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Puerta del Sol

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  • Day9

    Madrid, so different from Portugal

    September 24, 2017 in Spain

    Our first full day in Madrid is done. We arrived late last night after a delay in our flight of an hour leaving Porto. We scrambled a bit knowing our hosts were waiting for us to check-in in Madrid. We took the express airport bus as far as we could then jumped in a cab to our air bnb. No answer when we rang the bell. Freaked out slightly. 😜 We we into a Bar/ resto that was shutting down for the night. They were kind enough to let us use their cell phone to contact our hosts. By now it is 1:00am! No problem , they would be there in 5 min to meet us. Sure enough they came in their pyjamas lol😂. Sweetest young couple ! They checked us in and gave us info we needed for their great apartment. Needless to say we passed out not long after 😴. Today we explored Madrid. Such a contrast from the cities we visited in Portugal. Portugal had such an old world charm, hardly any fast food places at all. Madrid is much more cosmopolitan , Starbucks , McDos , fast food etc... it does however still have a very historic side to it with beautiful monuments , palaces and the most gorgeous city centre square , Plaza Major. We ate churrios dipped in melted chocolate At Chocolateria San Gines! Highly recommended by Taylor from when she visited Madrid. Tonight we ate paella and sangria. 😊. We watched a beautiful dance show in Plaza Major before coming back to our apartment. Tomorrow... there are a few sites left to see. Cheers to another fantastic day in our European adventure 🍷💕Read more

  • Day9

    A bear and a strawberry tree...

    September 24, 2017 in Spain

    On our last full day in Madrid , we set out after breakfast in our apartment and once again headed out to see more sights. Our location is perfect , we are within walking distance of everything. Lots and lots of walking but it is the best way to see everything and get a true experience of this city. One if our first stops was Palacio Real , the national palace. A magnificent 18 th century palace which is the official residence of the royal family but is only used for state ceremonies. Right beside the palace was Cathedral de la Almudena. It is a Catholic Church and it is the seat of the Archdiocese of Madrid. We were there when the bells rang at noon! Talk about loud ! We were determined to get to Puerta del Sol. It is a city square , the exact center of Madrid , kilometre 0. The spot is marked by a statue of a bear and a strawberry tree, which is the official symbol of the city!! From there we left and headed to the complete opposite side of the city to one of the most beautiful parks I've been in, parque De El Retiro. It's an expansive park that belonged to the Spanish monarchy until it was given to the public in the 19th century. It's known as the green heart of the city. It is 350 acres , with flowers , fountains , a man made lake where you can rent rowboats , and monuments. Palacio de Cristal is a gorgeous glass building in the middle of the park. We had bought a picnic lunch on our way. A sandwich of traditional cured Serrano ham on a baguette bun , a beer and an orange 😊. We ate in the park and being Sunday it was full of families spending a nice sunny hot day in the park. We headed back to our place. We had decided to cook dinner ourselves so we bought groceries to make pasta and dessert. After supper we walked back out to get coffee. We catch a train at 8:30 tomorrow morning to go to Barcelona. Luckily the train station station is just a 10 minute walk from our place! Madrid it's been real 😊Read more

  • Day23

    Cheeseburger

    July 12, 2016 in Spain

    We woke up late after the night out. We all showered and went back to city center to finish our other self guided tour.

    We started in the Puerta Del Sol square where we saw the Clock of Casa de Correos (which rings in the new year) before heading up the famous Calle Arenal Streeet. On this street, we ate at the San Ginés Chocolate Bar next to the Monastery San Ginés - they serve quite literally the BEST CHOCOLATE CON CHURROS I HAVE EVER HAD IN MY LIFE. NO LIE. if you are ever in Madrid... Go here.

    After eating as much chocolate as we could manage (ie. A lot) we wandered past a few places great for photo ops. There was the Monastery of the Incarceration, Plaza de Oriente behind the Royal Opera House and the Royal Palace and Gardens. Afterwards came the La Almudena Cathedral, which was closed today, and the Plaza de la Villa square, which wasn't. We then stumbled into the Church of San Miguel (which was super creepy) before ending at the Plaza Mayor square, which housed fat superman.

    We met our Australian friend for a late dinner. I ordered pesto salad & it was probably the best food I've eaten so far haha. We are looking forward to seeing phoebe again when she comes to Montreal at the end of September.

    We went back to Keri's where we just hung out, ate food & watched some TV because we had an early flight to catch the next morning.

    Breanna & I ended up staying up until 4:00am because I was trying to like all her pictures on instagram (until it locked me out). I now know her whole family, & what she got for Christmas every year since 2013.

    I didn't even end up sleeping because it was TOOOOO hot.
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  • Day11

    Logroño

    September 17, 2017 in Spain

    9.17 Sunday
    Yesterday's stop was at Los Arcos but as we could not find accommodations there, we took a taxi to our hotel nearest Logroño.

    An amazing day in Logroño! - with wine festival and semi/final acrobatic bull competition! We've never seen such such an amazing spectacle before. Incredible courage shown by men willing to let a bull charge at them as they decided to jump over the bull or just arch their bodies to have the bull pass by.Read more

  • Day2

    May 3, 2018
    We finally arrived in Madrid at 9:00 a.m. In Madrid we couldn't find the location for the shuttle to our leased vehicle company. A lady at the taxi counter took pity on us and called the number we had, and another driver was sent out. Our leased vehicle is a stick shift Renault. It was a little crazy driving it when so tired! And the GPS had to keep recalculating, with all our wrong turns around the neighborhood we are staying in. The Airbnb host is very nice and helpful. We still have to get a SIM card for the phone so we can use it here. But we are too tired to go out today! In spite of the hiccups, we were lucky we didn’t lose our meds permanently. And we’ve learned some more travel lessons! And tomorrow is another day!Read more

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