Espahotel Gran Vía
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Capítulo 28- "Pero no me quiero ir"
The final 3 days of my trip I spent back in Madrid, but since my Study Abroad program was over, I had to find a hostel to stay in. I stayed at a place that had pretty good reviews although I wasn't expecting much. However, this place turned out to be really great, and I was able to make some new friends and have some really fun experiences!
The only two plans I originally had in mind before coming were to see ...
Day 10 - Mon 8th Sept 2014 In Madrid going to Toledo for a day trip then free afternoon. Toledo was a scenic old town. Communal dinner of 26 at restaurant in Casa de Mayor. Taxi cost 6:50euro cheap. Walked back to hotel and had a look at the gardens & turtles in the Madrid train ...
Wonderful to meet Brian as his flight from Vancouver landed just after ours. Carly and I have a wrought iron balcony overlooking diners below.. Accordion music and 4 piece orchestra drifts in of course. A wander around a beautiful city - plazas and outside dining and gorgeous shop windows. Soccer on screens everywhere. Chocolates and churros.. Paella at 11 pm and midnight summer solstice concert. Now the question of jet lag... Could it still ...
... in a soup), meat ( very pink) and a whole fish ! It was all very nice and the waiter gave us free drinks and told us to come back again. After this experience we went exploring through the city streets and lane ways. We found after a very long walk 'San Gines Chocolateria' which is recommended by Lonely Planet as a "must do" in Madrid ( the Churros & Hot Chocolate were amazing ). Madrid is a truly amazing city - history, monuments, museums, amazing food, shops, bars and people ...
... really modern. They built all of these side chapels like most cathedrals have, but only a few of them actually have altars in them. The stained glass is very modern, and the ceiling is very vibrantly colored. It creates a very large contrast. I want to say I don't like it, that I think the difference between the beautiful grand and majestic architecture and the super simplistic, almost Picasso-like stained glass makes the artwork feel misplaced ...