Friday, April 12, 2024

Continuing to Wander in Madrid

We walk away from the fabulous Mercado de San Miguel and wander through the streets and squares of Madrid toward the train station and the Prado. 

Through the streets and squares

Passing street art

To the train station

We're in a more modern part of town now, walking up Paseo del Prado past the botanical gardens and the Prado Museum toward Plaza del Cibeles, with fountains that have become a symbol of the city of Madrid.  On our way to the plaza, we pass the Monumento a los Caidos por España, commemorating those slain in the May 2 rebellion against French troops in 1808.

Paseo del Prado

Botanical gardens

Museo del Prado

Plaza de Cibeles

Monumento a los Caidos por España

From Paza de Cibeles, we wander a bit up the Gran Via, the main shopping street in Madrid, before hopping back on the Metro to our hotel in the Las Tablas area of Madrid.  Las Tablas is a planned residential/commercial area built at the beginning of the 2000s, with about 62,000 residents and home to many companies, including the Telefónica headquarters where 15,000 employees work, other telecommunications companies (BT, Huawai, Nokia, FON), and other businesses (BMW, Renault, Peugeot, Hyundai, and various bank headquarters).  As a residential/business district, the area is also full of shops, restaurants, and schools, with people and activities at all hours.

Plaza de Cibeles

Up the Gran Via a bit

Back near our  hotel

View of Nokia offices from our room

We go back to Plaza Mayor in the evening for dinner and get a beautiful view of the area at night and the people out and about enjoying the city and the beautiful spring weather.

Plaza Mayor at night

Streets off the plaza on the way to dinner

What a great day of wandering and exploring Madrid.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Arriving in Madrid

We arrive in Madrid, check into our hotel, and wander into the grocery store next door.  Among the great offerings in the store, we are truly impressed by the fish counter and the Serrano ham counter (buy a leg or slices off it).

Fish and ham

The next morning, we head over to the nearest Metro station, ride about 1/2 hour into the center of Madrid, and start to wander from Plaza de la Puerta del Sol, a main square in the city.

Hopping on the Metro

Plaza de la Puerta del Sol

We walk in a loop down the street away from the plaza, then back to the plaza and the other way down Calle Mayor to Plaza Mayor, a grand square in the city.

Heading down the street

Past Serrano Iberico Jamon shops with great windows

Trees are just starting to blossom

Plaza Mayor

Exiting Plaza Mayor through a side street, we next find Plaza de San Miguel and Mercado de San Miguel, a great indoor market.

Plaza de San Miguel

Mercado de San Miguel

Flowers in the square

Although the food it incredibly tempting, we're not yet hungry and continue our walk.