Madrid -2017

User: denismaftei
Dates: 13 Mar 2017 - 20 Mar 2017
Duration: 1 week

Short tour

Monday 20 Mar 2017 21:03

Can you believe that JetBlue has free wifi on our plane?! Yes, it does! And very fast indeed! Maybe that's because of less friction in the rarefied air at high altitude? :-)

Posted: March 21, 2017, 1:03 a.m.

Monday 20 Mar 2017 19:44

Waiting for our last flight of the day: JetBlue's Boston to Buffalo. Luckily, they just announced that they would like to leave early! Youpee!!!

Posted: March 20, 2017, 11:44 p.m.

Monday 20 Mar 2017 12:15

Going towards our plane

Posted: March 20, 2017, 11:15 a.m.

Monday 20 Mar 2017 11:38

We're in that Adolf something airport, minutes away from our Adios to Iberia.

Posted: March 20, 2017, 10:38 a.m.

Monday 20 Mar 2017 8:56

On our last day in Madrid, we couldn't abstain from one last "food picture ". Here's my last breakfast :-(. I have to call Dabuleanu for an emergency appointment- the chocolate here is criminally sweet and my teeth are hurting in several places. Pray for me.

Posted: March 20, 2017, 7:56 a.m.

Sunday 19 Mar 2017 17:42

So we crossed the street to a Corte Ingles and quenched our thirst with a pitcher of Sangria.

Posted: March 19, 2017, 4:42 p.m.

Sunday 19 Mar 2017 16:59

We tried to help the local economy but .... this time we weren't successful. Prices were good but we just couldn't find something we needed.

Posted: March 19, 2017, 3:59 p.m.

Sunday 19 Mar 2017 16:03

Place marker for Guernica, the main attraction of this museum. Thanks God, they stopped me from taking a picture of that horror. The emperor is walking naked on four floors in this hospital converted in a museum. In a way, one nuthouse converted in another nuthouse.

Posted: March 19, 2017, 3:03 p.m.

Sunday 19 Mar 2017 15:41

Great Prophet, the only "work of art" that I may accept for a modicum emolument; the rest, I wouldn't accept at any price.

Posted: March 19, 2017, 2:41 p.m.

Sunday 19 Mar 2017 14:52

One of Dali's more disgusting paintings in the Museo Reina Sophia

Posted: March 19, 2017, 1:52 p.m.

Sunday 19 Mar 2017 13:33

Atocha train station

Posted: March 19, 2017, 12:33 p.m.

Sunday 19 Mar 2017 12:59

And a moving single flower and a handwritten note on the floor, underneath.

Posted: March 19, 2017, 11:59 a.m.

Sunday 19 Mar 2017 12:58

This is a view from below.

Posted: March 19, 2017, 11:58 a.m.

Sunday 19 Mar 2017 12:53

Gave you wrong instructions! Go one extra stop, to Atocha RENFE and see the railway station with the monument to the victims of the 2004 terror attack. This (cylinder) is the exterior view

Posted: March 19, 2017, 11:53 a.m.

Sunday 19 Mar 2017 12:10

Now, don't forget: To get to Reyna Sofia you take (subway 7 to Gregorio Marañon, where you switch to 7 to Tribunal, where you get on 1 to Atocha.

Posted: March 19, 2017, 11:10 a.m.

Saturday 18 Mar 2017 18:54

See how good I am with just a little training?!

Posted: March 18, 2017, 5:54 p.m.

Saturday 18 Mar 2017 18:31

As if a full day trip in another city is not enough for one day, we stopped on Arenal (back in Madrid) at an Escher exhibition in Palazzo Gaviria.

Posted: March 18, 2017, 5:31 p.m.

Saturday 18 Mar 2017 15:20

On the way out we stopped at a workshop specialized in damasquinado I.e. Damascene gold and silver intarsio in steel jewelry.

Posted: March 18, 2017, 2:20 p.m.

Saturday 18 Mar 2017 15:00

A beautiful view of Toledo from the other side of the Tajo river (that surrounds the city).

Posted: March 18, 2017, 2 p.m.

Saturday 18 Mar 2017 13:35

Our tour of Toledo included an excellent lunch (at Cigarral Monte-Rey Toledo).

Posted: March 18, 2017, 12:35 p.m.

Saturday 18 Mar 2017 13:00

One of the gates of the city of Toledo.

