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After Louis XIV, the “Sun King” of France, built Versailles
other European monarchs all started trying to keep up with Joneses (or the
Bourbons, as it may be) and said, “I want one of those!” The Spanish royals
upgraded their country retreat and hunting lodge about 30 miles south of Madrid
at Aranjuez into an opulent winged multi-story palace with extensive gardens.
Although not quite on the scale ...
... up, possibly via Seville and on to Portugal. We are aiming for Evora and Lisbon, as we've been to the Algarve.
So we 'swapped' Madrid for Cordoba! We could have gone to Madrid on Monday, but everything shuts on Mondays!
So instead of going to Madrid we had a lazy day, did all our washing and watched our Spanish neighbours packing up.
... until we got near Madrid. We thought the Aliens had landed!
Aranjuez is home to a Royal Summer Palace and Gardens. Our route to the campsite took us right through the middle of town, over cobbles - only problem, most of it is being dug up, with diversions everywhere! We did finally find the campsite, which is on the River Tajo (Tagus)
... rooms full of the china and serving sets of the royal household. Some of it was very beautiful, but I've now seen quite a bit of different sets of China at Value Village, and I'm wondering what the major difference is? Sure, it's 'real' gold or silver on the edges, I suppose, and yes, most of the cheap stuff you don't get with the insignia of the king and queen of Spain on it, but still. You can't really tell by the design if it's a nicer style ...
... late supper. Most restaurants offer a "special" menu which consists of 3 courses, bread and free beverage of your choice for as little as 9€ the choices were multiple, delicious and way too much. No supper for us! Friday morning we woke to the sound of rain on the tile roof and thunder. However the showers dissipated by noon and the sun poked through and the remainder of the day was perfect for our relaxed wanderings through the city. We especially enjoyed the Royal ...