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April 23rd 2013
Published: April 23rd 2013
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Finally at the Madrid airport..ready to take the bus to the city...
But we are in Madrid!

We had a very easy trip (except for the lack of sleep and some wandering in very large airports...) No delays, no lines, good free food and drink in the planes, great service, friendly people everywhere. Heathrow was immense and somewhat confusing, butwe had enough time between flights that we didn't have to worry. Madrid's airport was eerily empty. It's new and beautiful, but for one of Europe's main airports, it looked underused today.

We quickly found the express bus at the Madrid airport that took us (for 5 euros) within a few blocks of our hotel. We walked the rest of the way, gazing at the spectacular buildings all around us. The locals were out strolling (it was around 7:00pm) and everyone seems calm and happy here. Our room is tiny, in a tiny hotel on the fourth floor of a building housing three other hotels, and located on a quiet plaza right in the center of the old part of Madrid. We strolled the pedestrian shopping streets nearby tonight, and ate a small restaurant on the next street over....simple and good...but the flan wasn't as good as yours, Nancy!
Plaza de CibelesPlaza de CibelesPlaza de Cibeles

Plaza de Cibeles, where we got off the bus...

Time to finally get some sleep....

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Plaza de CibelesPlaza de Cibeles
Plaza de Cibeles

One side of the Plaza...each side has a strikingly beautiful building.
along the Gran Viaalong the Gran Via
along the Gran Via

Another beautiful building we saw as we walked to our hotel.
Plaza de CALLAOPlaza de CALLAO
Plaza de CALLAO

There are thousands of books being sold on the streets tonight...
Plaza de CallaoPlaza de Callao
Plaza de Callao

Plaza de Callao, with booksellers and cool architecture....

23rd April 2013

Good one.
Have some Fundador tonight for me. G
23rd April 2013

visiting Madrid
Hi Lynn, We were in Madrid last summer, went to Sevilla, down to Tarifa, took the ferry to Morocco, to Chefchaouen (highly recommend), then to Fes where Sarita was studying Arabic, back to Tangier, to Spain again, Granada & Alhambra and Cordoba, the mosque/cathedral. It was a wonderful trip. Blythe

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