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May 4, 2017 - Madrid

Today was a late start and a ride around Madrid to see a few sights followed by a visit to the Prado Museum. The tour in the museum was very interesting with a real expert all about 16th 17th and 18th centipury artists from Spain. Tonight we have our Farewell dinner and tomorrow we return home. As I think about the trip one of the first things which stands out, but that we could not photograph well, are the parks and green areas. Every town and city, large and small had numerous parks for the people. At first when we saw so many apartments...

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May 3, 2017 - Córdoba to Toledo to Madrid

On the way to Toledo we drive through the La Manch region. Well know for its wine and saffron. For lunch we stopped at a village in La Mancha with a very special 16th century inn. The Village is painted white with blue paint around the windos, doors and foundations. It is their superstition that flies do not like blue and therefore will not come into the buildings. Makes for very attractive setting I think. The village has numerous Moorish windmills on the hillsides. Then it is on to Toledo. Toledo is the site of Napolian's first defeat by...

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Apr 21, 2017 - Arrival in Madrid

Uneventful flight, watched several movies; I can never sleep on planes. But plane was late taking off, therefore, 30 minutes late arriving, luggage took forever, so we missed our shuttle to the hotel by 5 minutes. We are happily (??) waiting for the next one!!!

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Aug 21, 2016 - August 2-14: Cris, Claire, Jordan and Katelyn

Mike and I have been enjoying revisiting some favorite spots: the Prado Museum, the Caixa Forum, and taking walks around this wonderful city. It is clearly a city on vacation because many cafés, restaurants, and small shops have closed for the month of August. It’s quieter here, and plenty warm! Cris and Claire, Jordan and Katelyn arrived on August 5th around 4:30 pm. Jordan spent lots of time visiting our house when he and my sons were young boys. Mike and I were delighted to attend his and Katelyn's wedding in St. Thomas almost two years...

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Aug 1, 2016 - July 16 - August 1: Christopher, Carolyn and a Day in Segovia

July 16 - 22 We returned from our Lisbon trip nice and tired. Our time these days was spent taking walks in Madrid and getting ready for Christopher and Carolyn to arrive. It has been very hot (high 90s) and humid. Mike had a GI bug for a few days, with a fever, but that passed (no pun intended!). We go out early in the day when it’s cooler, return home for siesta by 3 pm, then go out again in the evenings. July 23 - 29 We were so excited when Chris and Carolyn arrived! They had traveled many hours to get here from Salt Lake City, but...

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Jun 24, 2016 - Lavapies, Meeting Andres, San Lorenzo de El Escorial

20 junio, lunes We spent a lovely day walking through one of the oldest parts of the city: Lavapies (accent on the e). The name means “wash feet”, and indeed, we saw clean feet everywhere! It is one of the most colorful and traditional barrios in the city, and a melting pot of immigrants from China, India, Bangladesh, Senegal, the Middle East and other parts of the world. Lavapies was apparently a vertical slum before a renewal program began in the late 1990s. There appear to be some very talented graffiti artists in residence, some...

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Jun 19, 2016 - Templo Debod, Plaza de Espana, Caixa Forum, Thyssen Museum

17 junio, viernes This morning, Mike worked at the computer, planning our trip to Lisbon. One easy decision was to fly instead of take the train. The train ride is 9 hrs 30 mins at night. The train makes many stops. The flight is only 1 hr 20 mins. and cheaper than the train. In our quest to leave no street in Madrid unwalked, Mike and I decided to trek to a site called Templo Debod, located in a park across town. The jaunts we take to interesting sites are often more fun than the destinations! Our routes are often circuitous, and we enjoy...

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Jun 17, 2016 - Madrid

We went out for a breakfast at our favorite Churros cafe. We basically ordered the same things as the last time we were in Madrid, but they taste different - not as good. Being in Madrid mins of feels like coming home. I've spent almost all my life in Melbourne. The place where I've been next longest is Madrid, where all up I've been there nearly 5 months. Everything feels familiar and with the troubles we've had so far, it's a comforting feeling. Tess didn't want to go as fast on this holiday, so we agreed to take it a bit easier. So...

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Jun 16, 2016 - Palacio de Ciebeles, Biblioteca

14 Junio, Martes Everyday things take us a little longer in this beautiful country. The appliances are a little different, and sometimes the operation manuals have a section written in English, and sometimes they don’t. We’ve got the microwave, cooktop and washing machine down, but the oven…not so much. I tried to broil something last night. The oven made quite a bit of noise and got hot (hot enough, anyway), but I don’t think it was on broil. This is an appliance that has operation instructions in Spanish and German, but not English. We...

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Jun 14, 2016 - Reina Sofia, Goya Chapel

Friday, June 10: Maria Jose Martin, the woman who owns our apartment, called the day before to see if she could drop off extra sheets for the beds, around 10 a.m. She arrived on time and ended up staying for over an hour. Maria is a fun, outgoing woman of about 40 years old and she has a much better grasp of English than we do of Espanol. She did learn a word or two from us, though, and she certainly helped us with some Spanish words and phrases. Maria also gave us some ideas and recommendations for places to go in the country and...

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Jun 8, 2016 - to Chinchon

Left the seaside today and headed North to a place called Chinchon. This is only 50km south of Madrid and sets us up to return the leased car tomorrow and then head to the airport for our flights to Bangkok. Chinchon itself is quite interesting. The Plaza Mayor is roughly circular, surrounded by 15th-17th century galleried houses and cafés. Our hotel for the night is only 50m from the square. We first visited the visitors centre which has a large pool next to it that was originally used for clothes washing. The church of Nuestra Señora de...

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Jun 6, 2016 - Jardin Botanical and Parque del Buen Retiro

On Saturday, June 4, Mike and I took the Metro to the Atocha Train Station. We wanted to buy tickets for Tuesday to travel to Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage site, 43.5 miles south of Madrid. It turned out to be a busy day for ticket-buying. We waited 2 hours! But also waiting were two young women from Phoenix, Arizona, who were back-packing all over Europe for the summer, before returning to college in the fall. It was a pleasure chatting with them. Ahhh...the youth! The vigor! The station is a half-mile walk from Real Jardin Botanico...

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