Madrid day 6

Thursday 25 July 2013 The last day in Madrid was strictly for business. We cleaned the apartment and caught a metro to the airport. The flight to the United Arab Emirates seemed endless, but it was nothing compared to the next leg to Sydney. Susie and I both disappeared into our noise-cancelling headphones, and broke…

Madrid day 5

Wednesday 24 July 2013 Our last full day in Spain was a busy one. Susie went for her Thai massage from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, and the rest of the day was consumed with what can only be called a massive “art attack”. We first tackled the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía,…

Madrid day 4

Tuesday 23 July 2013 Susie went out shopping in the morning while I stayed back in the apartment to try and catch up on this blog. When she returned, we walked to a plaza on the other side of the main road to book a Thai massage for her, for the following day. Afterwards we…

Madrid day 3

Monday 22 July 2013 Susie went for walk to the Gran Via and bought some freshly baked bread on the way home. Later in the morning we set out on the metro to Banco de Espana and from there walked to the Museo Thyssen Bornemisza where we whiled away the afternoon from 12 noon to…

Madrid day 2

Sunday 21 July 2013 We had to collect our luggage from our former host, so we decided to combine the journey with a return visit to the El Rastro markets. We arrived early, before the crowds, and located the jewellery stall that had impressed Susan so much on our first visit to Madrid. After we…

Córdoba—Madrid day 1

Saturday 20 July 2013 On our final morning in Córdoba, we breakfasted for the last time on our terrace under the cathedral bell with views of the Mezquita and distant hills. We then walked around the old city one last time before the heat of the day set in. Susie took dozens of photographs, and…

Madrid day 3

Monday 10 June 2013 The weather was fine on our third day in Madrid, so we decided to spend it at El Retiro, a large formal park in the centre of Madrid that was established by a bloodless Spanish noble who erected a ridiculously large statue in honour of Himself. The park was originally the…

Madrid day 2

Sunday 9 June 2013 In the morning we visited Madrid’s famous flea market, El Rastro. This was a fairly intense experience. We arrived before the crowds had built up. Susie was in heaven, browsing through stalls full of bags and artisan jewellery. She found one jeweller whose work she admired—a good-looking, middle-aged woman with impeccable…

Cuenca—Madrid day 1

Saturday 8 June 2013 We booked a taxi from Hostel Tabanqueta to the train station and boarded an AVE to Madrid which took under an hour. Have I sung the praises of Spain’s national railway, RENFE, loud enough yet? When can we have something like this in Australia? Perhaps we need to send all the…