Walk Until You Drop

Trip Start Mar 03, 2012
Trip End Mar 14, 2012

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Flag of Spain  , Madrid,
Sunday, March 11, 2012

Today our plan was to walk around Madrid and take in a few of the sights we hadn't yet seen. Every Sunday, the city of Madrid has a huge, and I mean huge flea market named El Rastro. Street after street are filled with several thousand vendors, and close to a million tourists.  It's Europe's largest flea market filled with bargains and pickpockets. You'll find everything from cheap underwear to bootleg cd's. To me, it's other people's junk.
Afterwards, we decided to walk from one end of Central Madrid to the other, and head towards The Prado. The avenue that runs parallel with The Prado, Passeo Del Prado is described as the nicest avenue in Madrid, if not all of Spain. When we first arrived it was difficult to tell how beautiful the street really was a typical Sunday demonstration was taking place.
A great hint for both active and retired teaches - carry your ID card with you because most museums will either let you in for free or at a reduced fee.
I've been to just about every major museum in the world, so I was really looking forward in adding The Prado to my list. It certainly didn't disappoint. Durer, Valazquez, Rubens, El Greco, and Goya to name a few are all on display. It was too nice of a day to spend indoors, so after two hours we said it was time to move on. Carolyn will certainly be back after I return home . Near The Prado is Retiro Park, once the private domain of royalty. The park is over 300 acres. I desperately needed to get off my feet. Lauren was going to meet us in the park, so Carolyn went off to where they would meet. I found a nice quiet spot in the grass in the shade and proceeded to instantly fall asleep until they showed up 45 minutes later. We visited the Crystal Palace which is in the park. It was much to do about nothing.
From there we returned to our apartment for a quick one hour turnaround. Trying to find a restaurant in Madrid via the internet was not an easy task, because we really didn't have an idea where they were located. We were meeting Lauren and her roommate Christina for dinner. We returned once again to Central Madrid and ate at Tabernacle Alhambra. Three of us tried their paella which was pretty good. It seems most of the food we've eaten so far has a lot of salt added. We ordered a jug of Sangria, and after four glasses I was still thirsty. For sure their Sangria is watered down, as I thought I was drinking fruit punch. Everyone else was thirsty as well.
After dinner we said goodnight to Christina. Lauren is very fortunate to have such a lovely and bright roommate. By the time we returned, it was 11:30 pm, and too late to start writing the blog. Carolyn and I were both totally wiped out.
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cheryl A. Loverro on

Glad to hear you're enjoying yourselves. You must eat at Meson Botin in Old Madrid. The cochinillo (pig) and cordero (lamb) are wood fired in the brick ovens. I believe Hemingway frecuented the place. Buena Suerte! xox

jane siemens - neary on

Ah, the Prado - of which I have heard so much,.....It must be thrilling - but don't forget, they moved a lot out of the Prado to the Reina Sophia for the purpose of space ( I sound like a broken record, I know.) So I am still dreaming away that you and Carolyn might get there to see Picasso's Guernica..... Also I cannot believe the schedule you and Carolyn keep - so impressive and way beyond my travel stamina.....You are truly still young ( that's why I keep you as a friend - ha) Living vicariously through you - Always, Jane (BTW, we are building - Onward Boise)

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