TRYP Madrid Chamberi Hotel
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... to figure out if I would be moving out or staying home, getting a motorcycle or a new car, if I should go back to Ravel or 230, or try to find a new place. So many things I didn't want to come back home to.
Life back home was not so simple. But why not? If I could live freely and happily here, surely I could do it back in New York. I just needed to bring my new mindset back to the states and keep it there.
The panic was short lived, because ...
- Cathedral of Toledo
- Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes
- San Martin's Bridge
Food & Booze
- Lunch @ Alqahira Rincon de Oriente (middle eastern restaurant--amazing traditionals like falafels, hummus, pitas)
- Dinner @ Casa Gonzalez
- Cheese @ Casa Alberto (the most pungent cheese I've ever tasted)
1. The entire city of Toledo was ...
Thursday was one of those days! Liz and I had decided to explore a little further afield, and head of to Toledo (about 30 mins away by train), the ancient capital of Spain. We left the girls at work at the living room table, and took the Metro to Atocha Station (which is Madrid's main terminus, and the scene of the terrible bombing in 2004). We aimed for the 12.20 train, and I went to buy the tickets......however, I hadn't bargained for the Easter rush, and the next two trains were ...
... expect from Spain, but I am amazed at its landscape, old cities, and wonderful people. Our first trip was to the city of Avila! Coming up to the city itself reminded me of a large castle, with a wall and crenelations all around it! And, in fact, we were able to go on top of the wall and see the surrounding valleys, landscape, and the rest of the city! It was gorgeous and so surreal. Also, there we got to walk a teeny tiny part of the Camino de Santiago (which Mom and ...
... on to the self-guided tour. Gold, porcelain, silk wallpaper, tapestries, paintings, frescoes, marble and clocks for days! Charles the lV was obsessed with them and had over 700. There are 150 displayed in the palace now, all in working order. I wonder how many people it takes to keep that going? Touring the palace, I discovered that one Anton Raphael Mengs (my stand out artist from the Prado!) was summoned by Charles ...