After Greece we took a short flight to Madrid. I didn't really have a plans for Spain and had only booked our hotels in Madrid and Segovia as I'd lost all enthusiasm after travelling for so long. It's not the time of year that I would choose to visit so I wasn't planning on going any further north of Madrid as it would be too cold. Spain has a great train system which would give Lindsay a break from driving and let him relax and enjoy the scenery or watch a movie.
|Puerta de Alcala (Alcala Gate)|
|Palacio de Cristal (Crystal Palace) started out as a greenhouse but is now an exhibition space|
Our hotel was right in the heart of the city, just near the Opera House which made it very easy to get around to all the places we wanted to go.
|Templo de Debod (Debod Temple)|
The subway is quite easy to navigate once you work out the ticket system and it's very clean. The first time we used it we bought the wrong tickets, right price, but obviously the wrong direction and it wouldn't let us in. So the next time we used it we got help from one of the railway employees to navigate the complicated menu of the machine, because of course we never saw any ticket booths with people.
It's November and the weather is quite cold after being in Greece, so we wear our jackets out all the time.
|Mercado de San Miguel is a market that also has bars and shops to buy tapas|
Madrid was our first introduction to Tapas and we started off by having tapas at lunch with John & Lucille from Perth who we met on our walking tour. For those that don't know, tapas are small serves of savoury Spanish food usually served with drinks. Spain has topped my list as having consistently the best food we have eaten in the world, they are fantastic cooks.
|Spiral staircase in the Telefonica museum building - he looks like he's running|
|Two hooves off the ground means you died in battle, but this guy didn't he just wanted to be remembered as a hero|
|One leg up means you were wounded in battle|
|Plaza Mayor is home to the stinky horse|
I would navigate my way around by way of the plaza's, there are many of them. The Puerta del Sol - the sun square has one street for the horizon and then the other streets radiate like the sun's rays.
|Parque del Retiro (Madrid's Central Park)|
|Parque del Retiro|