Madrid - Day 2

Madrid - Day 2

We started second day from breakfast in Museo del Jamon. Eggs & bacon, toast with jam and coffee breakfast costs 7.50 EUR

Some guy is blowing bubbles.

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Some couple is marrying.

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After the breakfast we went for a walk to San Miguel market.

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It’s not a usual farmers market. Mostly they sell tapas here and there are few bars open till late at night.

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Lots of meat.

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Strawberries.

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Cherries. Pretty expensive.

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Oysters.

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Near to the market we found bicycle rental office. One bike costs 11 EUR for half a day (5 hours) or 16 EUR for the whole day (till 8 PM). Also you need to leave 100 EUR deposit or block the amount on credit card. We rented two bikes for 5 hours. Our route looked something like this:

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The city has a lot of hills and for untrained bikers (like us) it would be hard to go around. We’ve visited the park near to the palace once more.

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Almudena Cathedral view.

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Then we went to the Temple of Debod. It was originally built in Egypt, but in 1968 it was presented to Spain by the government of Egypt for their help in building Aswan High Dam. The temple was decomposed, transferred to Madrid and built back again. The line to get in was too big so we decided to go further.

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On our way to Atocha train station we drove by the San Francisco basilica. По дороге на вокзал Аточа проезжали собор святого Франциска.

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Inside was another wedding.

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Everything is covered in gold.

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Toledo gates. Part of the wall, which was surrounding Madrid once.

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Atocha train station. In March 2004 it became a target of a terrorist attack. Bombing in 4 trains killed 191 people and wounded around 1,800.

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Part of the train station was turned into tropical park dedicated to the victims of the attack.

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Turtles are living in the pond.

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Lots of turtles.

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After the train station we visited Retiro Park nearby.

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The park is very big and green.

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King Alfonso 12th monument.

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Alleys.

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In the evening it started to rain so we decided to hide in Prado museum. The taxi from our hotel to the museum costed us 6 EUR.

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From Tuesday till Saturday from 6 PM till 8 PM the entrance is free. We were not the only ones who decided to hide from the rain, it was pretty crowded inside.

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Prado museum, side view.

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Velaskes on the chair.

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It was a bit cold at the evening :)

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Doors.

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Scientology House. Bred Pitt must be somewhere around :)

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Hotel with a lizard made from CDs.

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We visited Volapie tavern.

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Tapas there are very good.

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But a bit pricey.

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After the tapase we walked around the city in the night.

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Plaza Major in the night.

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Inner yard.

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Almudena Cathedral.

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