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    • Day 53

      Madrid … day 2

      May 13, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 79 °F

      So today was a tough day. I snapped. Broke down crying trying to order my breakfast. After so many days in foreign cities/countries, it all got too much for me today. EVERYTHING I do here is so much harder than in “normal” life … ie, ordering food, figuring out where food is, WHAT food is, locating anywhere we want to go, navigating public transport (vs just getting in my car), finding a bathroom, using the shower (handles are all different and backwards). You name it, it takes twice as much effort to accomplish it. Don’t get me wrong - this is a trip of a lifetime, it’s absolutely magical … but some days it’s really hard, too.

      Madrid hasn’t been my favorite city - at least not yet. It’s not quite as “magical” to me as France - but that was a hard act to follow. Jordan came down with the stomach flu today so put a damper on activities - pretty sure it’s not food poisoning since we share almost everything we order, and I’m still feeling great.

      Before Jordan came down sick we did end up getting to the Cathedral de Almudina (the biggest church in Madrid) which was gorgeous as always, and we made it to the Royal Palace. They only allowed pics in one area so couldn’t capture how beautiful it was inside — but damn, trust me, it was amazing.
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    • Day 9

      Dag 9

      April 21, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      Een leuke dag in Madrid vandaag. Als eerste het Koninklijk Paleis en de Kathedraal van Madrid bezocht. Vanaf de Kathedraal heb je een mooi uitzicht over de hele stad. Daarna even wat verkoeling met een lekkere aardbeien Slush Puppyie. Dat was wel nodig want het was zeer warm vandaag in Madrid. Daarna Plaza Mayor bezocht en hier ook lekker gegeten. Als laatste ook nog even binnen gaan kijken bij Marcet de San Miguel. Hier kun je allerlei tapas en lekkere dingen kopen.
      Vandaag op tijd terug op de camping om nog even van de zon te genieten want morgen heb ik nog een dag om Madrid verder te ontdekken.
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    • Day 20

      Galería de las Colecciones Reales

      October 3, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      We firstly tried to buy tickets online but this was very difficult as the English website is still under construction. We had a go and I am now a member of the Patrimonio Nacional Espanol, but still no tickets. So, we did the old fashioned thing and walked into the Gallery and purchased tickets at the counter! Bueno.

      The Royal Collections Gallery takes you on a journey through five centuries of art and culture in an absolutely remarkable building. It was designed by Tunón and Mansilla and has received ten architecture awards. The design is simple and understated but on a huge scale. The Gallery is built into the side of a hill and you begin on level 0 and head downwards along huge ramps to the different galleries.

      There are three levels to visit. Level -1 is dedicated to the Hapsburgs. It starts with the last of the Trastámara dynasty, showing how the Catholic Monarchs began the custom of royal collecting. One of the most memorable Hapsburg reigns was that of Philip II, a great patron of the arts who launched many ambitious projects, including the iconic site of El Escorial. Included on this level are the remnants of the ninth-century city wall.

      Level -2 is dedicated to the Bourbons and explores themes such as music, royal factories and workshops. It also shows the construction of the royal palaces of Madrid and La Granja. There is also an explanation of Patrimonio Nacional’s role as custodian of this vast cultural legacy.

      Level -3 is designed as a more interactive and dynamic exhibition space. The Cube is a room that immerses you in an audio and visual experience taking you through several architectural and natural spaces managed by Patrimonio Nacional. Finally, there is a temporary exhibition gallery that currently is exhibiting royal carriages and a couple of Mercedes Benz cars made especially for the Royal family.
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    • Day 28


      January 5, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 54 °F

      Our next stop in our adventure took us to Madrid. One of our favorite places to see while we visited was the Royal Palace of Madrid. We were able to see a decent size of the palace which was full of beautifully decorated rooms with gorgeous furniture and stunning art. While we were on the tour we were able to see the Palace Armory which was really neat to explore and see all of the armor and weapons that fighters used throughout time. Another cool site that we visited was the Temple of Debod. This ancient Egyptian temple was dismantled in Egypt and rebuilt in the center of Madrid in 1970.Read more

