Holiday Inn Madrid
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... 160; <b>Dec 13, Sat:</b> Most in our group took the optional tour to El Escorail, but I remained behind to explore on my own after breakfast to <b>Pl Canovas del Castillo, </b>not far from the Prado Museum<b>, </b>where a band was playing oldies and Christmas music, so I listened for a short while before proceeding with my walk. I then walked to <b>Musee Thyssen</b> where ...
... too far back on the goal line and saw Real Madrid warming up and then score 5 goals (Ronaldo scoring 4 of these) against Elche. Saw a lot of the stars of football and experience the Real Madrid fever and enthusiasm. Many people had packets of what looked like birdseed which they were nibbling on as a snack. We assume this was salted sunflower seeds and was a popular Madrid snack and there were little mounds of husks on the floor at the end of the ...
... was not a large football fan, and that he only watched the bigger matches. Therefore, he had no real loyalties to any team.
I asked him who he was rooting for in the Champions League Final, and he said that he had to root for Atletico Madrid. He felt as if it was a David and Goliath situation (with Atletico being David and Real Madrid being Goliath), and that if Atletico could win, it would show that the little people could still win. Atletico Madrid is the common ...
... church in a Cathedral so you can't really do that.
After mass I walked around - bought a lovely white lace mantilla that I've been looking for and some food for lunch and dinner. Went back to the hostel and had lunch and did laundry and relaxed up on the rooftop terrace while making sure my laundry was actually drying. Two older gentlemen came up here while I was relaxing - one from England and one from Ireland so we talked for a bit. They have ...
... There is also a giant chair in the square that has one broken leg. The title is Broken Chair. I dont know where people come up with ideas like this for scupltures.
We follow the road back to lake where the Botanic Gardens are, which means we have done a giant loop. We grab some lunch there (heart rate rises) and then ride back into town. We decide to follow the Rhone river to where it meets the Arve River which is only a couple of kilometers from the lake. Here we find people ...