Posted: March 18, 2017, noon

Saturday 18 Mar 2017 12:06

One of the narrow streets of Toledo.

Posted: March 18, 2017, 11:06 a.m.

Saturday 18 Mar 2017 11:43

Toledo being a (walled) medieval town there are few chances for a great perspective. This is the best one I found for their beautiful (they call it the queen of the churches) cathedral.

Posted: March 18, 2017, 10:43 a.m.

Saturday 18 Mar 2017 8:48

Along Arenal towards Plaza de Orienté where we start our tour to Toledo.

Posted: March 18, 2017, 7:48 a.m.

Saturday 18 Mar 2017 8:41

And here it is again, from another angle

Posted: March 18, 2017, 7:41 a.m.

Saturday 18 Mar 2017 8:40

If one wakes up early enough, one can see Puerta del Sol almost deserted.

Posted: March 18, 2017, 7:40 a.m.

Saturday 18 Mar 2017 7:58

Well stocked Breakfast buffet at our hotel

Posted: March 18, 2017, 6:58 a.m.

Friday 17 Mar 2017 14:40

We invited our new best friend Kisha to lunch on account of today being her birthday.

Posted: March 17, 2017, 1:40 p.m.

Friday 17 Mar 2017 12:34

This is an Egyptian (Hellenistic) temple gifted to the City of Madrid; maybe used by gypsies?

Posted: March 17, 2017, 11:34 a.m.

Friday 17 Mar 2017 12:03

And another one at Cervantes ' monument in Plaza d'Espagna.

Posted: March 17, 2017, 11:03 a.m.

Friday 17 Mar 2017 11:15

A stop in front of Real Madrid 's stadium.

Posted: March 17, 2017, 10:15 a.m.

Friday 17 Mar 2017 10:38

Next is Plaza de Colon with a rather vague suggestion of caravels (one of them carrying the inscription of Columbus, contract with Ferdinand and Isabella) and a clearer representation of Columbus atop a column.

Posted: March 17, 2017, 9:38 a.m.

Friday 17 Mar 2017 10:08

Several stops along our tour of the city; here is the bullfighting arena.

Posted: March 17, 2017, 9:08 a.m.

Friday 17 Mar 2017 8:34

We started quite early today. At 8:30 we were in front of the Cathedral of the Almudena, which is facing the royal palace (seen here).

Posted: March 17, 2017, 7:34 a.m.

Thursday 16 Mar 2017 21:04

Hungry to eat a horse, I had to settle for Rabo de Toro (ox tail), which was a more than adequate substitute ;-)

Posted: March 16, 2017, 8:04 p.m.

Thursday 16 Mar 2017 19:49

Coming out of the park, Porta de Alcalá, one of the few remaining even if thoroughly modernized (Alcalá meaning fortress in Arabic, the gate was in the 12th century wall surrounding the city).

Posted: March 16, 2017, 6:49 p.m.

Thursday 16 Mar 2017 19:19

They also have a beautiful lake, fountains, and many beautiful pavilions.

Posted: March 16, 2017, 6:19 p.m.

Thursday 16 Mar 2017 19:02

In the parc, magnolias were in flower.

Posted: March 16, 2017, 6:02 p.m.

Thursday 16 Mar 2017 18:33

We got out of Prado exhausted. It is huge, incredibly rich but amazingly disorganized in presentation so it's hard to visit. Just behind it, through the Church of Jeronimos, we entered the Parco del Buon Retiro.

Posted: March 16, 2017, 5:33 p.m.

Thursday 16 Mar 2017 14:29

A barely and badly captured image of a Hyeronimus Bosch before being rudely requested to cease and desist from stealing the intellectual property of the museum by one of the stupid guards.

Posted: March 16, 2017, 1:29 p.m.

Thursday 16 Mar 2017 12:13

This is one of the entry ways in the Museo del Prado. Beautiful stuff but arranged in the manner of "big dump" and therefore impossibly hard to visit. The main principle of organization seems to have been "we got very rich and will buy everything to ensure we won't miss anything "

Posted: March 16, 2017, 11:13 a.m.

Thursday 16 Mar 2017 9:44

We have a long day today - it's Prado day - so we have to start early and .... well fed

Posted: March 16, 2017, 8:44 a.m.

