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Plaza Mayor of Madrid

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    • Day51

      “Boring” Travel day

      May 11, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 79 °F

      It’s a “boring” travel day today - tho I still even relish these days. Seeing the different airports, navigating the mass transits, taking the buses, walking up out of the subways into the old squares and seeing them for the first time, even watching the flight attendants do their jobs in all different languages. I can’t understand them - but I know what they’re saying!! I am fascinated by the most mundane and even the routine on this journey.

      We left Bordeaux and flew to Madrid, Spain! Not the end of France for us — We’ll be back to the southern coast the first of July.

      We got in to Madrid in the late afternoon so we made it to our hostel, got our bearings, had a quick bite at a restaurant that is considered the “fast food” of Madrid — had beer, cokes, a small burger, small chicken sandwich AND a flat bread — all for under $10! Crazy. Haven’t seen “cheaper” food (without seriously hunting for it) since Costa Rica. We also went to Los Artesanos 1902, a chocolateria, and had Madrid’s signature churros dipped in hot chocolate - more like a thick chocolate soup! It was delicious! Can’t wait to see what Madrid has to show us in the morning

      This trip feels SO crazy - going to places I only have seen on TV or in the movies. I never imagined I would make it to all of these places. It’s actually really fun seeing the world this way - comparing/contrasting the different cultures as we go from one to the next. I still can’t even absorb what I’m doing tho — as I book the next legs of our journey to places like Switzerland and Budapest! 🤯
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      Traveler

      Uncle Don and I enjoyed our time in Madrid especially the town square’s sitting and watch the people walking about in the evening, grandparents, parents pushing or holding hands of their children. Wonderful memories.

      5/11/22Reply
      Christie Mitchell

      It seems like a GREAT place to people watch! Too tired tonight, but can’t wait to just sit around and absorb the surroundings tomorrow

      5/11/22Reply
      Traveler

      I love your new perspective on the world! Travel is wonderful for the soul.

      5/11/22Reply
      Christie Mitchell

      It’s definitely been a life changing experience. And I’m only 7 weeks into it today. It REALLY is good for the soul. ❤️

      5/11/22Reply
      Traveler

      I love that you love the mundane. That was my biggest complaint about Deb when we were in Rome. She was constantly on her phone. I didn't get it. We were in Rome!!! I wanted to soak every last thing in.

      5/12/22Reply
      Christie Mitchell

      EXACTLY! I’m here to experience everything I can. Seeing it all. Also, jordan doesn’t pay for a sim in each country, so has no access to her phone unless we’re near wifi. I have a very limited data plan, but reserve it for gps needs and such. It’s nice to not be “connected” so not even tempted to sit on our phones — until back in our hostel each night.

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    • Day53

      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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      Traveler

      Hang in there!

      5/13/22Reply
      Traveler

      You're bound to have days like this. 50 days is a long time to be on the road and in foreign countries. Don't beat yourself up. Magic is around the corner!!

      5/13/22Reply
      Christie Mitchell

      I assume.

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    • Day54

      Last day in Madrid

      May 14, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 75 °F

      Miles: 7.32 Steps: 17081
      Flights stairs: 15

      Not too sad to be saying goodbye to Madrid - it wasn’t my favorite city. They DO public parks VERY well, I will say. Beautiful green spaces everywhere. But other than that, it wasn’t really for me. Luckily, Jordan woke up to find her stomach bug was all gone. Whatever it was only lasted about 12 hrs.

      We went to Mercado San Miguel for an early lunch of Tapas. Really yummy. Then off to an art museum to specifically see an exhibition of American landscape paintings - the museum wanted to bring American artists work here to show Europeans their talent. It was pretty cool.

      I’m not quite sure what’s up with Europe having Egyptian artifacts, but we visited the Temple of Debod - an actual Egyptian temple it was being destroyed in floods in 1968, and Egypt asked anyone in the world to help save this temple, and Spain came to the rescue. They dismantled, shipped and rebuilt it here. Crazy.

      The plaza mayor is the central gathering place in old town Madrid - we headed there for dinner and a final farewell.
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      Traveler

      We saw meat like that hanging everywhere in Italy too.

