We are not hiking yet but we are walking. We began stretching our Spanish legs after a bumpy but uneventful flight from San Francisco. Only near disaster was the sprint from the G wing K wing in under 10 minutes to make the connection. We got seats in the very rear of a very big Airbus. There were large school groups I was counting my blessings and sending up a prayer or two for the chaperones.
One train ride to the baggage, several ups and down escalators. Baggage made it. Express bus downtown, cab ride to hotel, up two flights of stairs and no complaints. Bathroom about the size on a cruise ship but it is in the room. Life is good.
Took the Rick Steves’ Walking Tour. A couple of street miles and another in the extravagant royal palace. No pictures inside. OK because we would have another several hundred to go through. If there was ever an argument against monarchy, the 2800 posh rooms are it. Love the unflattering Goya paintings of the royal couple.
Could not get Peggy away from the camera so the pictures are of me.
This is the symbol of Madrid, a bear eating berries. Kind of like our neighborhood iconic chainsaw. This was in the Puerto del Sol there was some kind of protest underway with TV cameras but unlike Cairo, people seemed in good spirits.
The Plaza Mayor is both striking and spooky at the same time. It was favorite location for the Inquisition to burn assorted enemies of the Church. I am sitting in front of bas reliefs chronicling the historical events in the plaza. The seats are popular.