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... all the walking and took a taxi back to the hotel so that we could be ready for the evening’s shena****ns! We had a table booked for Casa Botin,, a restaurant housed in a sixteenth century building in the old part of Madrid.
We walked through the Plaza Mayor built during the 16th century Habsburg period. The Plaza has a total of nine entranceways and is surrounded by three-story residential buildings with 237 balconies facing the Plaza. ...
... Madrid is clean and attractive but our walks on the fringes of the city centre reveal areas that are a little tired with plenty of graffiti and rubbish. Our friends mentioned the high rate of unemployment amongst the youth and voiced their concerns about the prospects for their own kids who are entering the workforce. Many of their friends have been unable to find employment.
Tomorrow we head for Morroco.
... and it seems to work, though there are reminders everywhere about not being out alone late at night. On my early morning walk to get fresh delicious Spanish bread, still hot from the oven, I passed narrow streets full of shuttered down buildings, presumably to prevent crime in the small hours, but on my return journey, the shutters were up, and they had become a series of specialist cheese shops, butchers, and patisseries. What had seemed a slum now ...
... in the cloakroom. I empty my wallet and glasses and deposit my now empty bag. Bruce has sailed through security with a similar bag but he thinks walking with a stick accords him privileges. We get our audio guides and ask for a map. At another desk, we are told they have run out of English maps but no matter the staff member says, the paintings have the same names. If you can read Spanish!! I take a French guide, Bruce accepts the Spanish one. We move on to a large open ...
... a walking-street “circle,” one of probably hundreds in this pretty city, where a round park and pedestrian area is surrounded by cafes and shops, and all the surrounding streets fan out from the park like spokes in a wheel. We stopped for lunch at an outdoor café that was full of groups of people at little tables, and reveled in the fact that it was clean, and green, and relaxed. Morocco seemed a million miles away, and we just hung out, watching ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHostal Bruna Madrid
Stayed here on two occasions. Hostel is in an excellent location and a great price. The owners were pleasant and helpful. All rooms need a key to open from the inside, which I think is a fire hazard.
In the twin room:
Room was clean and functional. However, there is severe noise transmission inside the hotel. You can hear people coughing in a room down the hall. Also, not enough hot water. No kitchen.
In the Apartment: Great facilities, but again issues with the water and noise from the street. Much nicer than the twin room.
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