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Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid June 18th 2019

Bonjour à tous, hier je disais que les nuits se suivent et ne ressemblent pas, ce fut encore le cas. La rue dans laquelle est le studio ne doit faire plus de 5m de large, mais j'ai eu l'impression de dormir, au bord de l'autoroute, les piétons bien chauds qui parlent fort, et tous les bruits de canalisation de l'immeuble. Si j'avais su je n'aurais pas réservé 2 nuits. Dommage car l'emplacement est parfait, et avec le confort à l'intérieur. A 7h30, je faisais tourner un machine, un café au bistrot du coin, à 9h, j'étais en route. Mon parcours étant prêt depuis hier au soir. Madrid, capitale d'Espagne est située en plein Coeur du royaume, à 670m d'altitude, comptant une population de 3,2 millions d'habitants, et 6,5 pour l'agglomération, en intra-muros c'est la troisième ville ... read more
Palais royal
bien le peintre !!!
Palacio Real

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid June 17th 2019

Bonjour à tous. Que les nuits ne se ressemblent pas. Charmant le petit hotel, tranquil, que ce soit hier après-midi, ou ce matin, les 2 receptionistes, aussi sympathiques, serviables que mignonnes. A recommander le Torico, en plus à 50m de la place centrale de Teruel. Pour la voiture j'avais eu la chance de trouver une place non payante, jusqu'à 9h ce matin, à quelques mètres de l'hôtel. Bien avant 9h je traversais la grande plaine agricole le long de la rivière Jiloca, au pied de Teruel. Ensuite tout à l'ouest, pour traverser la Sierra d'Albarracin, sur plus de 150km. De part et d'autre la chaîne de montagne, Albarracin et celle des Monts Universels, avec la rivière Guadalaviar. Se trouve également sur ma route l'espace protégé des Pinèdes. Zone recommandée pour la pratique de l'escalade de bloc. ... read more
village espagnol
"jamon" de Teruel
Madrid Gran Via

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid March 21st 2019

In Spain, we passed through a very quick and painless Customs process and were cleared to enter Spain! A couple change over on the train later and we were downtown! We made it to the Airbnb address 10 minutes early. Despite our attempt, it appeared we would have to wait for the prescribed 9am check-in time. 9 AM came and went with multiple trips in and out of the building thanks to tenants trying to figure out how to meet up with our host. At 9:30 we hunted down a Starbucks for WiFi, which unfortunately want free so we grabbed a couple of teas to get the password. I wrote a note to the host. Fifteen minutes later we have up and told him we were canceling and going elsewhere. A Google search later we were ... read more

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid March 20th 2019

Before our trip could begin, unfortunately I had too much to do at work so it meant both Alex and I rising early for a ride to work for me and errands for him. Of course I had very little time to get what I wanted to done, including printing off prepaid tickets for some of the trip activities and getting our seats changed for the second and longest flight so we could sit together. Alex was supposed to be at the office at 10:30/10:45 to pick me up. Due to Wells Fargo not carrying any foreign currency, he arrived early at 10:20 instead. Kick off a flustered Bobbi who was in the middle of printing off the tickets on a very slow system and hadn't gotten to change seats yet. In a rush, I shut ... read more

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid December 5th 2018

A short stop in Madrid. Less than 1hour for our connection here. After leaving Chicago an hour late for de-icing we had no chance to get through the immigration and to the other terminal. So we are now rebooked again leaving about 2 1/2 hours later. ... read more
Sunshine and smiles at the Madrid Airport
Madrid hams
Welcome to Madrid

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid November 27th 2018

I've never been one to resist the Ryanair sales ✈️- the aim of this one was to find somewhere that stood a chance of still being warm in November and had good flight times. Cheap, of course was always high on the list. Madrid seemed to tick all the boxes ☀️💶 and with our usual, we might as well go there too approach, we settled on Madrid, Seville and Cordoba. Never been to Madrid, Seville had been on the wish list for a while and Cordoba had the 'Game of Thrones' connection so all good😀 Sadly that was back in April and it was now November and months of concerning health issues had taken priority.😥 We had completed the last of the tests the week before and thankfully had finally received good news😅 Although I had ... read more
Hotel Liabeny

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid October 9th 2018

Well what a start we had to our adventure to Spain, Markey booked taxi a week in advance with our private driver Dev, picking him up at 2.15am then to Kingsville 2.30am.....John and I waiting out front at 2.30am no taxi....Markey sleeping ...slept through alarm and awoke with phone call from taxi at 2.15am, anyway we did get to airport eventually after Tulla freeway closed and we had to do big detour to Pascoe Vale Rd ....checked in then customs not open til 4am...finally got through all that and to find Qantas club not open til 5am...though their website said 3.45am. Long, long flight to Dubai and then onto Madrid arriving about 23hrs later. Changng flights in Dubai for Madrid I managed to twist my knee badly......antiinflamms and painkillers....not a good look when we are embarking ... read more

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid September 9th 2018

Guernica came into my life in Toronto, June 1973. It was in a large art book. I cried for the horrors of war, the brutality. Picasso showed me the degradation of the Spanish Civil War. But at the time I marched in the streets protesting the horrors of the Vietnam war. I shouted into a megaphone, "Hey! Hey! LBJ, how many kids have you killed today." Guernica the original is monumental in it size and power. Then came the first September 11th, 1973. Salvador Allende, recently elected president of Chile was assassinated, apparently by the CIA. A small print of Guernica was taped to my wall. Over the last few days we have spent about 30 hours in gallerias, Prado etc. We have feasted on the great works of art. Images we've seen in book and ... read more
green thumb
toledo 1
toledo 2

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid May 23rd 2018

With Jane still far from the top of her game, virtually without voice, we practiced the underground, timing our way to where we will have to catch our train to San Sebastion early tomorrow morning. Easily done, so no panic situation tomorrow. With the underground not proving a problem, under Jane’s direction we headed to Banco de Espana even swapping lines along the way. Making our way slowly along the Alcala we took in the Fuente de la Cibeles and Palacio de Comunicaciones until we reached Puerta de Alcala, observing the police efficiently directing the heavy but constantly moving traffic. We entered Parque Del Retiro along Avenida de Mejico which guided us straight to the lake and Monumento a Alfonso XII. Here the small dinghys were out in force with pairs or more endeavouring to manoeuver ... read more
Palacio de Comunicaciones
Plant displays around the city.
Puerta de Alcala

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid May 22nd 2018

This was a day for Jane to, sadly, stay in bed, suck strepils, keep the multi vitamins up, drink plenty of water and sleep, so as to recover from throat and nose sickness. Hence, I ventured out to the big outdoors and made my way to the green lungs of the city, “Jardines del Buon Retiro”, where, in full sunshine and not a cloud in the sky, I slowly wandered along the meandering paths amongst the various trees, small lakes and flowers, observing people either jogging, playing soccer or tennis on the manicured lawned courts and pitches set up high in the park, doing tai chi, sitting or lying with a loved one, strolling or just sitting on the many wooden benches placed around the paths or under trees. There was constant human activity enjoying the ... read more

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