Four Continents 2012

Madrid: 17-20 September

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  Our apartment was called MetrĂ³polis and indeed from outside the front door we could see the MetrĂ³polis building and its statue. *
  First destination was Plaza Mayor, in many ways the centre of Madrid. *
   
   
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  Nearby was the San Miguel market, with the usual displays of perfect produce. *
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  And the implements for cooking it. *
  It was lunch time, and people were buying food and sitting at counters to eat. *
  Nick had one of these small servings of Iberian ham, priced at €105 per kg. *
  We visited Madrid Cathedral, completed around 1900, and with some striking modern decoration. *
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  Nearby was the Palacio Real (Royal Palace). It was very opulent inside, but no photos allowed. *
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  Next day we went off by Metro to the Mercado de Maravillas, to the north of the city centre. *
  This was more everyday than the market near Plaza Mayor and was full of housewives buying food for their families. *
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  We visited the Reine Sophia art gallery, which has this striking sculpture in a courtyard.
  And much interesting art work, including a room full of Dali works.
   
   
  Mercado del Raine restaurant: tapas standing at the bar, bistro snacks at tables near the road, restaurant at rear. We ate at the restaurant. *
  Next day, we went to the house of Joaquin Sorolla, a Spanish Impressionist painter who died in 1923. The house is much as he left it, and displays many of his paintings.
   
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  One of the rooms has a painted frieze, including portraits of his wife ... *
  and children. *
  The temporary exhibition area upstairs was devoted to his portraits of his wife, Clotilde. *
  The house is set in an attractive garden. *
  Then across town to the Temple of Debod, which was given to Spain by Egypt in gratitude for Spain's assistance in saving monuments threatened by the Aswan Dam.
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  City centre buildings seen over the temple's pool. *
  The interior has carvings made some 4000 years ago. *
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  On our last night, we ate at this combined deli and shop. As we left, we bought a supply of assorted meats to have as lunch over the next few days. *

Up fairly early the next morning to check out of the apartment and catch a train to Cadiz.

 

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