Today is another cold and soggy day.
Fortunately, we are spending most of the morning in the Palacio Real de Madrid. The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family however it is only used for state ceremonies, which is likely what we ran into yesterday in attempting to visit it.
Construction on the palace began in 1735 in the Baroque, Classicism architecture with the first monarch to occupy it being Charles III in 1764. This palace is huge with a floor area 1,450,000 ft2. It is built on the former site of the old Alcázar of Madrid that burned to the ground over four days. The structure is built around a very large courtyard.
Unfortunately, there were very few pictures allowed, however we did purchase postcards and some along with pics I was able to take are shown here. The rooms we were allowed to visit were extraordinary, especially the Royal Chapel, The Crown Room and the Grand Staircase.
There was also a special exhibition featuring Charles III at the palace and we did take the time to visit.
After spending the morning at the palace, we flagged down a cab which took us to the Museo Naval de Madrid. We grabbed a quick bite and then entered the museum. This is a national museum that details the history of the Spanish Navy from 15th century in chronological order. It was all very interesting however we both tired of it after we had gone through the 19th century.
The rain had stopped by the time we left and we decided we could make the 30 minute walk back to the apartment. It was quite interesting as the pictures show.
Today is our final day in Spain. As I reflect back on our month plus over here, i can’t help but be amazed at what we have seen. To experience Cordoba, Granada, Malaga, and Seville with our friends Cathy and Scott was wonderful and Madrid the last three days proved that we can do this on our own in a country where our language skills are virtually non existent.
Thank you airbnb.com, visitacity.com, expedia.ca, google.ca/maps and translate.google.com. Couldn’t have done it without you. London and the Norwegian Fjords in August.
Jill & Kerry
Footnote: While doing our Air Canada online check in we discovered that our flight had been moved up almost one hour. Fortunately, our time for arrival at the airport was still good. Just goes to show you it is worthwhile checking in on line or at least confirming the flight time.