Madrid Plaza de Mayor

Madrid….half way there?

Madrid, at last!  

The third leg to a five leg beginning: Anchorage to Seattle, Seattle to Frankfurt, Frankfurt to Madrid, Madrid to Pamplona and Pamplona to St Jean (SJPP).  (Camino de Santiago – Madrid)

15 hours of flying, countless hours in airports and buses.  Only thing left is a 3 hour train ride and 2(?) hour Bus ride.  The Layover at the Frankfurt airport hotel was key!  Even with the 12 hour attempt at hibernation, I’m still a bit smoked as I sit here in the Madrid hotel pub. I couldn’t imagine attempting to fly/train/van directly to SJPP and start walking.  That’s too much of a young man’s sport.  

The two day layover in Madrid is a bit of an indulgence as it would be foolish to pass up the opportunity to visit Spain’s majestic old capita with its incredible architecture (old and modern), food and culture.  One can see every color and creed of person walking the boulevards and hear musical notes of many strange languages.  

Apparently a British soccer team is playing the Madrid team in the Euro quarterfinals and the police are out in droves….I guess the soccer hooligans are still a concern.  It was somewhat evident in the Plaza Major with team’s colors in abundance as they sang and chanted in unison their club songs…..as the Policia stood in peaceful, but ready over watch.  But, all in all, the tourist overwhelmed everything and everybody….. no issues this day.  Here are a few more photos from today.  Onward to the Prado Museum tomorrow to learn some ‘culture’ and refinement!

But, all in all, the tourist overwhelmed everything and everybody….. no issues this day.  Here are a few more photos from today.  Onward to the Prado Museum tomorrow to learn some ‘culture’ and refinement!

PS.  As I’m working from a telephone, I’m not sure how this formatting is coming out….so please bear with me if it isn’t visually accommodating. 

Camino de Santiago – Madrid

 

Frankfurt Airport terminal 1
Camino de Santiago - Madrid
Frankfurt Airport

 

 

Madrid Plaza Mayor
Plaza Mayor
Madrid Atocha Train Station
Atocha Train Station Madrid, coolest looking train station I’ve been in!

 

 

 

 

Camino de Santiago - Madrid
Don’t know who he is, but gotta’ have a guy on a horse

Camino de Santiago - Madrid
Selfie at the Plaza Mayor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interesting Links

* Photos along the Camino and throughout the Iberian Peninsula
* Enjoy our Journal Blog about our travels throughout Italy
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Comments

  1. It’s something of a marvel to have seen you in my driveway just a few days back and now in Madrid.

    And so it begins.

    Carry On,

    GQ

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