This is the first of several posts about our 10th anniversary trip to Spain & Portugal. We flew out on May 24th and arrived on the 25th. We forced ourselves to stay awake during the day and toured some of the sites in Madrid, including the Prado Museum. I have to admit I was half asleep walking through the museum, but we made it through to a 7:00 PM bedtime and slept 12 solid hours to get right onto their time without a problem.
Here was our hotel in Madrid - Hotel Europa right in Puerto de Sol, which was pretty much the center of everything. We opted to not have a room overlooking the square because of the noise and we needed our sleep. But it would have been nice to have a view of the action:
Our instructor took pictures while we were riding - this one I didn't even know he was taking:
We stopped at a rose garden which was in full bloom (though the photo is too bright):
More steps towards the end of the tour:
Matador getting tossed
After the bullfight, we went back to the hotel to get up for an early train to Seville. Only I couldn't sleep this night because (1) I was haunted by the bullfight and (2) in the middle of the night we got a text that Eric was having an allergic reaction to amoxicillin. Just like his brother, he was covered in hives that were not responding to Benadryl. And thankfully my mom was well aware of Evan's reaction and hospitalization for his reaction, so, after a Facetime conversation, she took him off to an urgent care to get steroids for treatment. Poor Eric and my poor mother - I felt bad for everyone! But after a few hours on the medicine, he started improving. And compared to Evan's reaction, this wasn't nearly as bad.
All in all, we agreed that Madrid was our least favorite stop on our trip. It just felt too much like a big city and did not have the charm of Seville and Lisbon, which we visited later. That being said, we both agreed that our favorite activity of the entire trip was the Segway tour. We were only in Madrid for a day and a half, which was the perfect amount of time before heading off to Seville. Details to come in my next post.