Day 1. A weekend in Madrid

We took the car to Manchester Airport, leaving home mid morning and as we were quite early we decided to stop for lunch at the Trafford Centre (Shopping  Mall) which is north of the airport.   Feeling refreshed, we continued onto the Boundary  Farm long stay car park which is literally at the end of …

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Day 2. Exploring Madrid

  We woke to the sounds of heavy rain which continued until mid afternoon.  Whilst eating breakfast we heard on the news that the UK was experiencing a mini heatwave and a Spanish plume was over the country.  Let's hope Spain gets its sunshine back soon! Our morning sightseeing began sheltering under umbrellas outside the …

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Day 3. Visiting Toledo from Madrid

After breakfast we took the metro from Principe Pio to Plaza Eliptica where express coaches to Toledo depart from.  The journey in a very comfortable air conditioned coach took 50 minutes and terminated just outside the old town.   There are signposts to a series of internal escalators which lead into the old town and …

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Day 4. Visiting Segovia from Madrid

After breakfast we took the metro from Principe Pio to Moncloa where direct coaches leave for Segovia.  These are operated by La Sepulvedena.  We arrived at the ticket kiosk at 9.15 am planning to buy tickets for the 9.45 am service but we were advised that this was already full and we would have to …

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Day 5. Visiting Avila from Madrid

This morning we took the metro to the railway station at Chamartin.  Here we bought return tickets to Avila.  Our train took 90 minutes and only made one stop along the way. Avila is a medieval town lying 70 miles north west of Madrid, its imposing city walls comprise 8 gates, 88 watchtowers and 2500 …

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Day 6. Exploring Madrid

We checked out of the Wo Homitel apartment at 10.00 am.  It had been a good choice of accommodation in Madrid, centrally situated yet quietly positioned just behind the Royal Palace and only a short walk from two metro stations. Our final morning turned out to be warm and sunny, in fact, better than we …

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