Madrid ,well is more than a word for me, always nostalgic to be back!

As our vacation time in Spain begun, there is no way I would skip Madrid and even arriving the first thought was to come here and visit again. Madrid I never get tired of visiting, long story going back to my early teen years living there. Lucky enough to visited several times even more than once in the year. This time with the entire family was even more memorable.

We drove from Las Majadas ,province of Cuenca , Castilla La Mancha region (see last post) on the A40 connecting at Tarascon with the A3 to Madrid and parking on the Atocha train station Saba parking lot.

Then, we were all over walking at first, from Atocha to calle Atocha to the Plaza Mayor and onwards to Calle Arenal, Preciados, Carmen and back to Calle Bailén and the Royal Palace and Cathedral of Almudena.

By Calle Arenal we past the old archives building of Madrid dating from the 17C. The Palacio Real is always wonderful to see even if been there several times, the Cathedral of Almudena is a wonderful building that was seen again,and onwards along calle Bailén on the other site to the Basilica of San Francisco el Grande.

On Calle Atocha got in finally into the Church parroquia Santa Cruz , a wonderful Church that in the past had been close when passing by , this time it was fully open and wonderful.

I took the kids to my all time favorite since evey younger than they, Chocolateria San Ginés, in my youth used to come here after the dance club next door ; Joy Eslava, which at the time was a community dance hall and theater, later becoming a chic discothéque. I past by it too. San Ginés is the famous churros con chocolate racion for 1,40 euros or the porros a bigger size churro. A must in Madrid.

We did went shopping at El Corte Inglés by calle Preciados 3 and had our lunch in the 7th floor cafeteria ,and later stop by my favorite store, the official Real Madrid store at Calle Carmen off Sol. We did shopping here too and got a nice beer mug ::)

We came back to the Plaza Mayor a must to visit while in Madrid , always a happening ; see the Plaza del Callao and the famous cinema there, and got around the Teatro Real or royal theater, and the Puerta del Sol square.  We passed by the mercado de la Cebada market and the famous theater of La Latina. A visit to the mercado San Miguel is a must and see the beautiful building of the museum of Anthropology and the Ministry of Agriculture. Down to the Puerta de Toledo where we took the C2 bus to get back after a long exhaustive day of walking to all the wonderful Madrid Streets always telling my sons where their Dad had walked before even younger than they! A nice neat family experience.

This is Madrid in one day leaving before it got too dark, but always memorable, I have no words Madrid is more than a city to me, it is part of my life and a happy nice life indeed; always Madrid or From Madrid to Heaven and a hole in the sky to look down on it every day !!!

Some links for the above sites here:

Atocha train station:

Palacio Real:

Catédral de Almudena:

Parroquia Santa Cruz Church:

Chocolateria San Ginés:

Joy Eslava:

El Corte Inglés dept store:

Real Madrid official store:

Plaza Mayor:

Puerta del Sol:

Mercado de la Cebada:

Teatro La Latina:

Mercado San Miguel:

Museo de Antropologia:

Ministerio de Agricultura :

Puerta de Toledo:

Teatro Real :

Plaza de Callao and the famous cinémas:

and the bus network of Madrid is EMT Madrid , and the best way to move quickly and stay above ground to see more here is tourist link with bus info:

And I will be back at the end of my trip for a last look or take a photo of it in my heart. Cheers

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2 Comments to “Madrid ,well is more than a word for me, always nostalgic to be back!”

  1. I lived in Madrid as a young boy for several years and have been back many times. I agree with you – whenever I go to Spain I have to visit. Some people prefer Barcelona, which I do love too, but Madrid feels a part of me. Thanks for sharing! We are living in my second favorite place now – Napa Valley. Check out our wine country blog:

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