Madrid Spain for All Saints Day

Trip Start Apr 14, 2004
Trip End Jun 14, 2006

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Friday, October 28, 2005

Hello! Yes, we finally made it to one of Alex's ancestor's birth country. What a treat Madrid is so beautiful and magical. Madrid should be a priority to visit on everyone's travel list with the history, palaces, amazing green parks everywhere. Yes, in Penang, all of our friends have travel lists, because that's what we do every time there's a holiday here, which happens about 17 times per year. Penang is really great and we all call it home, but it's hot and a small Island and the cost is much lower to travel from our home hub as we call Penang than from our home countries as we call our permanent residents.

Back to Madrid...the buildings and the small alley ways are so interesting you'll just have to see them in the photos. We really loved Madrid and our hotel was the old charming and considered the "Waldrof" of Spain by Americans; Crown Plaza Madrid on Plaza de Espana. Now, if you don't speak Spanish, which fortunately I understand most and speak some, but Alex is fluent, you'll have tough time chatting with the locals. Don't worry, most people well help you along with hand gestures. The subway system is great and there are taxis everywhere. The night life is fun, sophisticated, and mostly in Black. Everyone closes shop from 1 to 3,4,or even 5 to eat lunch and nap. I would love that part if I were the one working, but since I'm the vacationer, it's tough to find food or shop during those hours so make sure you nap or find a pub or museum to hang out in during the siesta time. While we were in Barcelona the Princess had a baby girl and that was a treat because everyone was in a great mood, not to mention it was All Saints day and that's huge in Spain.

See you in Barcelona this weekend! Hugs, April and Alex
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