Lerma to Madrid

It’s hard to believe but last nights blog post was my 1000th post on this blog!!

I forgot to mention yesterday that I anointed the Parador de Lerma since it was the last Parador of our trip. As I was walking into the lobby I dropped our food bag on the marble floor of the lobby. The bottle of wine in the bag broke and soon there was as a large pool of red wine in the middle of the lobby!

The Parador of Lerma was beautiful and we woke up there this morning to a beautiful view and a beautiful day.

We drove to Madrid, turned in our car, and checked into our hotel. Then we headed out to have a couple iconic Madrid experiences. We ate jamon and cheese at the Museo de Jamon restaurant near our hotel.

And we went to Chocolateria San Gines for churros and chocolate.

After a rest at the hotel we went out for tapas. The streets were packed with people.

We have had a wonderful time in Spain. It’s hard to believe that we leave tomorrow.

Avila to Madrid

Our plan for Monday was to drive to our hotel in Madrid, check in, Leave the luggage, drive to the rental car office and return our car, then take the Metro to the airport to meet our friends Roger and Gayle who will be traveling with us for the next two weeks. Everything went pretty much according to plan although maneuvering the narrow streets of Madrid and the traffic did prove to be a bit of a challenge.

This afternoon we walked and checked out some of the sites of Madrid with stops for drinks and tapas.

We ate dinner at Botín. It was founded in 1725 and according to the Guinness Book of Records is the oldest continually operated restaurant in the world. I had roast suckling pig

We’ve had a great time with Butch and Myra who will be flying home on Tuesday.

Madrid

Our friends Butch and Myra joined us today. They will be traveling with us for the next two weeks. We met their plane and then spent the day showing them Madrid.

We stopped for chocolate and churros at Chocolateria San Gonés.

I especially enjoyed walking through San Miguel Market. They have such beautiful food.

The weather today was cool and it rained this morning but this afternoon it cleared some. We walked through Retiro Park.

Collioure to Madrid

Our train in Collioure left at 6:51 so we left our hotel and waked to the train in the very early morning light.

It was a twenty minute ride to Perpignan where we had an almost three hour layover before catching the train to Barcelona. So we were able to get our last French croissants and coffee while we waited.

From Barcelona we caught the high speed train to Madrid where we are tonight. We went to several nearby places and had tapas for dinner.