Hotel Condesa de Chinchon
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... hill town with a population today of around five thousand. Its principal attraction is the Plaza Mayor (main square), which doubles in summer as a bull ring and dates from 1499. In Around the World in Eighty Days, this plaza was featured and most of the population were employed for the filming of the bullfight scene featuring Cantinflas.
It is also renowned for the production of Anise. Chinchon Anise has ...
... quite grand and beautifully appointed. A living room with a sectional sofa, kitchen, dining area with table and chairs next to a large window overlooking the Royal Palace, a fabulous modern bathroom with bidet, and a big king-sized bedroom. I was crazy about the built-in reading light by each side of the bed!
Since we had such wonderful accommodations, we decided to eat at the hotel. But we were all still in a funk about Lynne's ...
... situation by sitting down at the bar across the street and letting the kids become friends with el Quijote and Sancho. We do plan on returning to Alcalá before we leave Madrid so we can visit the museum and enjoy more cheap beer and tapas!
Our latest great adventure outside of Madrid was to Ávila. We decided to spend our 10th anniversary in this most beautiful town. Ávila is only about two hours by train ...
... down from our house, and she bought us a tapa that was bread, cream cheese and than a sweet fruit (quiche) and it tasted amazing. She also bought me a Clara, which is a little beer here that is popular. After that, she helped me put money on my metro card, since we get a monthly card paid for us to travel. It was an interesting experience, because the metro card has all your information, so you can tell if you are using someone else's card. For example, when I scan ...
... night. Since we somehow weren’t even jetlagged, we decided to throw on some warm clothing and explore our neighborhood a bit. After walking past the lit arches of Plaza de Alcala and past the glowing fountain at Plaza de Cibeles, we eventually stumbled upon a little café with outdoor seating. After ordering wine (Rioja, duh) and some yummy tapas, we enjoyed our first dinner in Madrid with a view of the city.