This is Plaza Mayor. Originally it was made of wood and housed bakeries, but it burned down a total of 3 times and was finally reconstructed with stone.
Restaurante Botin, which is the oldest restaurant in the world. I'm not exactly sure how one would go about determining that, but they have a certificate, so it must be true.
|Restaurante Botin certificate|
The Catedral de Santa María la Real de la Almudena was only recently finished. It was under construction from 1879 until 1993. Apparently a lot of people are not very happy with the construction because many architects were cycled through and there is no one style of architecture. I have to say this is true and it is not a very impressive building.
Overall, I am impressed with the beauty of Madrid. All of the buildings are nice to look at and there are so many plazas, outdoor cafes, and parks. It seems like people enjoy being outside here so much more than other cities I have been to. There are so many museums and with that comes a lot of TOURISTS! I am so surprised at how much English I can hear just walking down the street. The majority of shop and restaurants also speak English. I'm kind of disappointed in the people of Spain. I heard that they were so friendly and helpful, but every experience I have has been the opposite. Oh well, traveling here is still a lot of fun and yesterday afternoon I found the most amazing place in the world: The National Geographic Store and Cafe! We spent a while there looking through the photo books, movies, clothes, and magazines. The have a huge TV room with movies playing, pillows all over the floor, and books lying around. I educated myself about our solar system....did you know that it has 11 planets? Whoa...