European Adventures: Madrid (Day 2)

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Palacio Real de Madrid (side)

After getting a good night’s sleep, we were ready for another day to explore some of Madrid’s famous sights. Since we had just half a day left to explore, we visited a few places, with most of them situated near each other.

We visited the main square of the city – Plaza Mayor. It is centrally located and is just a few minutes away (by foot) from Puerta del Sol. Luckily, we went there early so the place was not crowded and we even enjoyed the cool morning breeze.

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Plaza Mayor
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Mis hermanos

Of course, we could not leave Madrid without trying some churros con chocolate, so we had that for breakfast. Freshly made churros with dark chocolate = perfection!

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Churros con chocolate

Probably the highlight of our short visit to Madrid was seeing the Royal Palace of Madrid or Palacio Real de Madrid, the largest royal palace in Western Europe. It was a magnificent structure, and I felt so small as I took photos of it. Directly opposite the Palacio Real was the Almudena Cathedral. Of course, we could not help posing for pictures!

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Palacio Real de Madrid (front)

More pictures below, mostly taken with my phone and tablet.

We also walked around Plaza de España, another large square in Madrid with a monument dedicated to Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, author of Don Quixote. Plaza de España is a short walk from the Palacio Real.

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Plaza de España

Our last stop was the Temple of Debod, an ancient Egyptian temple which was dismantled and rebuilt in Parque del Oeste, also near the Royal Palace of Madrid. The Egyptian state donated the Temple of Debod to Spain in 1968 as a sign of gratitude for the help provided by Spain in saving the temples of Abu Simbel.

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Temple of Debod

That ends our short but sweet stay in Madrid. Thank you to Tita Femy for touring us around these must-see sites. Next stop – Valladolid!

If you missed the first part of my Madrid trip, click here.

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