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Madrid part 2

sunny 35 °C

Well our time here in Madrid and Spain are coming to an end. Tomorrow we head back to Barcelona for our final night in Spain and then we will be on our way home.

Today was a hot one 35 degrees, we had a lazy morning and then walked over and caught the Tourist Bus. Its odd here in Spain while the bus's are hop on and hop off, your ticket is good for the entire day. No one ever seems to get off the bus, just more people get on until its full. Everyone just rides around and looks at the scenery. We did get off the bus and go for a couple walks around to look at the area's and get a better feeling of the city.

We hopped off the bus in Chueca area of Madrid which is the gay district, some pride flags were out and they were busy setting up stages and venues for the weekend. Unfortunately we missed the pride parade in Barcelona and we miss the pride parade here in Madrid. But since our trip wasn't specifically planned to take in the pride events, we can always attend Calgary's pride parade.

Back on the bus we continued our way around and got off in the Puerto Del Sol area. The area has a huge shopping district, malls and store's everywhere you looked, and lots of shade that has been created by stringing up banners.

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From here we decided not to get back on the bus, but to walk back to our apartment.

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Madrid has some great buildings and again quite a different architectural style than Barcelona and Seville. There is lots of Roman influence in Madrid's buildings.

After our day out we found this Kebab house around the corner from our apartment. We shared some great fresh hummus and a bbq kebab platter, excellent food. Most of the food here in Madrid has been very good, there are lots of restaurants and cafes. The service just depends on the place, some have been great and others not so great.

As I said before, Madrid is a very large, busy and dirty city. The one thing I will not miss is the cigarette smoke, cigarette butts and garbage all over the place.

Posted by MRCL72 10:06 Archived in Spain

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Those banners are a great idea. Was the photo under it from the Kebab shop? That photo piqued my interest because of the color and the wall.

by Angie

That picture was taken in a little market place we stopped at, the decor of the kebab place was cheesy to say the least. But the food was great.

by MRCL72

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