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Published: March 22nd 2019
While Alex slept like a snoring log, I was to excited about the Palace Real to and woke every two hours. Finally at 8 am I got up to shower waking, somewhat, Alex. We then went to a nearby Chocolatria so I could have churros and hot chocolate for breakfast. Yummy! May become my new favorite. Alex only had a bite, he seemed to have caught a stomach virus... Guess someone has to get it every trip.
Returning to the hotel, we packed up then dropped off our luggage prior to heading to Catedral de la Almundena for a revisit. This time we were able to walk the church and see the amazing art, status, and stained glass. Amazing that it took from 1882 to 1993 to finish the place. Next door we headed to the Palace Real for some old school interior decorating. We were not disappointed. There were gaudy rooms galore in the Palace. We were amazed by all the display of wealth including the fully ceramic room. My favorite was the less obsene blue room. We only went to the wrong area once and got redirected. It was looking for the'Etters to the King's exhibit. Apparently the
king started some documentation service for men who died at war no matter the country and had thousands of records for people to write in to find their loved ones during war time.
After the Palace we quickly walked through the nearby park then sought out lunch. However it was only noon, which is apparently too early in Spain for lunch. We eventually went to a sandwich place thar most were still eating breakfast for a quick lunch. With a few minutes to spare we wandered a market carpeted in pick prior to snaging our bags and heading to the train station Puerta de Atocha. Our metro ride too is to a station with so many trains and platforms we had to stop by the information desk for instructions. Turns out we had to go through an airport like security to get to the correct platform.
Once on the train to Barcelona we relaxed eating out snacks from the pictures like chocolate pie! Then of course watched the scenery and our tablet movies. Our neighbor 'kindly' swapped seats with a family who had no entertainment for their two year old the entire rowdy 2.5 hour trip. Thank goodness
for our snack bag and nose cancelling headphones.
In Barcelona we grabbed 3 day metro pass to head to the hotel. However stupid me forgot to check the map prior to entering the track and had to go back again. Then had to go through the extra wide gate with no reader to get back in since apparently there tickets don't let you in twice. A few stops down and couple blocks walk we checked into the Hilton. Alex requested a sorry rest which turned into a nap for him and more book reading for me.
Hungry we headed to the mall next door and spent most of the time in Zara. No purchases this time, we left for food. We headed back to the Tapas restaurant near the hotel for more Sangria and snacks. Not quite full, we continues down the street to a popular place. Alex had some tasty steak empanadas while I tried an orange chocolate mousse for dessert with my mojito.
Due to Alex's chaifing legs we headed back to the hotel for some Spanish TV and blogging before bed. Have to have energy for a full day of Barcelona tomorrow. Both of
us were too nervous to try the bidet. Perhaps tomorrow.
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