Madrid, walking memories of Madrid!

And here I am again on my continuing saga of black and white post reviving older posts in my blog. And I bring you back to my dear Madrid.

Another chance in life to visit Madrid, for four days last week. Always great feeling as this was my entry into Europe, and lived there with my dear late mother Gladys for several years in Quintana. No photos then, too poor to own a camera. This time was a business trip but plenty of time to walk and see my neighborhood of Quintana; line 5 in the metro de Madrid.

I stayed as always recently at the Ayre Gran Colon Hotel at Calle del Pez Volador, 1: this is an excellent hotel, with cafe resto dj music disco style at nights, big rooms, nice friendly service, and central to all of Madrid on lines 6 circular and line 9 out on calle doctor Esquerdo or the buses 56,143,156 stops right there.

The Café Ayre is wonderful with dj music ,big sports TV, (saw my Real Madrid vs Manchester City, we won !!! 3×2)  , and a Champions records win.  The breakfast are full style with plenty to eat and great display of goodies,nice. I needed taxi service once to get to office and they were very efficient and on time. Nice hotel complex. Recommended.

I set out to walk Madrid, like any city ,the best way to really get to know it. I walk the areas that I ran and hide to go out in my early teens years; the walk up to the Torre España or Spain tower ,with 220 meters high (232 with TV antennas), and the tree line calle del alcalde sainz de baranda to get to calle Menendez Pelayo and the wonderful Retiro park or Parque del Buen Retiro, and see the place I went to birthday parties etc now a fine resto Florida Park, the wonderful fountains and alleyways of the park, the monument to General Martinez Campos with the inscriptions of his campaigns like a major one in Cuba in the 1876-1895. You come behind the monumental arch and statue to king Alfonso XIII and the pond or estanque del Retiro with its magical boats, that I once rode my girlfriends on it lol!!! Still the place to be if you are in love!

I went over Menendez Pelayo, and doctor Esquerdo streets, see the nice Church of the Santisimo Samontinos,  Calle del Alcalde Sáinz de Baranda, 3 off Menendez Pelayo.

Right across, had my wonderful merluza with almonds garlic,olive oil dish, and chips and nice cruzcampo beers,and Mahou 5 Estrellas try them all lol!! again. Finish with a nice coffee, all for 32€ yes the fish dish was huge! and the beers plenty just needed to walk back to hotel ::) This was at Cerveceria Cruz Blanca at calle Menendez Pelayo,47, with branches all over Spain. They became my regular stop in Madrid here and at the other location nearer the hotel in calle del Doctor Esquerdo.

Of course, I visited my old neighborhood of Quintana, right off metro line 5 at Alcala 331, always a pilgrimage when in town. The plaza Quintana with my old Docamar was the site of heavy mahou beers and patatas bravas, just across my old piso, apartment. The place was packed with people out mingling, talking, playing cards, just a bustle and hustle of a vibrant lively city as always the times or needs dont change in Madrid. From Madrid to heaven and a hole in the sky to look down on it everyday!!!!!

I have the chance to be driven around by the office management folks very nice people, and at nights the time to walk my favorites areas, just a great week in Madrid. Enjoy Madrid, always I will have Madrid!!

And always the sentimental moment of flying back to my new home. To get this time to Madrid ,I flew from Nantes as usually  on Iberia and this time they were on time handled by Air Nostrum. The ride was by car as I was nicely pick up at Barajas T4 by management.  I then try line 5,6,9 on the metro, and the rest of times walking wonderful Madrid!

I will be back, as it seems never left it or Madrid has never left me!!! Hope you enjoy this brief post on my dear Madrid and do visit when possible, you will love it too.

And remember, happy travels,good health,and many cheers to all!!!

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