Madrid September 1, 2015

Madrid city tour: Welcome to Madrid. Our tour guide Pepe was a few minutes late which was a bit of a surprise considering all other tour guides were on time if not early.  Pepe gave us a complete run down on the history of Madrid from beginning to current day.  It was a bit odd that Pepe would walk ahead of us unlike all other tour guides who would walk next to us so they could describe what we were looking at along the way.  Eventually Pepe would stop somewhere so we could be lectured about history for about 10 to 15 minutes.  It was a bit odd although very informative.

Our tour of the city today took us to Plaza Mayor, Del Sol building, cathedral, the palace, first settlement, Muslim buildings, architecture based on status, brothel area including tunnel. We stopped and had traditional Spanish drink and tapas.


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New construction while saving the old facade of a building.

The square where victims of the Spanish Inquistion were executed. This area also served as a bullfighting ring long ago.

The oldest restaurant in the world.

The tile outside a pub where we stopped for tapas.

Exterior of the Alumenda Cathedral. It is the Catholic cathedral in Madrid, the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Madrid.

Interior of the Almudena Cathedral.

The exterior of the Royal Palace of Madrid.