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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)
... to what we'd
seen everywhere else. After that we just lay down on the fake grass
in the town square for a while and used the free internet to book
accommodation for Barcelona. Pretty relaxing way to spend the day!
Walked around a bit more and had some more pizza slices before
heading back to Madrid at 7pm. Got some bread, cured ham, yoghurt and
fruit from a supermarket and headed to our new accommodation for the
... photography is not permitted so no pics, I'm afraid, except for the exterior ones. The city is famous for its connection with the artist El Greco, so again with my school days and History of Art studies in mind, I was keen to see some of his works firsthand and the cathedral has quite a collection - some I recognised. We also went to the Santo Tome district where next to the small church is a separate gallery housing just one of ...