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Day 1: Madrid by Míriam

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Since the Madrid-Barcelona AVE was inaugurated in February 2008, and after having suffered the endless incidents of its works during 2007, I "promised" that one day I would take advantage of the happy train to make a break. I wanted to return to Madrid after 12 years ... and then I thought: why not extend the trip to Seville? I have some friends there who also had not seen a lot of time and had just had a girl who wanted to meet. And as you had told me wonders of Córdoba and had never gone, I thought it would be a good opportunity to get to know the city. So, said and done, in a plis I booked tickets for a 6-day train getaway. With more than a month in advance and online it is easy to buy AVE tickets at a good price. The web rate from Barcelona to Madrid, for example, costs 49 euros.

The appointed day arrived and our train left at 9:00 from Barcelona-Sants. It was enough to arrive about 15 minutes in advance! The trip by AVE was comfortable, although we had to endure some executive talking on the cell phone every two by three. At 12:50 we arrive on time to Madrid-Puerta de Atocha. At the station, we went to the tourist office, where they informed us of how to get to our hotel, very close to the Puerta del Sol. And then I heard a lady ask about the day's demonstration. Wow One more Madrid experience!

Main Square

We arrived at the hotel, left our luggage and went out to explore Madrid de los Austrias. One of the things I wanted to do on this visit was to lose myself in Madrid. Previously I had already visited El Prado and company, the Royal Palace, the Almudena and the Retiro, and although I did not rule out repeating again, I really wanted to know the city. On our walk we observe the shops in the neighborhood, traditional haberdasheries with spectacular Manila shawls and tempting patisseries, and we reach the Plaza Mayor. I really liked the arcaded square and its surroundings because I really did not have the feeling of being in a large modern capital, but in a city where time had stopped ... Maybe it was all the fault of the drizzle that was falling, because I imagine that in better atmospheric conditions the square and its surroundings would be a bustle of people.

Near the Plaza Mayor we discovered the San Miguel Market and decided it would be one of my favorite places in the city. I really liked their deli stores (although they looked like they were not cheap at all) and their tapas positions. Too bad there was no place to eat, because everything was really tempting. In the end we went out and stopped to eat in a brewery, where we took advantage of the menu of the day.

San Miguel Market

When leaving, a fine rain was still falling and we continued walking through the area, discovering beautiful buildings and some amazing trapntojo ... but suddenly it began to hail and we had to act fast. Where could we be safe for a while? In a museum! We located Queen Sofia right away and there we headed ... with the bad luck that that day was closed. All museums in Madrid close on Mondays, except for Reina Sofía, which closes on Tuesdays. Anyway. Among the museum alternatives we had, we decided on the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum.

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