Today we drove about 100 miles north from the Parador of Tordesillas to the Parador of Leon. Duke and I stayed in the Leon Parador back in 2016. Since then the Parador was closed for a few years while they totally renovated it.
This afternoon we had our welcome drinks and played cards in the central Atrium
Later we walked about a mile to the center of Leon to see the cathedral. It didn’t open until 4 and we got there about 3:30. So we had drinks in the restaurant across from the Cathedral.
The stained glass windows make the Leon Cathedral one of my favorites in Spain.
We had one of the best meals of the trip in the Parador restaurant tonight.
After dinner we went outside to get some night time pictures.
First thing this morning Duke and I took the Metro to Madrid airport where we met our friends Rick and Elaine who were arriving from Denver via Chicago. We got to the arrivals area a very short time before they walked through the arrivals door.
We took a cab to our hotel and then went out for a walk to show them a bit of Madrid.
We walked back to our hotel and rested a bit this afternoon and then had snacks on the balcony of our room.
For dinner we had fun walking around the neighborhood near our hotel. We had dinner at a couple of tapas places.
Roger and Gayle ordered a taxi for 7:30am this morning to take them to the Barcelona airport. We had a wonderful time traveling with them and we’re sorry to see them go.
We ordered a taxi for 8:30 to take us to the train station for our 10am train to Madrid. When we got into the taxi the driver said getting to Sants train station could be very difficult because today was the Barcelona marathon. We made it to less than a mile from the station but then there was no way to get to the station. We told the driver we would walk, got out and walked the last .7 of a mile. Along the way the marathon leaders ran by us.
When we got to the station I wasn’t sure how we would get across the course and the runners. But an old guy suggested we use the metro station and it worked!
We caught our high speed train to Madrid with no problem. And then walked to our Madrid hotel.