With only a quick 24 hours to spend in Madrid, I was determined to make the most of my time there.
On day four, that meant an early rise to bike through the city with Kaspar Winteler, the founder and owner of Bravo Bikes. Riding bikes is always such an enjoyable activity and a great way to get some exercise in on a vacation. This particular ride was about three hours long and we covered about five miles of the city. (I used my new Garmin 610 to track my progress and invite you to see the details of my activities along the way — such a cool tool!).
Starting from the steps below the Templo de Debod monument, we went past some of Madrid’s most important landmarks: The Royal Palace, Cathedral of La Almudena, Plaza de la Villa, then passing the San Miguel Market to the Plaza Mayor (main square). We continued through traffic-free zones to the Plaza de Santa Anna and on down to the Prado Museum, climbing gently up to the Retiro park (beautiful!). From there, we stopped for some of the most delicious coffee and pastries I've ever had and then exited the park at the Alcala Gate, continuing towards calle Serrano and Plaza de Colon (Columbus Square).
Today's picture is one of me in front of the Prado museum on a quick break from biking. Madrid has been such an experience—I've lived my short stay here very much like a local taking all sorts of modes of transportation — I navigated the metro system in the early morning hours (1,50 euro one way), took the bus to and from the aeropuerto (2 euro each way versus the very expensive cost of a taxi that runs anywhere between 35-40 euro), I took a taxi home from dinner the night before (10 euro) and later in the day rode in a van for the two-hour trip to the ultimate destination of The Valley of Gredos, a beautiful area where we will be staying our first two nights of the horseback riding trip.
Signing Off Ready to Be in One Place for a Few Days,