So much to see ....
07.09.2011 - 07.09.2011 30 °C
7 Sept 2011 (Wednesday)
First day of our European Holidays. Greeted with a beautiful sunny day with clear blue sky. There goes all that jumper and jacket that we brought .... something to remember ... September is still very hot in Spain .. temperature was about 30 C. Best dress is T shirt with sunglasses and a hat. Started the day with breakfast at the hotel cafe ..... coffee with juice and croissant for 3 Euro. Spanish churros was also good. Walked along the narrow lanes off the main road from Calle de Toledo. First stop Jardin de Las Vestillas .. a garden below the Viaduct.
Looking across we could see the Catedral de Las Almudena.
It was quiet a climb back to the main road but it was early so our reserves were still high ... next stop Real Palacio (or the Royal Palace). Big plaza in front of Palace with long passages. Long queue so decided to give it a miss. Walked along the Calle Mayor to Plaza de Mayor and Puerta del Sol. Calle de Mayor is a major road flank with tourist shops. Good place to grab some pastries before stopping at the famous Plaza Mayor (check out photos). Plaza Mayor is a large cobblestone plaza with interesting arched corridors on all sides. Check out the Sombrero and the cookies shops ...
Walked through Puerto del Sol towards the Museo Del Prado. Very busy part of the city with tourists everywhere. Keep off the main road (Carr. San Jeronimo) and you will enjoy the less busy narrow lanes with more interesting shops. Haven’t been eating rice for 2 days so decided to have Indian lunch at Indian Aroma (at Ventura de la Vega off Carr. San Jeronimo). It was so nice to have fish curry and veg briyani after 2 days (die hard rice eaters .... )
Since Museo del Prado is free from 6pm onwards, we decided to walk round the Botanical Garden first.
It was worth the walk as you will see a huge collection of plants and trees, some unique to Spain ...... some ideas for our garden back in Melbourne. At 6pm we headed to Museo del Prado. Enjoyed the vast collection of art from the various eras. Big on Spanish collection of El Greco and Goya. It was amazing to have a close up look at the marterpieces ..... those detail stokes and blends of colour ..... mind boggling skills. These talented painters certainly were in demand then .... imagine what they would say if they know about digital camera, scanners and Photoshop !!!