Here are some snapshots of our time in Madrid. I think our favorite spot was the large park in the middle of the city. We went on a paddle boat, the kids played on the playground, and we walked through a maze of bushes and trees while eating ice cream. Definitely a fun day!
The second day we had a pouring rain, but that didn't stop us We decided to make it a game for the kids, by racing from cover to cover and jumping over puddles (or in Hope's case, jumping IN puddles). Here we are as we arrived at the Royal Palace in Madrid. Richard ended up sacrificing for the team by waiting in line for over an hour in the rain (no umbrella!) for us to get in.
The palace view from the church steps where we waited to get inside.
A quick 5 minutes of sunshine... hurry get a picture!
The church view from within the palace gates.
Most of the palace rooms were what you would expect. Elaborate decor, large molding, and detailed floral wall papers. This room, was my favorite. Doesn't it look like something out of Disney's Beauty and the Beast? I can just picture Lumière, the candlstick, dancing across the table as he sings.
After the palace we had the most amazing Spanish meal! Best food out of the whole trip. Here is Gabriel eating every last bit of his fish soup. Yum!
It was a quick weekend trip, but worth it just to say we've been there.