Back in Madrid – May 15, 2017

Last night, we took a walk to the Marrakech Train Station. It was quite airy and had some nice details. Of course, there is a McDonalds inside.

After an easy flight from Marrakech this morning, via Casablanca for an hour, we arrived at our apartment in Madrid, compliments of Air BnB. The location is fabulous and the apartment is absolutely perfect. Manuel, the owner, met us there and gave us the grand tour.

We are near the best restaurants, Prado Museum, parks, shopping and all you could hope for. And, it has a washing machine and an elevator! The pictures say it all. We took a walk to the Plaza EspaƱa, a block away. The shopping was absolutely the best, but that will be saved for another day. We stopped for a bite of dinner, nothing memorable, but quite tasty and great for people watching. Then, we wandered to the Plaza itself. There were hundreds of people (maybe thousands) strolling, watching dancers, listening to music of all kinds, even Mariachi, and having an ice cream or a coffee at a nearby cafe. The energy was wonderful and we loved the city.

The department store, El Corte Ingles, has a couple of locations near the Plaza. It looked interesting, so we wandered inside. The main floor is a huge book store, to rival anything you have seen before. As you make your way through the various upper floors, there are items of every conceivable (and inconceivable) nature. On the top floor, there are about a dozen restaurants, a fine wine store, bakery, tea store, and so much more. For a Monday night, it was hopping, just like the streets and Plaza downstairs. What a buzz!

It has been a long day, so we walked back to our apartment. The neighborhood also seems to be a haven for prostitutes. We could see a few waiting for clients. The area isn’t seedy, so I guess these are high end hookers! We did a couple loads of laundry, booked a visit to the Prado Museum and will enjoy another day in this remarkable city.

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