      5/14/22Reply
      Traveler

      It must be done!!! Just like the toe shot on the beach.

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      Traveler

      That's a beautiful shot. So pretty all lit up.

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    • Day64

      Back to Madrid

      October 18, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 81 °F

      We flew back to Madrid yesterday, going to spend our last few days touring the city and enjoying the sites. Today we had lunch at the same restaurant (Steak Burger Atocha) we all had dinner at when we arrived in spain, sure wasn't the same without Greg and Tam. Then found this cute little donut/ice cream shop to get a snack.Read more

    • Day65

      Tuk Tuk trip around Madrid

      October 19, 2022 in Spain ⋅ 🌬 72 °F

      We took a Tuk Tuk tour around Madrid this morning, it was fun, had a great guide named AL, he showed us all the historical sites including the Royal Palace, the main Cathedral, and a temple which was a gift from Egypt. It is surprisingly hard to take pictures from a moving Tuk Tuk. 🤣🤣🤣Read more

      Traveler

      Thx for tour. Beautiful city!!

      10/19/22Reply
      Traveler

      Dave - you need that Tuk Tuk to get us all around Oregon next year!

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    • Day2

      ¡Hola! - 1. Abend in Madrid

      September 16, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Mit einer kleinen Verspätung bin ich in der spanischen Hauptstadt gelandet - und schon der Flughafen erschlägt mich - ok dann mal los, 20 min laufen bis zum Gepäckband durch 4 Riesenterminals 😅. Aber klappt alles reibungslos und mein Koffer kam wirklich genau 10 Sekunden nachdem ich am Gepäckband stand rausgerollt (
      die größte Panik ist jedesmal, dass er einfach nicht mehr auftauchen will 😂).

      Mein Hostel liegt mitten im Zentrum und ich war wirklich froh, es nach fast einer Stunde endlich zu erreichen. Leider sind die Metrostationen nicht gerade barrierefrei und man muss wirklich viel laufen beim umsteigen und öfter Koffer schleppen, weil manchmal Rolltreppen und Aufzüge fehlen. Die Stadt feiert gerade 100 Jahre Metro...das muss die nächsten 100 Jahre noch nachgerüstet werden 😄.

      Das erste was mir auffällt - diese Stadt ist ein echtes Labyrinth - aber ein wunderschönes - aus tollen kleinen Gassen, unendlich vielen Geschäften und Gastronomie. Ich bin abends durch diese endlosen Gassen gelaufen und war froh im Smartphone Zeitalter zu leben. Ohne Google Maps ist es schon ein kleines Abenteuer das Hostel wiederzufinden 😱.
      Als Start hab ich mir ein Cerveza und eine Paella gegönnt. In manchen Restaurants gibt es so viele Tapas zu den Getränken, dass man gar kein Essen mehr bestellen muss... Ich habe die kleine Schale Oliven dazu bekommen. Der Kellner stammte aus Kuba und war echt lustig. Überhaupt fand ich die Atmosphäre in der Stadt sehr entspannt und ruhig.

      Ich habe danach noch eine kleine nächtliche Tour unternommen und mir den „Plaza Mayor“, einer der Dreh- und Angelpunkte in Madrid angeschaut. Er ist eigentlich zu jeder Zeit voller Menschen und wie man auf den Fotos sieht, auch sehr touristisch... Bin ich mir wirklich sicher, dass ich in Spanien gelandet bin bei gefühlten 100 Läden mit Fächern, Tangokleidern, spanischen Flaggen, Postkarten oder Fußballtrikots??? Spätestens beim Laden „SPAIN HERE“ waren alle Restzweifel beseitigt 😂.

      Zum Abschluss des Abends war ich noch im Einkaufszentrum „Príncipe Pío...einer Mischung aus Shoppinghalle und Bahnhof und genauso riesig und erschlagend, wie der Rest der Stadt. Dahinter liegt der praktisch unbekannte Fluss Madrids - „Manzanares“, den Namen musste ich auch erst googlen, überall steht nur „Rio Madrid“ auf den Wegweisern. Aber es lohnt sich einen Abend an seinem Ufer zu verbringen...er fließt sehr ruhig und es treffen sich an der Promenade viele Gruppen und junge Leute. Es war ein schöner Ausklang für einen super 1.Tag 🤗 🇪🇸
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      Traveler

      Leider war die Paella nicht so besonders...irgendwann finde ich noch eine richtig Gute! Das nehme ich mir für Oktober in Barcelona vor!

