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Puerta del Sol

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  • Day1

    Madrid, Espagne

    December 5, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Petite escale avant le grand départ en Amérique du Sud 🌍🎉
    À nous le Pérou, le Chili, l'Argentine et l'Uruguay !!!
    On attend ça depuis presque 1 an, on y est enfin, y a plus qu'à kiffer ❤️

  • Day2

    Cultural Madrid

    October 1, 2017 in Spain

    Madrid turned out to be a lot more artistic and fun place than I had expected. A lot of cultural shows and street dancing. Some very cool graffiti.. Its a happening place with a lot of pubs and bars with a pulsating night life. And its hot here.. Believe me after the 12C in Stockholm, the 25C feels like an ovenRead more

  • Day14

    Madrid private walking tour

    April 8, 2017 in Spain

    After enjoying a free walking tour on the first day in Madrid I decided to book another one of the literary area of Madrid with the same company. The guide Tatiana was great and very friendly and the tour was only 10€. I turned out to be her only client so I had a two hour private tour while we chatted and she told me the history of the area.

    I learned about the life of Miguel de Cervantes a 15th Century Spanish novelist most famous for writing Don Quixote, it was the first modern European novel and is still top three on the most sold novels of all time. We also looked at prose written on pavements and statues of other authors and playwrights. We visited the private little garden behind the house rhat Crevantes used to live in. She pointed out many old shops and also recommended the fabulous Flamenco show I went to. A great way to spend a couple of hours.
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  • Day40

    Our last day in Madrid Pt 1

    November 11, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Our plan is to leave Madrid by AVE tomorrow and go to Barcelona. Well, that requires train tickets, and the on-line booking option was not a good one for us, for a variety of reasons - no access to a printer, language, and not having an Apple or Android phone. So, off we went to Atocha railway station, which was only a short walk from our hotel.

    Atocha is a big station, but we soon found an information desk. The response was underwhelming - a shrug and pointed in the direction of the ticket office. There we met with even worse. No English at all, and no offer of help, while one of them was doing a Find-a-Word. Fortunately a young couple with Spanish were also able to speak English and they had a dismal response too, but at least they were told to go to another area. We followed them and we ended up in the AVE ticket and information area where it was not quite bedlam, but very disorganised. Due to some troubles AVE tickets were not able to be booked at a booth, and certain lines HAD to be booked at certain ticket offices. Even Spanish speaking people were having problems!

    Nevertheless we ended up with a very helpful lady who was able to help us register for a Seniors Card and then book us tickets for tomorrow. The 40% saving off the ticket price was much, much more than the price of the Seniors Card, so we did well there.

    We backtracked and started following the Red Bus route as per yesterday. One of our goals was to go up to the top of the Branco de España building at Calla Alcala. It was 4 Euro to take the lift up, or for another Euro you could go to the current exhibition. We had no idea what the exhibition was, but why not? The view from the rooftop was great, and gave us good photo opportunities of several icons that were difficult to film from street level. The coffee though was way overpriced.

    Nearly every day we come across a gem, and today it was the exhibition. It was all about record covers (remember them?) and concert posters, starting around 1963. All the big bands from that era, and the individuals such as Joni Mitchell were there, with a strong contingent from Europe too. It was a stroll down memory lane in so many ways.

    One of my goals was to see the Templo De Debod, a reconstructed Egyptian temple from what is now the Aswan Dam. Before the dam flooded important historical monuments they were dismantled and rebuilt elsewhere (I am a bit hazy about the details) and because Spain helped they were given a temple. Just awesome to look at something in the middle of a park in Madrid that was built in Egypt over two thousand years ago. Unfortunately it was closed to the public but we still admired it.

    A long stroll down to the Cathedral was next. This amazing structure is the result of both religious and secular funding, and was only consecrated in June 1993 by Pope John Paul II. It had been started well over a century ago, and the history of the statue associated with it, Santa Maria la Real de la Almudena, is extraordinary. Well worth a visit, even if they don’t have real candles to light.

    By this time it was getting late so we went back to our hotel, showered and changed, and headed out for dinner. Not far from Puerta Del Sol we turned down a side street and stumbled upon a tapas bar that just appealed to us. We sat outside and had a lovely dinner. People are the most important thing when travelling, in our opinion, and we struck up a conversation with a young couple from Panama who had a friend currently living in Australia. A photo of a kangaroo was pulled up on her phone, and we had a great chat about travel.

    Earlier in the day we had found food market, Mercado De San Miguel and after dinner we headed there again. That warranted a second posting for the day!
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  • Day1

    Madrid, Spanien

    November 21, 2017 in Spain

    Zwischenstopp in Madrid perfekt ausgenutzt! Auf dem Weg nach La Paz galt, den einen 8h Zwischenstopp in Madrid zu überbrücken. Um die  Zeit typisch deutsch (effizient und humorlos) zu nutzen und noch einen kleinen Happen zu schnappen habe ich mich entschieden, nochmal die Tram in die Innenstadt zu nehmen. Bei dem Rundgang durch die Stadt durfte auch ein letzter Snack auf europäischem Boden in einem der zahlreichen 'Museen de Jamon' nicht fehlen.Read more

  • Day1

    Puerta del Sol

    August 18, 2016 in Spain

    My hotel at the Puerta del Sol in Madrid

  • Day21

    Madrid

    June 23, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 75 °F

    Our last day in Spain is in Madrid, what a beautiful city. Checked into our hotel and then went and had lunch with Becca and Kris. After that we rested and organized our things for a few hours and then went on a tapas tour around Plaza Mayor. Learned the difference between tapas and pinchos (pinchos are a little larger but basically the same). They even had hamburger vending machines - just too scary for me to try!Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Puerta del Sol, Pordo de la Suno, פוארטה דל סול, プエルタ・デル・ソル, 푸에르타 델 솔, Porta Solis, Porta do Sol, Пуэрта-дель-Соль, 太阳门

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