Wednesday 15 Mar 2017 21:13

We're getting addicted to these late night dinners outside ;-)

Posted: March 15, 2017, 8:13 p.m.

Wednesday 15 Mar 2017 19:54

Exhausted after a long day, we gather strength for dinner by indulging in some cakes and hot chocolate at one of Madrid's iconic cafeterias: La Mallorquina.

Posted: March 15, 2017, 6:54 p.m.

Wednesday 15 Mar 2017 19:03

Self explanatory. It sits in the pavement in Porta del Sol, in front of the central post office.

Posted: March 15, 2017, 6:03 p.m.

Wednesday 15 Mar 2017 18:57

The symbol of the city of Madrid, a bear reaching into a strawberry shrub (!?!)

Posted: March 15, 2017, 5:57 p.m.

Wednesday 15 Mar 2017 18:14

I have one of these in my bedroom. Thank you Tomy!

Posted: March 15, 2017, 5:14 p.m.

Wednesday 15 Mar 2017 16:21

Michaela drinking in honour of the Thyssen family. At least some of their money was put to good use.

Posted: March 15, 2017, 3:21 p.m.

Wednesday 15 Mar 2017 14:37

Another one!?! Some young Medici painted by Rafael shows an uncanny resemblance to the young Nițescu sisters; even Tomy at a younger age.

Posted: March 15, 2017, 1:37 p.m.

Wednesday 15 Mar 2017 14:36

I thought that this one was a Botticelli; it's not. It is by Ghirlandaio.

Posted: March 15, 2017, 1:36 p.m.

Wednesday 15 Mar 2017 12:41

Art imitating nature?

Posted: March 15, 2017, 11:41 a.m.

Wednesday 15 Mar 2017 12:14

First stop: Museo Thyssen- Bornemisza

Posted: March 15, 2017, 11:14 a.m.

Wednesday 15 Mar 2017 12:06

One of the first things to do in a foreign place is to check the McDonald exchange rate. As you can see, we're in luck. The real exchange rate here is at least 2 € per 1 CAD so, life is good ;-)

Posted: March 15, 2017, 11:06 a.m.

Wednesday 15 Mar 2017 11:23

Today is museums all the way. So we have to leave early. In a show of extreme enthusiasm, we decided to leave before noon. Let's hope the bus runs already;-)

Posted: March 15, 2017, 10:23 a.m.

Tuesday 14 Mar 2017 23:20

Luckily, the Madrid subway works all night.

Posted: March 14, 2017, 10:20 p.m.

Tuesday 14 Mar 2017 22:52

We returned to the hotel to get some rest and be able to get out for the evening paseo and dinner. And here we are, on a little street near Porta del Sol, having dinner outside at 10 pm! Almost early :-)

Posted: March 14, 2017, 9:52 p.m.

Tuesday 14 Mar 2017 10:22

By now is past 10 am and we returned to Museo del Jamon for sandwiches with ham and chorizo washed down with a glass of Rioja - they seem to start working late and drink early around here :-) And to keep being able to walk, since we've hit the pavement after a red eye flight, some hot chocolate and churos.

Posted: March 14, 2017, 9:22 a.m.

Tuesday 14 Mar 2017 10:01

We circled Plazza Mayor but .... the same story: people start their day later here.

Posted: March 14, 2017, 9:01 a.m.

Tuesday 14 Mar 2017 9:41

We wanted to stop here - Mercato Saint Miguel, a very elegant and attractive mini-St. Lawrence - for breakfast but it looked just a little too touristy and .... they only opened at 10! The city appeared deserted at 8 am! And it is a work day!

Posted: March 14, 2017, 8:41 a.m.

Tuesday 14 Mar 2017 9:12

Anca, this picture is taken for you. You liked this place. We'll return here later for typical Spanish snacks.

Posted: March 14, 2017, 8:12 a.m.

Tuesday 14 Mar 2017 8:26

We arrived at our hotel - a Novotel Madrid something - at 8 am so we left our luggage and went straight down to Porta del Sol to look for food

Posted: March 14, 2017, 7:26 a.m.

Tuesday 14 Mar 2017 6:36

Arrived in Madrid - Aeroporto Adolfo Suarez. Surprised to see a mother naming her child Adolpho! :-)

Posted: March 14, 2017, 5:36 a.m.

