Hotel Exe Puerta Castilla
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... into his microphone hopelessly off-key, rattling a tin cup that is nevertheless full of an abundance of coins. There is hope in the city, and kindness, and patience. Now it is time to go home. A bus driver changes the tyre of his micro at the side of the road; he is sweaty and grumpy and curses his luck. The thousands of students pour out of the hundreds of schools and somehow they all make it to their houses in one piece. The hand of the Jesus statue- maimed not only by stigmata, but ...
... designer bags. Also a lot more people speak English. We caught a cab to the hotel, I had my own room this time, which was great. Very small room with a single bed, but nice view, and we were 20metres from the metro station. We grabbed some Pintxos for lunch then got on the metro to the main square. That was named Vodafone Sol (the tour guides hated this name a it sums up Madrid though very touristy). Once arrived I couldn't believe how many people were there, so ...
... but will allow George. He is very fashionable in his pink shirt, corduroy trousers and argyle cardigan. The tour takes us through a number of the main areas of the palace where the throne room and drawing rooms and green rooms, yellow rooms, porcelain rooms, etc. can all be seen in their glory. We all came away thinking we'd missed something as it is not the same refinement, opulence or majesty that can be seen in other palaces in Europe, but still interesting, although I think it ...
... being back in Madrid for our final little stanza in this rapid range round Spain.
I left J for a rest and wandered past the nearby Botanical Gardens and instead visited the expansive Parque del Retiro we'd not visited previously. Sheez, the Spanish love their gardens and this was an amazingly large and beautiful expanse of established gardens. I tracked down the Crystal Palace and wasn't sure what to expect though wasn't hugely overwhelmed.
We headed out onto ...
... 7pm when I was still in line. Finally a guy from the airline came over and checked out my passport and asked if I knew about the delay. I said of course I did because the plane was meant to take off four hours ago. He said “oh no, not that delay. I mean the delay until tomorrow morning.” Ugh. So apparently everyone in line was making a big deal out of this delay and that’s why it was taking so long. Instead of taking off at 8pm tonight, ...