The Start of our Spain and Portugal 2016 adventure

Duke and I left Sunday for a big adventure. We are going to spend two months exploring Spain and Portugal!! My plan is to blog about all we see and do pretty much every day.

Sunday we caught BART to the San Francisco airport and then caught a Turkish Airlines flight to Istanbul where we changed planes to fly to Madrid. Duke found a really good fare for us by going through Istanbul. Although that meant two long flights. On the way home we plan to spend a couple of days in Istanbul.

The 13 hour flight from San Francisco to Istanbul was exhausting but luckily the plane wasn’t full and we had three seats for the two of us. I thought the food was some off the best airline food I’ve had. I especially liked the Turkish delights they serve right after take off on all Turkish Airlines flights! I also got to watch the movie The Martian again. I really like that movie!

Our four hour flight from Istanbul to Madrid was even less crowded. We each were able to claim three seats to lie down and sleep.

Once we arrived in Madrid we took the Metro to our hotel and fell into bed for some glorious sleep. We are staying at the 7 Islas Hotel which is relatively new and in an old building.

This morning we strolled and explored the streets, just soaking in Madrid. I kept saying can you believe we are really in Madrid!


The weather is perfect – temps in the high 40s and the sun is shining. We toured the Palacio Real.


And then stopped for churros and chocolate on the way back to the hotel.



Author: marionvermazen

I am a traveler, hiker, avid reader, Sun alumnus, computer geek, Spanish and French language student, knitter and genealogist. I am retired after working for almost 30 years in the Computer Industry. I live in Reno, Nevada with my husband Duke.

2 thoughts on “The Start of our Spain and Portugal 2016 adventure”

  1. You two look remarkably okay after your marathon flights. As you said, I can hardly believe you are in Madrid and I’m even more delighted that this is not a short trip. You will have time to soak in every place you visit.


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