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Cultured in the capital

Day 13 & 14

rain 18 °C
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Paul has been looking forward to today since the last time we were here, six months ago. The reason being, there is a bar here where you can get beer and tapa for only one euro, a novelty in Spain, particularly in the capital, quite a reduction from Ouistreham. We're not going to do any sightseeing because we have done it already. We discussed doing the tour of Madrid football stadium, which we didn't get round to last time, but it's forecast to rain so we decide to stick to indoor activities, like eating and drinking. We get the train to Puerta del Sol which is the main square in Madrid and the forecast was right, it does rain and so a struggle breaks out on the streets for umbrella space.

For starters we head in the direction of Mercado de San Miguel which is an old covered market that has been modified to the demands of the 21st century. Inside is alive with an assortment of fresh produce and various bars, cafes and scaled-down restaurants. It's a bit more crowded than the last time but we're slowly learning to be more like the Spanish and just push other people out the way.

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No time is wasted getting stuck in to the posh nosh, we sample some fois gras and have our first taste of caviar, washed down with a glass of sangria. We move from vendor to vendor, grazing on everything that catches our eye and stop for a glass of wine to decide whether or not it's cake o'clock. But a second thought leads us to the fish counter for oysters and champagne.

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With our taste buds tickled it's time to head towards the euro bar, but along the way we discover a marquee holding a feria del jamon! Ham festival! They must have known we were coming.

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We finally reached the euro bar, a bit later and a bit fuller than planned so we didn't stay long. That's not to say the day was over, once we got the train back to Leganes there's a twenty minute walk back to the hotel. The amazing thing about Spain is there are beer pumps everywhere. Today's case is the petrol station, a few jars whilst you fill up. We'll stop here again on our way back to England in six months. Bordeaux may have been the nicest city we have visited so far but for overall enjoyment, today has been the best.

Posted by Slackster84 14:51 Archived in Spain Tagged culture street festivals spain madrid sightseeing tourists entertainment hamandcheese

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