We had a wonderful day in Madrid today. We had coffee and croissants near our hotel and then strolled through the center of Madrid. We stopped for chocolate and churros at Chocolateria San Giles. We have never had to wait in line there before and but today is Sunday so we did have to wait a bit. It was worth it.
Next we walked through the Mercado de San Miguel.
And then it was on to a guided tour of the Royal Palace. Rick Steves describes it as “Europe’s third-greatest palace, after Versailles and Vienna’s Schönbrunn. It has arguably the most sumptuous interior”. Our guide was great and the opulence blew me away.
After touring the palace we took the metro back to the hotel. I rested my aching feet for a bit and then we went to the Naval Museum. It was fabulous. Spanish naval history is so long, full and complex. I loved all the models. It was fun to see the model of the USS Maine and how it was sunk in Cuba (not by the Spanish).
For dinner we had tapas.