And I came back home …Madrid is it again !!!

And I did came back home to my Madrid. Ever since living there in the early 70’s in another era ,and coming back for visits often enough to know it very well. Coming with my girlfriend now wife in 1990, and later with our boys in 2003, and continuing luckily every year since , Madrid is big in my world map.

I came back home to Madrid again. We drove from our base in the Serrania de Cuenca along the A40 and into the A3 by Tarancon, and then up to Atocha and then right into Paseo del Prado up to our favorite parking at Recoletos (paseo de Recoletos past Cibeles). This is a great spot for transports as there is metro nearby and many bus routes pass by here including the Airport Express Bus stop at Cibeles and a nice BiciMadrid bike rental station.

We were to meet an old friend from Tenerife that was there to see the SuperCup of Spain football/soccer match of our Real Madrid vs Barcelona (we won 2X0! Champions!!!) , and had lunch with him at Terrimundi restaurant calle lope de Vega, 32 up from Paseo del Prado, where we had our fish soup, and octopus Galician style, and red wine from Rioja, well just superb and great company just to start our day in full swing. More on this nice restaurant chosen by him here: https://www.yelp.com/biz/terra-mundi-madrid-3

We needed just to walk this Madrid , the best way to see a city any city and Madrid is marvelous to walk it. We came around Atocha and up Paseo del Prado passing the famous museums of Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza , and the Botanical Garden. Reaching Cibeles fountain and the great CentroCentro or Palacio de Cibeles now the city hall and events congress; seeing again the wonderful building of Banco de España, Circulo de Bellas Artes, and the entrance to Retiro Park, as well as my beloved Puerta de Alcalà down Alcalà street!!! The great Metropoli building at Gran Via and Alcalà!

The paying a thirsty return to Cerveceria Cervantes in Plaza de Jesus, and the visit to the house museum of Cervantes on Lope de Vega as well as the unique building of the Church Santas Eucaristas in same street, and further on the La Fàbrica with its famous souvenirs glasses of the great Mahou beers of Madrid, corner of Calle Jesus, and Lope de Vega.   The historical Fuente de Neptuno of the opposing team ::) by Plaza de la Lealtad. The nice building of the Real Academia de Historia (Royal academy of history) at Calle Léon.

The always wonderful Casa America, showing the best of Latin America and Spain links.  The helios horses status on top of the building Abanco in Paseo de Recoletos , visiting the Westin Palace Hotel ,the Congreso de Diputados (parliament) , the great Statue of Cervantes in Plaza de las Cortes across the street, the unique Plus Ultra Seguros insurance building next to the hotel with the figurines coming out and playing a tune at hour intervals just a nice touch, and had a light snack of small sandwiches or montaditos in the 100 Montaditos restaurant just across from the hotel; more on them here: https://www.yelp.com/biz/100-montaditos-madrid-7

Visiting again the wonderful Plaza de Colon, with it’s underground centro cultural de la villa( a cultural center with restaurant underground) , the wax museum and the nostalgic Fénix hotel at calle Hermosilla, 2(today part of Mélia group) but we stayed there when visit the city in 1990 with my then girlfriend, today wife! We didn’t realized how expensive the hotel was and needed to share the cost (I try the macho effort to pay it all but it was veryyy expensive) lol!

Up the road in Castellana passing by the Plaza de Castilla and before that the great KIO twin towers leaning as if falling on you! The building of Nuevos Ministerios where normally I come in as others from the Adolfo Suarez Barajas airport on metro line 8. On our way out of the city from the north into the M30.

In all a wonderful day full of family memories, good company of friend, and well just walking these streets of Madrid is enough, already happy. Madrid to Heaven and a hole in the sky to look down on it everyday!!! Well , I am lucky can still see on the ground at least once per year! You too will enjoy it , see all of Spain in one city, the whole Kingdom of Spain!

Enjoy the photos here as there is more to come. Cheers!

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