Time for tapas
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After a refreshing fruit yoghurt drink for breakfast we headed off to the meeting point for the free guided walking tour of Madrid. The tour starts off at Plaza de la Puerta del Sol and with the aid of an english speaking guide we were shown around the city and given an insight into the history of Madrid and the various areas within. The tour lasts around 3.5 hours and a fair amount of ground is covered. It was a great way to spend the middle of the day. We visited the areas which had the old markets, a section of the ancient wall, the huge palace, a number of churches, the various locations where the old gates once stood, a few of the main plaza's and much more. The guide was very informative pointing out other areas which might be of interest to visit later.
After the tour, we stopped in for a coffee and churos as an early afternoon snack. Not the same type of churos we've had before as these weren't sweet, but they went well with a coffee - by themselves you might be overwhelmed by the oiliness of them. After a siesta - which seems mandatory these days considering nearly all the places close mid afternoon for a while - we decided to go for a late lunch/early dinner. We went in search of paella, but this place is full of tapas so we found a nice little place which was quite busy and sat outside to enjoy some good food. The guide had mentioned that there was an Egyption pyramid just past the palace so we went in search of that. It was a bit longer walk than we had expected, but we eventually found it. However, it wasn't a pyramid but an ancient temple. It's situated in a nice big park which gives some good views of the suburbs and back to the palace. After we'd had a look around the sun had gone down and we made the trek back to our hostel for the night.