Monday 13 Mar 2017 16:24

Logan Airport. They scared us (in Buffalo) to check if the plane will takeoff (from Boston) on account of a terrible windstorm. As you can see, our plane is basking in the sun while Michaela has decided to start the training for the good Spanish wines early; we want to arrive prepared :-)

Posted: March 13, 2017, 8:24 p.m.

Monday 13 Mar 2017 13:04

Buffalo Airport. Waiting to get on the JetBlue plane that will take us to Boston. As usual, we forgot to take a picture leaving home. Just as usual, the long term parking here exceeded all expectations: one waits in the car for the shuttle that picks you up!

Posted: March 13, 2017, 5:04 p.m.

Madrid -2017

User: denismaftei
Dates: 13 Mar 2017 - 20 Mar 2017
Duration: 1 week

Short tour

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Deja acasă?
Ca să încheiați en beauté reportajul voiajului, ar trebui ca ultima poză să fie ușa voastră frumoasă dela intrare cu voi pe prag...

Aiiiiiiiiiii! Dali! Denis, sper că nu ți-ai luat alt work of art la colecție de data asta, talking from overweight point of view...
E uimitor câte ați putut vedea și face săptămâna asta pe lângă mâncat. Jos pălăria!
De-acum, vorba lui Ily, mai haideți și înapoi acasă să vă văd at least pe Skype.
Călătorie ușoară și plăcută.
Coana Chirița Furculition

Just catching up on all the photos. Hard to imagine you've been Spain-ing wildly while we've been having a normal week! Safe travels back home.

Pai nu la Corte Ingles gasesti lucruri interesante!
Incercati la magazine independente.
Dar, de fapt, e timpul sa veniti acasa. Sa aveti o calatorie usoara si sa ajungeti cu bine.

nu am stat să citim toate numele.

Într-adevăr se pare că au fost disproporționat de mulți români între cei aproape 200 de victime. Numai noi am remarcat vreo 10, si

Înseamnă că au fost și români uciși la atentatul din 2004. Într-adevăr emoționant monumentul, mai ales că se vede clar scris și în românește:
"Suntem întotdeauna cu voi. Păcat de viețile pierdute. Sã aprindem o lumină pentru cei ce nu mai sunt".
Sã vă mai pup iar sau nu?!?

Tocmai am vazut toate pozele puse, Ma bucur nespus ca ati impartasit cu noi aceasta vacanta superba.


Minunat c-ati fost la Toledo, iar expozitia lui Escher e cireasa pe gateau! A fost un geniu.
Curaj la împachetat sã puteti intra în greutate fãrã supliment si la întors si bon courage la drumul lung înapoi.

Happy Birthday, Kisha!
Mie mi se pare ca tot ce faceti este sa mancati - atentie: veti avea de platit pentru greutate in plus la avion!
Va pup, Ily

Pofta buna! Micul Dejun in Spania este dupa 10:30 am. Lunch la 2:30 pm.
Cafea cu prajitura la 6-6:30 pm si dinner dupa 9:00 pm!
O zi frumoasa! Anca

N-am cuvinte să vă spun cât vă invidiez și vă admir pentru că rezistați atât de bine după o noapte de avion! Mie îmi ia 2 zile să-mi revin...
Ați nimerit-o foarte bine cu excursia asta - aici a nins - nu a fost, bineînțeles , viscolul secolului, cum am fost preveniți, dar, totuși, a nins și e foarte frig.
Evitați să mâncați la restaurantele din Plaza Mayor - tourist traps. Piața de mâncare e faimoasă, îmi pare rău că n-am ajuns acolo.

"Sorin and Michaela, of no fixed address" This should be your handle now!! Enjoy your trip and keep updating - I like the accompanying little descriptions.

have a super trip! Forgot to text this morning to say travels....

Petrecere frumoasã la Madrid, orasul care nu doarme niciodatã.
Asta destinatie pentru tine Denis!
Mai bine decât Civilisation ca activitate nocturnã, taking into account tapas, bodegas y paseos.
Micaela, nu uita si magazinele de pantofi, se pare cã sunt superbi.
Va sarut

Ma gandeam la voi azi dimineata si ma intrebam la ce ora plecati.
Ce complicat zburati! FYI Air Canada (cross yourselves when pronouncing that name!) used to have direct flight TO-Madrid - no more?
In any case, drum bun si sa veniti sanatosi.
Va pup, Ily