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Trip Report Back in Madrid-the end of the road

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I am now back in Madrid in my hotel room getting ready to go home. It feels like so long ago, I was in Madrid but it was only a week. It has definitely gotten more crowded with the holidays. You can't go anywhere without wall to wall people. Am glad I'm getting out now. Plaza Mayor hotel is okay for a night but I have a room overlook the plaza and it's noisy as hell.:( Plus there are more and more Americans here now the second language I hear is English.

Was sad to check out of Hotel Amadeus, I spent a little money on a superior double but the Rostropovich suite was superb-off the main hotel in the back and recently remodeled. The bed was so soft which is probably why I overslept and had to pack and shower in a hurry. Checked out and they called a cab for me and I got to Santa Justa with time to spare. So I searched for a breakfast spot and got my cafe con leche, croissant and zumo-which I guess is orange juice?

Train ride was packed-naturally but the AVE was smooth and quiet and I fell asleep until Madrid.Decided to walk to hotel and forgot that hotel was uphill-gasp. But what a beautiful day after a rainy Seville morning. Sunny and warm though the Madrid women still wear their leather jackets tights and boots. Meanwhile I'm in my skirt and bare legs.:) Shopped at El Cortes Ingles for some souvenirs-bought some tiny olive oil for the folks and a fan for my niece. They say it was made with Spanish wood but I have my doubts it's made in Spain for 12 Euros. But my niece won't know the difference.

After some lunch at San Miguel Market-more crowds and a lunch of paella, olives and sangria(that was the best sangria I've tasted!), I decided to go to the Parque del Oeste and ride the Teleferico-the cable car. Had to take the Metro but the park is beautiful-a bit like Central Park with high-end apartment buildings on each end. Saw some nice vistas of the Palacio Real and walked to the lookout point. I then found the cable car entrance and for 5.50 round trip took my ride. It was a fun way to end my stay-thought people afraid of heights might shy away. As I was the only one in the car, I did wonder at one point how many people they lose in Teleferico accidents each year. As I bob and swayed going over the park, I had a great time filming everything-so much so that when I got off-the attendants all rolled their eyes after I told them it's a great ride. Hey, it doesn't take much to make me happy. After looking around a bit on the other side of the park, I rode the cable car back with great views of the city. If you've done everything else in Madrid and want some place with a little green space I highly recommend doing this. It's pretty fun.

Now I'm going out to dinner and then coming back to go back home early tomorrow morning. I hope this report has been somewhat informative and I've had fun writing for the past two weeks. I will be back tomorrow with my final thoughts-other than I need some more time to go visit places.:)

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