Madrid: A Saturday in October

It’s a cloudy day in Madrid.  I have a Saturday without a hangover (it’s a miracle).  I better make the best of it.

I decided to go to Plaza Florida near my house(principle pio).  I walked around the plaza and found a place with churros and hot chocolate.  It’s a classic dessert in Spain. The steam in the chilly air and the yummy fried goodness was a perfect way to start my day.

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Next, I went to Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida, it’s a small chapel with Goya’s frescoes and tomb. The neo-classic building was built in the 16th century under the rule of King Charles IV of Spain.  Felipe Fontana was the architect however it is Goya’s frescoes that transformed the space from a simple chapel to a notable landmark.

The fresco depicts St. Anthony reviving a murder victim.  Goya’s frescoes use subtle pastels with stunning detail. His tomb is the center piece of the room with a colorful stone alter behind it.  Small chandeliers of dancing angels light the room.  Mirrors are all through the chapel to help you examine Goya’s masterpieces in great detail.

Glorieta de San Antonion de la Florida 5 +34-915-420-722 http://www.madrid.es/ermita

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After the chapel, I walked by the river.  There was a beautiful bridge across from the chapel.  It had locks like the iconic bridge in Paris. It has a great view of the Teleferico.

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Then my friend text me about the medieval festival in Alcala. So I took the 45 minute train there.  It was fun: beer, food and crafts.  I ate a SEVEN cheese pizza.  It had bleu, tierno, cheddar, mozzarella, brie, parm and something else.  It was so gluttonous!

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After all of that, it began to rain heavily. It isn’t often rainy in Madrid but when it does everyone tends to stay inside.  So I turned on the Netflix and curled up in bed.

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