Saturday in Madrid


I am starting this post at 11:59/2359 on Saturday night. We've had a full day. After waking at nearly 10am it took us till nearly noon to leave the room. Things started out shaky because we were not quite in our best travel state of mind. We went for breakfast just a few doors from the hotel, the Serena Verde, omg, did I order poorly, well lets not revisit that.


Then it was off to explore the merits of both the Madrid Pass, and the Turibus pass, we've decided we'll make out better by paying as we go, so didn't get either pass.

 
We made our way to the Prado, with a few stops of course.

Entry for the Prado is currently 12 euros per person, not the 8 euros that Rick Steves says in his 2012 travel Guide. What's the sense to have the most recent guide??? We spent quite a while there. The Prado deserves its own post.

The Botanic Gardens are beautiful,

 

we passed a monster amazing church

 

just as a bride was exiting her limo and entering.

Some more stops and detours and we were at the museo Reina Sofia, doesn't deserve much of a mention from me.

Then we decided to return to the room. Crazy, crazy, one thing lead to another, we stopped or food, oh shoot, I really need to figure out how to include photos here.

Oh, BTW, tonight is the Gay Pride parade and celebration right here in the street in front of our hotel, so that, and the bottle of wine with our late dinner, then the digestifs comped us by our very nice waiter, they REALLY like that we speak Spanish, or Castellano as they say here!

Anyway, it was a good day. We like Madrid!

Ok hasta mañana, oh wait, it is mañana!


 

2 comments:

  1. I am looking forward to your impressions of the Prado -- one of those museums where I could spend days appreciating the work.

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    1. The art contained within he Prado is incredible. Unfortunately it is such a maze, and the room markings practically hidden. In fact one docent/guard told me 'it is easy, once you learn to use the map, she then had to mark all over the map to show me how it works???

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