Spain
Plaza de Oriente

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  • Day3

    Apparently the biggest in Europe.

    September 19, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Palacio Real De Madrid
    Apparently was built and then the king decided it wasnt big enough so had it made bigger.
    Truly enormous.
    Be prepared to queue and be heckled to buy water, tours and fans...
    Definitely the biggest I have even seen!

  • Day2

    Highlights aus Madrid

    December 28, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

    In den zwei Tagen Madrid haben wir uns ein bisschen in der Innenstadt umgeschaut. Wir haven unter anderem den Königspalast und die Kathedrale besucht. Unten ein paar Eindrücke aus der Stadt.

  • Day39

    Day 37

    July 6, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Today we did the sightseeing of Madrid
    It was raining all day so a bit of a change from the heat
    Went to the royal palace and the markets and the museum where majority of Picasso paintings are kept

    Then we had awesome burritos for dinner and drinks and then went for waffles for dessert👍

  • Day2

    Tour around Madrid

    January 5 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 8 °C

    Today we took a tourist bus tour around Madrid to see some of the more interesting areas of the city.
    It was a double decker bus with an open roof and stopped at all the significant places.
    It is hard to understand just how fanatical the Spanish are about their soccer team Real Madrid but when you visit the stadium you get an idea. It can seat 80k spectators an the TV rights run into the billions.
    There are also many varied sculptures around the city which is common in most large cities of the world however Madrid is on the dirty side with lots of cigarette butts on the pavement and it’s share of homelessness as well.

    We discovered a great little cafe called Scarlett who did great coffee in a similar style to Melbourne which was a god send.
    The tapas cafes around the city are great to eat at with each offering subtle variations of menus.
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  • Day16

    We went to Madrid to see the king

    January 22, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 5 °C

    But he didn't invite us to tea....

    Today's plan was a trip into the city to do a walk around the old parts of the city. Unfortunately a late start caused by the standard vomit from Nathan and the not so standard vomit from dad meant we only got into town around 11 (late for us, early for Madrid). As fate would have it we also left the map of where we wanted to walk behind. So we just winged it.

    The taxi dropped us off just outside the palace and the first thing we saw was a missive carousel that had two floors and went around to Coldplay. Obviously Kirsten had to go on. Somehow she got on without a ticket and almost made it to the top floor before mom caught up with her. Three Euros later and Kirsten was a legal occupant of the carousel and the happiest kid on the ride. I know this because none of the other kids shouted "hello daddy" while waving vigorously every time they did a loop.

    From the carousel we passed the main entrance to the palace and investigated the small Plaza de Oriente. As the plaza has a statue of a horse and a fountain we were here for quite a while. I did notice that there was ice in the ground at 11:30 and decided that this was my limit for winter experiences. We've been watching some winter sports taking place in Winterburg on TV and it looks absolutely appocolyptic (a frozen over hell is a worse scenario if you ask me).

    From the Plaza, we made our way back to the square and down to the cathedral. It was big and looked suitably old. To prove they were proper Catholics they even had a service that started at 12 on the dot. Kirsten didn't appreciate the organ and decided we should leave so someone else could listen to it.

    Further down for the cathedral were the old Arab walls of the 9th century fortress (not really visible from the road) and a viaduct giving great views to the west of Madrid. By then however Kirsten was hungry, Nathan was hungry, mom was hungry and dad was hungry. So up Calle Mayor we went to find somewhere to eat. First decent spot was just outside Plaza Mayor where a lunch of beer, eggs, potatoes and bacon just made sense. Well, for me anyway.

    By then it was time to go and after avoiding a protest march against Coca-Cola we caught a taxi and headed home. All in all another fun day exploring.
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