Hotel Condesa de Chinchon
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I woke up before everyone else and said my goodbyes to you (we slept in Deejay and Nim's bed, the best bed in the apartment) and had some breakfast, packed and got ready to go. Michael was the only one up by the time I left to run my errands and catch my bus. A good man that Michael. I caught a train to near Plaza de Catalunya and walked to the FC Botiga shop, where I bought two personalised Messi home strips ...
... cooler days it has been nice to go to the surrounding areas and check out some quieter places close to Madrid.
When I was doing my graduate work here, SLU offered us a day trip to Chinchón, I still remember the day and loved the little town. I wanted to give my family a chance to see the area and form their own opinions. Let me just put it out there, Chinchón is the garlic capital of Spain, and that could have a bit ...
... I visited Chocolateria San Gines for the much raved about 'churros con chocolate' but I have to say I was a little disappointed.
My final night in Madrid involved meeting Kath (a fellow Taste the Worlder) for another visit to Mercado de San Miguel where we tried many of the delicious options, then to a local café for a bocadilla de calamares which is a calamari baguette, very nice!
Now for my final stop of this amazing adventure.... Costa Rica! ...
... shoppers and street musicians who seemed to be playing on every corner.
Today we also decided to enjoy some tapas in the cafes in the plazas. There are so many outdoor dining venues, so we choose a few, having a drink and a snack and then strolling some more before trying another one.
On the way home we stopped at the Real Jardin Botánico. We scored another Senior Discount for admission....FREE! Sometimes ...
... being my tourist guide and marking on my map good places to see. Nice. Gosh and the day was light until after 10pm so most nights we met up and did something till late. I had to have tired at least Celine :) Justo, well I don't think that's possible.
I must say I really liked the leaning towers.
PS. And I found 2 lovely pair of shoes.
My last leg of the tour.....Northern Italy.........ciao. ...