Madrid and Toledo

Trip Start Feb 04, 2006
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Trip End Jun 06, 2006


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Saturday, April 15, 2006

My parents held strong though the tour I gave them of Madrid; I was proud. The first day we arrived we headed straight to Montiditos! My favorite place to eat in Madrid. Itīs a little sandwhich shop, and by little I mean the sandwhiches not the store. There are 100 different types to pick from, and they are delicious simple sandwhich made with yummy little rolls. Dad and Mom liked then, but I donīt think they were as big of fans as I am. From there we walked to the Palacio Real, a huge palace and cathedral that is very beautiful. That night I contacted my senora and decided to go with her to a Flamenco cafe where she knows the owner and could get us in. We had the most amazing time eating and watching the most amazing dancers. The owner was the last to dance in the first part and it was incredible! We stayed for the second show because my senora had told me before that sometimes they call her up to sing. We ate desert, the owner gave a free after dinner drinks, and sure enough they called my Maria José up to the stage and she sang and danced, entertaining everyone. She got a standing ovation, and we was certainly impressed. She is a very interesting lady. She worked for the first live political talk tv program in Spain after the dictator Franco died and live tv was allowed. She has met amazing people, and has traveled to almost every place you can imagine. When we first sat down at the Flamenco show, we sat next to some French people. She immediatly made friends and chatted with them in French. After the first show, we moved up to a table closer for the next, and she talked about politics with the Italian men next to us. Needless to say we had a great time and didnīt hit our beds till about 4 in the morning...see why Iīm proud of my padres. The next day we went to the Reina Sofia and Prado museum, only taking a break to have an amazing lunch of paella. The next day we went to Toledo, by bus (train was full)and stayed just long enough to see the two main sites, a El Greco painting I studied last semester thatīs in a church there, and eat lunch at El Cardinal, near the old wall of the city. It was so nice to have my parents see everything that has surrounded me that last 2 months. They met my friends that work at Starbucks, rode the metro, partied with my senora, and even made me see Madrid in a brighter light.
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