      9/21/19Reply
      Traveler

      Viel Spaß in Madrid

      9/24/19Reply
       
    • Day2

      Madrid

      October 7, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 75 °F

      We arrived in Madrid at 5:30am and made our way to the hotel for a power nap. We then walked all over Madrid to see the sights. It’s a wonderful city and the weather has been perfect … low 70’s. This is a city of people who greatly appreciate food and wine which leads to countless delicious options. We are headed out soon for evening tapas and sangria. Jet lag has us a little woozy, but we have had a great day regardless.Read more

      Drink some sangria for me!! [Lila grace]

      10/7/22Reply
      Traveler

      Spain works well with jet lag - sleep late and have wonderful late night dinners!

      10/7/22Reply
      Traveler

      Exactly!!

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    • Day3

      Lunch in Madrid

      September 19, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      As with all cities lunch is best found off the beaten track. Retrogusto in Plaza del Biombo is our stop for today. Sitting in the courtyard under the shade of a tree eating beautifully prepared and reasonably priced food. Lunch plus a glass of wine is about €9Read more

    • Day13

      Eine Hauptstadt an einem Tag

      September 16, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Was für ein Tag! Aufstehen, Frühstücken und das volle Sightseeing Programm. Dazu kam meine Kollegin aus Riesa, die für die Hochzeit morgen ebenfalls schon angereist war.

      Wir haben uns zu Fuß durch diese wunderschöne Stadt treiben lassen. Auf unsere Liste standen die absoluten Highlights der Stadt:

      - Palacio Real der Madrid
      - Teatro Real
      - Plaza Espana
      - Gran Via, der Broadway von Madrid
      - Plaza der Callao
      - Plaza Mayor
      - Palacio de Cibeles
      - Parque de el Retiro, einschließlich Palacio de Cristal und co. (Aperolpause 🤭)
      - Markthallen und kleine Cafés
      - Prado Museum von Außen

      Der Tag hätte gar nicht schöner sein können, mit Sonnenschein in einer kleinen, feinen, perfekten Mädelsrunde 😊
      Sogar hervorragend venezuelanisch gegessen habe ich, und mich damit an die Vorgabe meiner Kollegin gehalten, die morgen endlich Hochzeit feiert 🥰

      Am Abend kamen alle bereits angereisten Kollegen mit Anhang zusammen zu einem Abendessen (zwei Fachärzte, ein Oberarzt). Jule war natürlich auch noch mit dabei. Leckeres Essen, toller Wein und gute Gespräche in einer Runde, die man so niemals für möglich gehalten hätte. Ich werde so gut schlafen! 😊
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      Traveler

      Viel Spaß morgen bei der Hochzeit 🍷🍹🍾

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    • Day3

      Tapas Tour

      September 19, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Now... I love food... this we all know and.... I love wine... also something we all know, so, when someone offered me the opportunity of both for 3 hrs for a few Euros then obviously I jumped at it.
      Last night we enjoyed a very good local tour with a very experienced guide who showed us the city, it's people and its cultures through his eyes.
      At stop 1 we ate squid and garlic prawns with bread and white wine. At stop 2 we had bread and chorizo and iberian ham and manchego cheese with red wine and the 3rd stop we had Spanish Omelette with mushrooms and small green peppers with sangria.
      Finishing off with a stroll through the city.
      We both had a fabulous experience that we would both highly recommend even if it means I have to walk even more today to burn it off.
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Plaza Mayor, Plaza Mayor of Madrid, بلازا مايور, Plaça Major, Πλάθα Μαγιόρ, Plaza Mayor de Madrid, Plaza Nagusia, פלאסה מאיור, マヨール広場, 마요르 광장, Platea Maior Matritensis, Пласа-Майор, 主廣場

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