We planned to visit the Valley of the Fallen on Tuesday morning, May 25, 2010, but it was closed; so we drove straight to Madrid’s Barajas airport, returned the car, checked into our hotel and then rode on the subway to Puerta del Sol.
On our way out of town we stopped at Los Cuatro Postes for a final view of the walled city.
The Four Posts
View from the Four Posts
Our rental car was a Citroen C4 sedan.
Bee drove; I navigated; we got lost frequently.
The road to Madrid
These are real people portraying Rodin's famous statue "The Kiss."
We thought this was a real statue -- and then they moved!
We took the Metro from the airport to Puerta Del Sol (two transfers) and then walked to the Plaza de Oriente.
Statue of Felipe IV in the center of the Plaza de Oriente
Diego Velazquez monument -- between the Plaza de Oriente and the Plaza Major
Back at the Plaza Major
Entertainment during our sangria break
A pair of Madrid's finest
It would be quiet for two minutes and then 75 kids would stroll by.
This family sat at the table next to us.
We probably should have learned more Spanish -- but we got by!
Two of Madrid's popular beers. Mahou is their Budweiser. Mahou Classico isn't bad but I liked Cruzcampo better.
We flew to Granada the next day (Wednesday) and returned to our same motel near the airport on Saturday and then flew to London early Sunday morning. Our three-week vacation in Spain was fantastico!