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Jun 4, 2016 - Almudena Cathedral and Royal Palace

We are adapting to living on a different timetable. We wake up about 9 a.m. and go to sleep about 1 a.m. This, from two people who usually go to sleep by 10 p.m. and get up at 6 a.m.! Lunch is a hearty meal typically eaten about 3 p.m. Dinner is between 9 and 10 p.m. and consists of tapas (various and delicious appetizers). The sun rises about 6:45 a.m. and sets about 9:45 p.m. Yesterday, my luggage arrived at 1 p.m. We were just about to leave our apartment for the day. We had expected a phone call, and could easily have missed the...

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Jun 2, 2016 - First days in Madrid

Mike and I traveled from Boston to Dublin to Madrid, arriving the morning of 5/30/16. Mike's luggage arrived but mine apparently decided to stay in Boston. We were told almost nothing by Aer Lingus about where the luggage is or when it might arrive in Mardid. The day after we arrived, we went shopping. I bought a couple of tee shirts, underwear, and jeans. This sounds easier than it actually was....finding inexpensive, non-designer stores and figuring out European sizing was a little challenging, but we managed. I'm writing this on June 2,...

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May 15, 2016 - Day 23: Madrid in a day

I really liked Madrid. Really nice city. Very small. Totally possible to see the whole city in a day. We walked and walked and walked! The most we have during this whole trip. It started raining in the afternoon out of nowhere and we were relieved rather than annoyed because we took shelter in a McDonald's and gave our feet chance to relax. The only negative was that we took too long of a break and by the time we got to Thyssen museum they were about to close. I had their opening time incorrect. Totally disappointed. Next time for sure! By...

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May 14, 2016 - Day 22: Time for Spanglish

Today was our flight to Madrid. We got a travel advisory from Rynair to get to the airport 3 hours early because of security checks at the Morocco airports. We had an early breakfast and left for the airport. We were running low on euros again so decided not to accept airport transfer from the Riad and take a small taxi instead. Now that was an experience in itself! We got the taxi right away off our street but there were already 3 people in the car. The driver but both Mahwish and I in the front passenger seat! 𯘂𯘂𯘂 Airport was...

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May 7, 2016 - Madrid

5/7 Today we struck out for the first time. The semi private tour of Madrid was a total ripoff. We did see a park and a bullfighting ring, but could've taken a cab for a lot less euros and would've learned as much just walking on our own given the relatively little information imparted by our guide. On our own, we walked the San Miguel Market. This is an indoor market that houses small eatery counters that sell all kinds of tapas that you buy individually and either eat while standing or at small tabletops if you can find one. It was full...

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May 6, 2016 - Madrid

5/6 Today we toured another palace. The Palacio Nacional, like all palaces, is immense with 2800 rooms. I guess all royalty needs their space! The dining room had a table that served 144 guests. It rivals the dining table in Napoleon's Quarters in the Louvre. Paintings and frescos adorn the walls and ceilings. Different than the other palaces we've seen, this palace was lived in fairly recently and the portrait of the royal family wearing contemporary clothing is quite a contrast to the portraits of kings and queens from previous centuries....

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May 5, 2016 - Madrid

Today we arrived in Madrid, Spain and checked into our hotel. We were very pleased to find that our first destination, the Prado Museum, was only a couple blocks away and within walking distance. We have been setting records for walking every day as we traversed cities and now include the airport walk. Kudos to Julie who has thrown away the wheelchair and actually walks through the airport now. The Prado Museum is tremendous. It houses over 3,000 works of art ranging from paintings to sculptures. They vary in size with some of them covering...

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Apr 19, 2016 - Pittsburgh to Madrid

Easy Drive and Rough Overnight Flight Tuesday, April 19th -- Pittsburgh to Madrid via Philadelphia Weather: 65F leaving Pittsburgh; 76F in Philly; raining/45F in Madrid; Highlights: - easy driving to and parking in Philadelphia near the airport - an on-time but very rough overnight flight to Madrid - somehow making our way through Madrid's Immigration and airport to find our gate Though I like to sleep until 9-ish, today I had no trouble jumping out of bed at 6:30. Today I would be doing my favourite thing -- starting a new trip with my...

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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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