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I have to admit, we fell for it. The tourist trap. High prices, poor return.
So the trap is called Botin. A restaurant near Plaza Mayor which according to the Guiness Book of Records is the oldest restaurant in the world. The reviews for this place on the whole were kind although there were enough warnings to give this place a miss. We thought, what the hell, lets try it. ...
... few miles by this point.
It's mid-afternoon by now and with a blazing ball of fire above us it seems daft not to retire to the rooftop pool of the Emperador, which is the entire reason we're staying there. Surprisingly, even though it only gets about 30 days of rain a year, Madrid doesn't boast many hotels with pools, preferring to sell itself more on its culture, nightlife, art and cuisine heritage than as a place to chill out.
... of the highlights was "Las Meninas" by Velazquez which we admired for some time. Little did we know we would see some very different versions of the painting in Barcelona. After the Prado we headed back to camp for a very late dinner.
On our second day in Madrid we started off at the palace. It had a pharmacy with lots of neat ceramic jars and an armoury with a large collection of weapons and armour. The highlight was the palace itself. Unfortunately we ...
... to see both guys and really cool to be taken around to the local hangouts as opposed to the tourist traps.
During the day we tried to be cultured and managed to get to some great museums, however, we both found the draw of a bed, bath and all the luxuries of city living to much and developed a massive addiction to the tv show Greys Anatomy! Mix that with long walks with Negra and occasionally venturing into Madrid we loved our time with Juan and Lula. ...
... rather chaotic. Long queue and no one quite sure what’s going on, woman sitting behind desk apparently doing her own thing but not saying much to waiting passengers.
It will be another 4 or 5 hours before we arrive home and we will have been travelling for nearly 24 hours since we left the apartment in Barra.
This has been an epic journey for us, it is not the holiday we planned but has far exceeded any expectations we could have set for ourselves.
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- Shuttle bus service
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility