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... ordered by Franco just before he died to honor the Fascists who fought and won with him during the Spanish Civil War. On the the Plaza de Espana there is a monument honoring Miguel de Cervantes, considered Spain's greatest writer. There were statues depicting his most popular characters, including Don Quixote, Sancho Panza and Dulcinea from "Don Quixote" and the musical "Man of La Mancha".
We saw more of the city, including the train station where ...
... it depends whether they are talking about the building or including the grounds. Anyway, the Royal Palace has 3000 rooms but maybe only 1/3 were open to look at. The Palace was (as most) heavily decorated top to bottom with not a bare spot of wall or ceiling. It was a lovely Palace to wander through (but I would have to say I preferred the Palace of Versaille). At the palace there is a Stradivarius violins collection which was kept ...
6/11/2014 Thursday We had a fascinating trip through the mountains today. We passed acres. & acres of olive trees planted, even on the sides of mountains where it would be so hard to access. There were amazing rock outcrops and tunnels to take the road straight through the mountains. I was tired but couldn't stop looking out the window. The eyes did eventually close though & we both had a bit of a nap. We then passed through Don Quixote country & saw the wind mills ...
... with the world. There is something about the rawness and passion of the flamenco that gets your heart thumping in your chest. It's heart breaking yet endearing. Neither of us speak the language yet you understand everything and nothing.
We didn't catch their names but the South Carolinian foursome who sat beside us made an enjoyable evening even better.
We decided on an early late mid morning run for a look around the immense Retiro park. Madrid's premier ...
... Las Extremeñas, which is actually the Spanish equivalent of Rossi's for all my Marist friends. SO. GOOD. After lunch we finished up by taking the bus back to Plaza Elíptica (my station). I'm convinced I am the most fortunate student transportation-wise, because the bus ride was 10-15 mins long :) I came back to the house to relax for a bit, explained what a hashtag was to my host mom, Emilia (keep in mind: she's a 70 yr old who has no computer...) ...