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.

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