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Plaza de Cibeles

It was some time since I had flown from Liverpool but it seemed b far the cheapest way. i was pleased to find that at last the John Lennon Airport had recognised that not everybody comes by car and thee is now a shuttle bus from Liverpool South Parkway station. I ate sandwiches on the plane and arrived in Madrid in early afternoon. I really have difficulty understanding why anybody uses a taxi from the airport. I had several changes on the Metro to reach Gran Via station but the system is so efficient that I never, in the whole break, waited more than 4 minutes and only once more than 3.I don't know that I expected the Hostal Splendid to look splendid - it would have cost more. However I did expect to see something like the photo of it.

Gran Via 1
Obviously I should have realised that I would have to walk with a crick in hte neck to see it but I was not yet attuned so I walked up and down past it quite a number of times. Eventually I discovered a very small notice among many in a vast building - up five floors in the lift and BINGO - I had arrived.

I decided not to try to do to much but save my energy for the days to come but I had to eat somewhere and it seemed pathetic not to have a bit of a wander. I went past the Bank of Spain to the wonderful Plaza de Cibeles. This was the first place to display something that was to drive me a bit daft - roadworks and building works. The photo of the Placio de Telecomunicaciones is genuine enough but it actually had to be taken next day from the top of a tour bus to see over the works fence!

Then I went by notes I had made at home into the Calle de las Infantas and found a tapas bar, which well met my mood.

Glynnes says:
That's a lot for one day.
Posted on: Jul 31, 2010
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