28th November 2018 – last day in Madrid

I don’t want to see more grand buildings based on a western Europeanised history, nor any more related stuff from each of the past 4 or 5 centuries.  That weight of the past seems to rest on me, fall on me, flatten me. I’ve got the message – people designed and built according to the fashions and creative opportunities of the day. I accept that some of those vintage creative ideas could be used as is or modified to make contemporary living even richer.  But I no longer want to know.  This creates a problem for me. Every step I take outdoors involves passing through those ancient environments. After revisiting my new 2018 question yesterday – does this add value to my life? – I cannot feel that it does. Currently. Maybe on another day under different circumstances, my answer would be different.  When I leave my hotel room today, I will only be in search of ‘proper’ food. However, maybe something will grab my attention and lift my interest.  I only have to live through today because tomorrow I am off south to begin my experience of Moorish architecture in Cordoba. I have high expectations of pleasure in those ‘discoveries’.

When I left the hotel after much walking, I found a dish of vegetables for brunch in a very pretty restaurant.   Followed it with a lemon gelato combined with cava (Spanish sparkling wine).  Refreshing.  IMG_5032.JPG

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IMG_5037.JPGAt the end of the afternoon I entered a supermarket that stocked pre-prepared salads some of which I ate for dinner in my hotel room. So my food problem was solved for today.

I learned that I could have attended a Mahler concert tonight but, since I am coughing too much, the enjoyment of others would be severely compromised and I haven’t gone out.

Earlier in the day I passed the Opera House – new performance of Turandot starts at the end of the week. IMG_5039.JPG

IMG_5042.JPGI accidentally reached the Royal Palace – public access closed for 3 days while the Chinese President is having a State visit. Thankfully not many people around. IMG_5041.JPGWalked back over a tall viaduct.IMG_5045.JPGFound Plaza Mayor by accident.   IMG_5046.JPG

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IMG_5055.JPGExited from the Plaza through an archway into a tiny street.IMG_5056.JPGFascinated by food, its preparation and presentation.  The Iberico ham varieties.  IMG_5028.JPG

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IMG_5031.JPG  The colourful pizza varieties (like little painted tiles) ready for take away. IMG_5057.JPG

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IMG_5060.JPGThen I tried to find my way to a post office.  After walking endless streets, I eventually found it in a retail store on the seventh floor down the back after going up and down endless floors of escalators with red handholds rather than black, on the differing advice of various shop assistants.  More or less walked for 5 hours and returned to the hotel in the darkening afternoon.

Some sort of ‘work’ being done in this hotel. Its almost 9pm and the noise isn’t good.  Oh how I will enjoy writing my Trip Adviser on this hotel!

4 thoughts on “28th November 2018 – last day in Madrid

  1. HI HELEN.
    SORRY YOU HAVE A BAD COUGH, BUT YOU ARE HAVING A WONDERFUL TRAVEL EXPERIENCE,
    THOSE BEAUTUFIL COUNTRY SIGHTS AND BUILDINGS AND BEAUTIFUL CHURCHES.
    ABOUSTLY JUST BREATH TAKING AND AMAZING. ENJOY AND KEEP WELL FOR THE REST OF YOUR JOURNEY. LOVE FROM BEV AND CHARLIE. XXXX

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    • Hi Bev and Charlie. Great to hear from you and pleased you are enjoying the read and the photos. As you know only too well from your travels, the world is a wonderful place. I am yet to write up today’s stories but, again, its been marvellous. Cheers, Helen

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  2. Hope they return payment for it! Am slowly getting through the blogs and showing them to friends. Am in clinic again for a couple of weeks respite 😉 your blogs are cheering me up Thank you so much for your beauit xwill Attp

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    • Hi Cath Glad you are still enjoying the blog posts. You will be pleased to know that my access to WordPress is back and so the stories can return each day from now on. Hopefully they will entertain while you are in the clinic and when you leave. Cheers, Helen

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