Day 1 Madrid

I forgot to post this earlier, this is the Parador in Santiago, nothing like the one Leon. I went in to check it out.

I forgot to post this earlier, this is the Parador in Santiago, nothing like the one in Leon. I went in to check it out.

So we roll our suitcase down the hill. First a few snags, Al is now suffering with the same malady I had. Men are such babies! (Al’s Note: woman always think this!!) Anyway, that is our first issue, #2, we have no hotel for Madrid, we thought it would be easy to just book, but with no Wifi, not so easy. We had hoped the train would have Wifi, nope. So we arrive in Madrid, find tourist info, no free wifi at train station, come on. In one ice cream store they had wifi, so we buy ice cream, I have no problem with that, we just spent 5 hours on the train and all I had was a bag of nuts. We gave up on free wifi after trying and losing connections it seemed like a hundred times. So I turn to Al, “lets just call AT&T and get a data package, it’s pushing 4pm, we have no place to stay. ” he goes for it. We then spend time on the phone with AT&T, but in the end we have a place to stay.
So we left Santiago at 9am and didn’t get to our hotel until 5pm. We choose to stay here at Santo Domingo Hotel for just a couple of days because it was in the center of Madrid and had good reviews. Then we would move for 2 more days to be by the airport, remember our early flight. Turns out we are glad we did this. We do not like our hotel. European room, which means small, very small. No bathtub, no chairs, no room to move. There were good things, we were just 5 minutes from the palace, the opera, the theater district. That was nice. Two grocery stores right around the corner. 
Subway, literally across the street. Would I stay there again, no. Wifi, only in the lobby. They advertise free wifi, but you have to sit there in front of everyone. Pain in the butt.
That’s why I am only catching up now, 3 days later. Sorry.
So I will make this one short, include some pics, and start right into the next day, when I got robbed. 
Until then,
Be well.

this was called Neptune's Fountain,One of the many plaza's

One of the many plaza’s

Their streets are are mix of old and new, very pretty buildings

Their streets are are mix of old and new, very pretty buildings

A view down the street

A view down the street

This church was tucked in behind the Prado Museo

This church was tucked in behind the Prado Museo

Me on the street

Me on the street

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