Second day in Madrid

After some serious sleeping, Meylin and I woke up feeling much better. Meylin was still a bit ill from the cold she picked up while in Italy, but she wanted to get a few things done today before her brother, Abimael, and sister-in-law, Tere, were due to arrive the next morning.

The first order of business was to find the train station. This was easier said than done because nothing looked like a train or a station. We did, however, stop and take a few pictures along the way.

Monumento a los abogados de Atocha asesinados (Memorial to the murdered lawyers, located in la plaza Antón Martín, Madrid).

Ministerio de Agricultura, Pesca y Alimentación (The Ministry of Agriculture Building)

As I continued to take random photos of things I thought were photo worthy, we eventually ended up at the train station – there it is in the background of the photo above ↑

Once there, we needed to find the information center in order to purchase our train tickets to Seville later in the week. I continued with my photo fun.

Dame esos cinco (Dammi il cinque in Italiano – or Give me five in English)

Oh yeah, and we eventually got to the information center…

After we figured out the train situation, we walked back towards our hostal. Somehow we ended up back at the Plaza Mayor where we found a tourist information center. We decided to check it out and looked into the city bus tours – my mom swears by these when going to an unfamiliar city.

As you can see, it was such a good deal that we simply had to buy the 2 day pass. We thought Tere and Abimael would enjoy the tours also when they came in the next day.

We left from there to hop on and ride the bus the whole way listening to the audio tour (Me in inglés and Meylin in español).

Me on the bus – took this for you, mom!

It was difficult taking pictures because we were moving so quickly, but here are some of my favorites from the 1 1/2 hour ride:

The Cibeles Palace (City Hall) in the Plaza by the same name.

The Cibeles fountain – named after Cybele (or Ceres), Roman goddess of fertility, is seen as one of Madrid’s most important symbols. The Cibeles fountain depicts the goddess, sitting on a chariot pulled by two lions.

The Fountain of Neptune at the Plaza de Cánovas del Castillo

Up until the 19th century both the fountain of Neptune and Cibeles looked directly at each other, until the city council decided to turn them round to face towards the centre of the city.

Iglesia de San Francisco de Sales (The Church of San Francisco de Sales)

The Puerta de Alcalá (“Alcalá Gate”) is a Neo-classical monument in the Plaza de la Independencia (“Independence Square”) in Madrid, Spain

The Palacio Real de Madrid (The Royal Palace of Madrid) is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family in the city of Madrid, but it is only used for state ceremonies. King Juan Carlos and the Royal Family do not reside in the palace, choosing instead the more modest Palacio de la Zarzuela on the outskirts of Madrid.

Plaza de Colón (Columbus Square, in English) is located in the Alonso Martínez district of Madrid, Spain. This plaza and its fountain commemorate the explorer Christopher Columbus, whose name in Spanish was Cristóbal Colón.

More to come!

Hasta luego,
♥ Christine

2 Comments

  • victoria waxstein says:

    I am glad you took the bus tour….. the pictures were amazing. Looking forward to your safe return. Love you so much. Mom

  • Melonie says:

    Okay, I am ready to go to Spain now! How beautiful. So glad you are having fun!

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