|Spectacular Spain - Madrid|
After resting a little Saturday afternoon, Sharlene and I walked several blocks around the hotel to orient ourselves with the area. At 6pm we attended an orientation cocktail party. A Guide gave an overview of our trip, we introduced ourselves to the other travelers, had our documents checked by Kaye and drank a glass or two of sangria.
On our walk we found a mall adjacent to the hotel that was having a chocolate exposition. The chocolate was sooo fine and attracted so many people we could hardly get through the crowds. Sharlene noticed that most of the women were wearing neck scarves, so that first day she bought one. After our walk we had dinner in the hotel's restaurant with the rest of the group.
Sunday morning we were up and ready for the Madrid Tour. But first, we had a fabulous breakfast buffet at our hotel, the Holiday Inn. As it turned out we felt the Holiday Inn had the best breakfast of all of the hotels we stayed in on this trip.
Madrid is a beautiful modern city and the new capital since 1561. Our local city guide directed the bus to several key sites on our way to the Prado Museum, the highlight of this day in Madrid. On the way we drove through the Puerta del Sol, the Times Square of Madrid, stopped at the Plaza de Espana with its monument to Cervantes, the Parliament, and Paseo de Castellana.
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