Well, we made it to Madrid. Sorry for the small pics below, but they load a lot faster on the internet connection at the hotel.
Our hotel is near Plaza de Espana, the main monument in which is to the famous Spanish write Cervantes. That's him on the chair there.
It's a nice big square. The best part is the statue of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.
Madrid is really nice. It's loud and hectic, but it is the largest city in Spain, so that's to be expected. So far we are really enjoying ourselves. The flight over wasn't too bad, particularly since we both had aisle seats with no one in the center seats next to us. Sweet!
Above is a picture of the Royal Palace. This really doesn't capture the size of it. It is just enormous.
We had a great lunch at a place called Paradisio de Jamon, or Ham Paradise. It was good, and fairly affordable.
We then strolled down to Puerta del Sol. The most famous monument there is the statue of the bear and the madrono tree, which is the symbol of the city.
Next was Plaza Mayor. Again, this picture doesn't really capture the scale. It was enormous.
After this we went back to the hotel. On the way there we found a market and bought some bread and ham and cheese and made a supper of that. We were kind of exhausted, so we made it an early night. More in the next post.