Oh how I love this city. I have been stationed here twice and there is something special about Madrid. It is a modern capital city with all its hustle and bustle but something about it makes me feel at home. Jean and i loves living here and visiting here. It is a safe and comfortable city where the pace of life and weather are comfortable and inviting. I love the food, the wine, and the people. It is a great walking city. Today we had a driving tour and a guided tour of the palace and old Madrid followed by a lunch of tapas. I wanted to walk back to the hotel which was about 2+ miles away in 82 degree sunny weather. It was enjoyable beyond belief. To walk through the plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, passing Km 0, the PLAZA DE Cibeles, Paseo del Prado, la Puerta de Alcalá, and the Retiro Park each brought back fond memories of happiness that I will cling to all the days God grants me.
Tonight we attended a Flamenco show. Few artful expressions capture the spirit of this culture like the music and dance of the Flamenco. I have lived each show I have seen. It never gets old.
The national Palace: