hotel via taxi. So we did the "Planes. Trains, and Automobiles"...

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Sep 11, 2015 - Last night in Madrid

We returned to Madrid from Toledo for dinner. We went to the same restaurant where we had so enjoyed our lunch on the day before, Café Varela at Hotel Precedes. The staff was just as nice and could be and the dinner was wonderful. Tomorrow......... Seville (Seville)

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Sep 9, 2015 - Dinner with a high school friend

Right before we left Tom reached out to Bill Latch an old high school acquaintance that lives close to Madrid and let him know we were coming to Spain. Bill was very happy to know this and said we should try to connect. As we got closer to visiting Madrid Bill made reservations at a restaurant locals love. Side note: We had the address of the restaurant (less than a mile and a half from out Hotel) when we got in the cab and gave the address AND the name of the Restaurant "Pimento Verde" the drive pulls the another address for the same...

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Sep 8, 2015 - Discovering Madrid

Tom stripped me of many Spanish credentials this morning and rightfully so..... I'd been complaining that the water faucets were backwards because "c" was definitely NOT cold. It was hot water and they must have been too lazy to put the correct Letter on the nozzle. I also commented that the "H" on our faucet not written clearly I couldn't tell what the letter was trying to be.......... then as I was showering this morning it hit me, DUH "c" cliente.......... duh duh duh, and It wasn't an "h" I was looking at it was an "f" Friejo "cold" get...

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Sep 8, 2015 - Made it to Madrid

The train brought us smoothly and effortlessly to Madrid. The weather for cast was showing a strong chance of rain and high temperatures (24 Celsius..I am on vacation and do not care to spend time on the conversion, let's just say it was very hot. The biggest problem and we got over it quickly) was that there was really not proper signage to lead us to the taxi stands. We kind of wanded around looking for an exit and transportation. We exited at the first chance and saw two cabs (which we thought odd for such a big train station) we went...

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Sep 3, 2015 - Museum Nacional del Prado

After a horrendous night of lack of sleep due to very loud music and children laughing and playing until after 1:30 am, (I am not enamoured with the culture of the parts of Spain we have visited)we moved our pitch to what we hoped was a quitter part of the park. Once settled we took a taxi to the train station to Madrid. I love the electric trains they are so quite and smooth. The trip in to the city took about 45 minutes with several stops along the way. Once de-boarded we both remarked how unlike it was to the exquisite stations of...

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Aug 27, 2015 - Day 7 Madrid

We headed off early to negotiate the Metro and check our route for catching the train. We also had to book our reservations for the train to Valencia tomorrow. It was a beautiful, cool morning however the walk up the hill from the unit was still a bit strenuous. We sussed out where we had to change lines and had an easy trip to the train station and booked the tickets without any drama. It was then off to catch the Hop on/off bus. We had time to kill so stopped at the Golden Arches (free wifi) and had a coffee and croissant while I did a...

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Aug 26, 2015 - Day 6 Barcelona to Madrid

It's time to say goodbye to our little apartment (and those six flights of stairs). A bit sad about the apartment, not sad about the stairs. We are off to Madrid today on the high speed train. We packed, tidied the unit and clambered down the stairs lumping our bags. We'd decided to catch a taxi to Barcelona Sants, the train station to save the metro journey and decided there wouldn't be much difference in the cost as it's not that far. We arrived with plenty of time up our sleeves so had a coffee and roll for breakfast before heading for...

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Aug 9, 2015 - Day Twenty Seven: Madrid

Our walking tour started at 10:00am so we set an alarm for 8:30am so we'd have enough time for breakfast and to find the exact meeting point for the walking tour. Besides eating at the same cafe as yesterday our options were limited and we settled for a McDonald's breakfast. It was lucky we gave ourselves enough time as we didn't find the exact meeting point yesterday and it gave us time to find it. We found the meeting point and the group easily. For our last free walking tour our guide was Erik. He was half German, half American and was...

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