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Leaving Madrid

Leaving Madrid

We planned to leave Madrid early the next day. The Hotel Victoria provided breakfast, which was the continental type: fruits, yogurt, breads, cereal, and of course coffee, tea, juices, or milk. Definitely not an “American” breakfast, but you really don’t get a huge eggs and bacon and pancake breakfast in Spain. The cool thing was that they had this gigantic automated coffee machine that had a bunch of different choices as far as what type of coffee you wanted. You could select an espresso or cafe con leche or whatever. Put your cup under the dispenser, press your selection, and you hear the machine grinding your coffee beans and then dispensing your cup o’ joe. Surprisingly this was a really good cup of coffee!

We had parked in an underground parking near the hotel. (Much of the parking in Madrid is underneath plazas if it is not curbside or in a private garage.) So when we finished up breakfast, we headed over to Plaza Santa Ana to get the car. You can see by this next picture that the street cleaners were busy early in the morning; we did need to close the hotel room window in the wee hours of the morning because it was a little noisy, but it’s nice to get up and find the streets freshly washed.

Madrid in the morning

Near the Hotel Victoria

 

Off to Spain again!

Off to Spain again!

We arrived at Madrid’s Barajas airport. The last time we flew into the older part of the airport, but this time we arrived in the newer part, which is beautiful. A bit of history: The airport was originally built in 1927 and of course has gone through numerous remodels since then. This newest terminal was built in 2004, so it is quite new. The architecture is very attractive!

Madrid Barajas airport

Barajas airport

This time while in Madrid we decided to try out a different hotel. We really liked our stay at the Hotel Plaza Mayor last time, but just wanted to stay somewhere different. We picked the Hotel Victoria because it was located in what seemed to be an interesting side street very close to Puerta del Sol.

Across from Hotel Victoria

See what a cool side street?

There were all these awesome tiles decorating the exterior walls of shops and restaurants.

Beautiful tilework

So pretty!

…and it was right down the street from the Museo del Jamon!

Museo del Jamon

Remember? We went there on our last trip.

There were quite a few photo opps just within the block outside the Hotel Victoria. Here is Curt being oh-so-serious in front of another set of tiles. (We did NOT go to another bullfight, by the way. Once was enough for us, I think!)

Toro tilework in Madrid

So serious!!