Day 2

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Atocha Rail Station

We arose early and went to breakfast at a little restaurant near the hotel called Cafeteria Veneto.  We had some churros, tortillas de patatas, and coffee.  It was a great meal!  We took the #53 bus again towards Sol.   Once again, this time due to construction, we could not get all the way to Sol.  We were let off close by and walked over to Puerta del Sol.  We rode the Metro line 1 to Atocha station because we were going to try and go to Toledo.  Unfortunately, we had barely missed a train to Toledo and the next one was not for four hours.  We decided to not go and did a little shopping at the Atocha Station.   After, we took Metro line 1 back to Sol.

Plaza de Espana
  From there we took the Metro line 3 up to Plaza de Espana.  We walked around the area and then found a place to eat.  It was called Restaurante Lupita and was a Spanish/Peruvian restaurant.  We had some chicken paella and some Inca Kola!  Yummy lunch!!!

After lunch, we continued on Metro line 3 to Moncloa, where we walked around the Parque del Oeste.  We just relaxed in the park for a couple of hours.

Later we went back on the Metro line 6 to Nuevos Ministerios and changed to line 10 to go to Plaza de Castilla so we could see the Kio Towers.  After some quick photos, it was back down to Nuevos Ministerios where we did some shopping at an El Corte Ingles store.  That place was amazing and they are located all over the area.

Don Quixote
  We were getting hungry and were thinking of just going to the same place we did the previous night but found a place that worked out better.  We rode the Metro line 6 to Avenida de America and exited the station to find  Hontanares Restaurant and I am glad we did.  It was excellent and the staff was so nice to us.  I had some tapas of tortilla de patatas and patatas bravas which were awesome!  I also helped my wife and daughter finish their big meals.  From here we went back to our hotel.

I checked the return flights to see how things looked.  We had planned on going home through Brussels because the flight had more seats from there.  I had been to Brussels in 1993 but my family never had so we would spend a day there.  Well, the direct flight from Madrid to New York was holding up with about 20 open seats in business class but full in coach.

Torres Kio
  We decided to just take the direct flight and skip Brussels.  One day I will get back to Brussels.  We went to sleep so that we could arise at 5am.  We were lucky to get an extra hour of sleep due to the time change.

We had an early wake up and left for Madrid airport.  We went to opposite route on the Metro as when we first arrived.  We were at Barajas at about 8am for our 10:30 flight.  We checked in and went to the gate.  We also had a quick meal of croissants and coffee.  At about 20 minutes before departure, we cleared business class again for our flight to New York.  We sat down in seats 1A, 1B, and 1C and settled in.  It was a choppy flight most of the way but not unbearable.  Our meal was a starter of grilled shrimp, carrot and ginger soup, and a salad.

Faro de Moncloa
  The main course was a New York steak.  The starters were good but my steak was not.  I had more gin and tonics and another ice cream sundae for dessert.  Before arrival, we had a hot ham and cheese sandwich that was really good.  Our arrival was on time at 2:10pm.  The customs and immigration process was quick and painless.  We were out at the curbside within 15 minutes.  We took the Airtrain at JFK to terminal 4, where Northwest is.  I knew the flights to pretty much anywhere this evening were all full but we would try anyway.  Not going to happen.  I got on the laptop and booked a hotel on Priceline.  We got the Marriott Courtyard at La Guardia airport for $75.

The next morning, we woke up at 8am and went to LGA airport where we caught the 11am Delta Connection flight to Indianapolis.

I really loved going to Madrid and will be back.  Spain is the homeland of my wife's family so she really had a good time, getting to see places she has before when she lived there.  The weather was just perfect!

vulindlela says:
Toledo will be a good reason to return...
Posted on: Mar 28, 2010
vulindlela says:
Thank you!
The majority of the time we are in 46K also but do luck out every now and then...
Posted on: Nov 01, 2009
rotorhead85 says:
What a great way to see the world! A jaunt like this would take most of us weeks ... and having to ride back in 46K!
Posted on: Nov 01, 2009
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Atocha Rail Station
Atocha Rail Station
Plaza de Espana
Plaza de Espana
Don Quixote
Don Quixote
Torres Kio
Torres Kio
Faro de Moncloa
Faro de Moncloa
Don Quixote
Don Quixote
Atocha Rail Station
Atocha Rail Station
Plaza de Espana
Plaza de Espana
Plaza de Espana
Plaza de Espana
Plaza de Espana
Plaza de Espana
Plaza de Espana
Plaza de Espana
Arco de la Victoria and the Faro d…
Arco de la Victoria and the Faro …
Torres Kio
Torres Kio
Paseo de la Castellana
Paseo de la Castellana
Torres Kio
Torres Kio
M-30 highway
M-30 highway
On Delta 127 from Madrid to New Yo…
On Delta 127 from Madrid to New Y…
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