Sunday, November 18, 2018

Cáfe Solo

November 2018 Toronto


Pink Saturday Front St.
Six Word Saturday Royal York Hotel

What a rollercoaster of weather this morning!

Woke to sunshine then slowly watched the view disappear. There is a ten minute lapse between this photo and the sunshine one below.

Mainly a day of travel preparation. Looking at the weather forecast.
Based on this, I may have to rethink some of my heavier sweaters.

My Sunday Photo Remembrance Day Lest We Forget
Inspired Sunday
Shadow Shot Sunday
One Word Sunday Purple
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge Magical Light

Packing and getting ready for our trip!

Monday Depart for Madrid via London
Foto Tunes Elton John
Monday Mural Queen St. W
Our Spanish Itinerary

I went for a mani pedi and then we were ready to leave for the airport at 3.

After check in it was time to hit the lounge until flight time.

Tuesday London to Madrid
Tuesday Treasures Eaton Centre
Tuesday Photo Challenge

Once we landed in London we headed for a big breakfast at Gordon Ramsey's.

Not cheap at 14 pounds! And doesn't include toast. The servers were very knowledgeable about gluten free and they had a delicious gluten free bread.

9:15 flight to Madrid and we both napped the whole way.

Madrid airport.

Our ride to our hotel.

After a nap we headed out to dinner. There are plenty of restaurants within walking distance.

Parador del Jamon, wine, olives, mussels and tuna with tomato and onion in olive oil, and ham and Manchego cheese. What could be better??

Lots of fishmongers and delis as well.

Ham is king here.

Click here for our flights Toronto to London to Madrid and more about our first day. There may be some duplicate photos!

ABC Wednesday Letter S

Although we slept in and missed breakfast in the hotel we still covered a lot of ground.

Some random shots. More photos of our day in my recap.

Our spot for breakfast/lunch.

The Buen Retiro Park is a large and popular 1.4 km2 (350 acres) park at the edge of the city centre, very close to the Puerta de Alcalá and not far from the Prado Museum. A magnificent park, filled with beautiful sculptures and monuments, galleries, a peaceful lake, and a host to a variety of events, it is one of Madrid's premier attractions. The park is entirely surrounded by the present-day city.

Peacocks and roses galore.

Plaza de Cibeles is our destination.

Outside the Prado Museum. It is part of the tour we join on Friday.

My girl Frida.

New entrance.

Plaza de Cibales.

Time to rest these weary feet in a sidewalk cafe and watch the world go by.

We went inside the cafe to use the washrooms.

Re-energized we head back to the hotel.

Back through Parque El Retiro.

Back at the hotel, we relax, download cameras and blog before dinner. W headed to Parador del Jamon, the same place as last night. The food is so good and it is closeby.

A better look at the complimentary mussels and tuna salad.

Here is the link to our day again.

Thursday Doors
A Photo A Week
Kammie's Odd Ball Challenge AGO

We had an early breakfast at the hotel. Plenty of choice but some of the hot items were a little cold, but perfectly adequate. The breakfast area is bright and cheerful with song lyrics dotting the walls.

Gluten free corn flakes, muffins and biscuits.

We decided on a cab this morning to Plaza de Espana.

I haven't done a daily recap yet, too busy!

Our pals, Don Quixote and Sancha.

Strolling the Gran Via, Great Way, sometimes referred to as the "Spanish Broadway", is one of the city's most important shopping areas, with a large number of hotels and large movie theatres; however, in recent years, many of these theatres have been replaced by shopping centres.

The Gran Vía serves as showcase of early 20th-century revival architecture.


Great street signs!

Puerta del Sol square is located in the centre of Madrid is one of the city’s most famous sites. With its semi-circular shape, it is a junction for many of the city’s historical and busiest streets such as Mayor, Arenal, Alcalá and Preciados, as well as the starting point for all major radial roads in Spain.

Coffee break

The Royal Palace of Madrid (Spanish: Palacio Real de Madrid) is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family at the city of Madrid, but it is only used for state ceremonies. The palace has 135,000 square metres (1,450,000 sq ft) of floor space and contains 3,418 rooms. It is the largest royal palace in Europe by floor area.

King Felipe VI and the Royal Family do not reside in the palace, choosing instead the more modest Palace of Zarzuela on the outskirts of Madrid.

Madrid's cathedral,  La Almudena, stands in Hapsburg Madrid has a short but tortuous history. The first plans for the church were drawn up in 1879 by Francisco de Cubas, who wanted to create a pantheon for the late Queen Maria de la Mercedes. The foundation stone was laid in 1883, but when Pope Leo XIII granted a bull in 1885 for the creation of the Madrid-Alcalá bishopric, the plans for the church were changed to become plans for a cathedral.

The church is worth the entrance fee of 6 euros each to climb to the top of the dome for stunning views.
There is also a museum but no photos allowed.


The palace from the dome.

In their saintly presence.

Time for lunch!

Our first tortilla Espanola.

The Plaza Mayor (English Main Square) was once the center of Old Madrid, but today is the heart of Madrid. It was first built (1580–1619) during the Habsburg period of Philip III's reign.

Just another day at the office.

Heading back to the hotel, near Plaza Cibeles.

Back through "our" parque.

It started to rain and we hustled back to the hotel where we decided to have dinner. I had a delicious shrimp salad and John had a Caesar.

Pull Up a Seat Wellington St.
Weekend Roundup Letter T
Weekend Reflections Queen St. W
Wit's End Weekly Photo Challenge

The best laid plans and all that....

Our plan was to walk to Barrio La Latina and let's say John and I had a difference of opinion on how to get there. In retrospect we should have taken a cab and gotten our bearings. Instead we decided to "rely" on our phone GPS.
So how did that work our??? "She" took us so far off track that we finally hailed a taxi and 10 euros later we were at the mercado.

The famous Tabacalera building which once acted as a tobacco factory, is now covered in vibrant murals.

Hopelessly lost once again, thanks to GPS, we finally go onto a restaurant and ask them to call us a taxi!
Time for some wine!

The tour welcome dinner is tonight. Andrea (Italian guy) is our guide. We are missing at least a dozen people due to the storms at JFK. Some will be arriving over the next few days. Some decided to cancel.
Dinner was cream of vegetable soup, chicken leg and vegetables and cake. They were great with providing gluten free options.




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Travel Photo Thursday


  1. Wonderful tour of Madrid - great architecture. The food shots have me so hungry - I woke up a little while ago and haven't eaten yet. #allseasons

  2. I'll have a carajillo, please! I've always wanted to go to Spain, and your photos and the food are making me bump it up on my wish list. Wow! Gorgeous shots and no snow! (ha, ha) Can't wait to see the rest of your trip.

  3. Hello, what a beautiful city and a great tour. I love the buildings, statues, fountains and parks. The food and wine all looks delicious. So many wonderful photos, thanks for sharing your visit. Have a happy day and week ahead.

  4. I've never been to Madrid but Seville is not far from my 'new' home and I've been a few times. Granada is a wonderful memory, and Cordoba too. Enjoy your travels! I arrive late on Sunday. :) :)

  5. That's funny about the directions, well it probably wasn't at the time!
    Love the chart on how to order coffee and wow, the food shots have me salivating. It's fun traveling with you two.


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