We set off from Lourdes early in the morning and had another big travelling day. We crossed the France/Spain border near the coast and it was amazing the difference between the two countries. The multitude of fields of sunflowers and maize continued but it quickly became drier and more like Central Otago.
We arrived in Madrid at 5.00 and immediately took the bus on a tour of the city with a local guide, Julianna.
It is like London and Paris, a very large capital city and combines the old and the new in its history. We explored the Place de Mayor and other prominent buildings around the old city.
I came across a couple of small children in a doorway. As soon as I approached them they set a pose for a photo and called over their younger brother. Very cute and reminded me that some people have been brought up to respond to tourists.
After we had settled into our hotel we set out again about 8.00pm(late for us) for a meal and entertainment at the oldest restaurant in Madrid.
The meal was just OK but the entertainment brilliant. We went back to the hotel full of Sangria and with Spanish music ringing in our ears. We just had to finish that off with a group of fellow travellers in our room for a nightcap.