    • Day 2

      Palacio Real de Madrid

      February 10, 2023 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 8 °C

      Morada regia desde Carlos III hasta Alfonso XIII, el Palacio Real de Madrid nos propone un viaje por la Historia de España. Aunque no está habitado por los actuales monarcas, el recinto, gestionado por Patrimonio Nacional, es la residencia oficial de los reyes. Ahora además puedes visitar su fantástica Real Cocina, el ejemplo más destacado, conservado hasta nuestros días, de cocinas históricas de las residencias reales europeas​.Read more

    • Day 17

      Palazzio Real

      April 18, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      1734 bis 1764 auf dem Boden des abgebrannten habsburgischen Alcázar errichteter bourbonischer Königspalast. Mit rund 135 000 m2 Grundfläche und über 3400 Zimmern einer der größten Stadtpaläste Europas. Schlichte Außenfassade (Granit und Kalkstein aus der Sierra de Guadarrama), barocke Innenausstattung mit Fresken von Tiepolo und Giaquinto sowie mehreren Goya-Porträts der Familie von Karl III. Weiterhin sehenswert: die Königliche Waffenkammer (neben der in Wien eine der umfangreichsten der Welt) mit der Originalrüstung Kaiser Karl V. sowie den Schwertern des Cid und der Konquistadoren Cortés und Pizarro. Die spanische Flagge über dem Südportal weht immer, der König lebt nicht mehr im Palacio Real, sondern im weiter westlich gelegenen Palacio de la Zarzuela.

      Der Tanzende Gorilla und der Bär sind lustig, die Polizei lässt ihnen aber leider die Luft raus.
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    • Day 3

      Ausblick auf den "Casa de Campo"

      April 26, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Der größte Park in Madrid und mein heutiges Hauptziel.

      In ihm befindet sich der Zoo von Madrid, ein kleiner Freizeitpark, ein künstlich angelegter See und ganz viel Natur.

      Zudem führt eine Seilbahn hinauf bis in die Mitte des Parks. Eigentlich wollte ich mit ihr auch in den Park fahren, jedoch ist sie bis Ende des Monats noch wegen Wartungsarbeiten geschlossen... Schade 🤷🏼‍♀️Read more

    • Day 20

      Palacio Real

      October 2, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

      Being a kingdom and a world spanning empire someone had to spend all the money, so why not visit their place.
      Sadly you can't take photos in most of the rooms, probably to hide that money can't buy taste. Although it is impressive how much work and value can be put in a single room.Read more

    • Day 62

      The Royal Armoury

      March 4 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      In the Royal Armoury, we saw weapons and armour of several great Spanish historical figures. The area in the centre was filled with knights in armour on armoured horses. What an amazing collection!

      Downstairs there was a collection of children’s ‘training’ armour that they used to learn and practice graceful riding, fighting and playing. I can’t imagine our grandkids wanting to wear those while jumping on the trampoline!
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    • Day 20

      Galería de las Colecciones Reales (2)

      October 3, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      A bit of the history of the shift from the Hapsburg dynasty to the Bourbons. Much to the surprise of those who expected him to name an heir from his own dynasty, Charles II stipulated in his will that the Spanish crown would pass to a Bourbon. The monarchy passed to Philip, born in 1683, the grandson of Louis XIV of France. He was king for 45 years as Philip V, the longest reign in the history of the Spanish monarchy.

      That decision triggered a lengthy war of succession (1701-1714) in which Philip, allied with the French, fought the forces of the other pretender to the throne, Archduke Charles of Austria, who had the support of England and the Netherlands. The international consequences of this conflict was that Spain lost its territorial hegemony in Europe.

      It was interesting to see a number of cartoons and other artistic works by artists such as Goya translated into tapestries by the Santa Barbara Royal Tapestry Factory in Weavers.

      There was so much wonderful art on display I had to do a second page and also show the succession to the Spanish Throne.
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