We checked in to our suite at the Weston Palace in the old city and immediately set out to explore and find lunch. Thinking Hemingway must know what is good in Spain we walked to a great little square, Plaza Sana Ana for some Tapas, drinks (White Wine for me and Sangria for Alice) and some people watching. With jet lag starting to kick in we hit the Prado (Jake and Maggie this is a world-famous art gallery) and the home of Goya’s famous Naja Naked, rare nude from the 17 century (scared to think what might be museums 150 years from now, maybe some of my rare beach photographs). Next up was the Parque del Reriro a beautiful green park in the heart of the city and a great place to take a nap in the shade, which we did! It was only 99 degrees today. Unlike our trip a few years ago to Italy and Greece the humidity was very low and walking around the city was very very comfortable. Next up more Tapas, drinks and another nap followed before Paella for dinner.
Day trip to Toledo:
After a short 25 minute train ride from Madrid and we were in the city Toledo. This is nothing like it’s counterpart in the US! We spent the day walking the narrow streets eating Tapas and sipping espresso before trying to find a bus (number 61 or 62 if you ever go) back to the train station. I thought it would be great fun to see how may beers I could have before the bus came while sitting at a little cafe next to the bus stop. After a refreshing nap on the train we headed to Plaza Sana Ana for tapas and a glass or two of wine but who is counting. Another long nap and dinner of roast suckling pig with the best young potatoes (baked in pig fat) ever at Bortin just outside Plaza Mayor. After walking around the Plaza we slowly worked our way home with a stop for something sweet.
We had low expectations and only a general plan, but truly enjoyed Madrid. It is a wonderful city to walk around full of tapas bars and quaint plazas and parks to enjoy.
Next up – Travel day: Train from Madrid to Malaga, train to Malaga car to Tarifa…