¡Hola! We are in Spain now! We were in Madrid for two days, and now we are enjoying relaxation time at Altea. We have been coming to this house in Altea for 3 years now. I like it better than the villa in Italy because there are less bugs and the house is more modern (air conditioning, hot water doesn’t run out so quickly). There is also a lot to do here– not that there isn’t in Italy. We can go to the pool, or go into town and do different things there. We also visit some other places in the area; we’ll post about that later 😉
So. Back to Madrid. We stayed there for two nights, but we really only had a day and a half there. The first night we stayed in the hotel and had dinner there. We got ham croquettes, of course. SO GOOD! We were very happy with our meal :). The next day our friend Kelly arrived and got to tour the city with her! We hopped on a sight-seeing tour bus and went to a famous market, Mercado San Miguel. It was similar to another market we went to in Barcelona. It was so cool on the inside! They had croquette stands, paella stands, seafood stands, a churros stand and many others! In Madrid they eat churros with hot chocolate. Take a churro, dip it in some hot chocolate and voila! Mmmm mmm mmmm it was scrumdiddlyumptious! I also had chicken paella and a croquette. I was very happy. We also went to the Plaza Mayor, an old square in the city center. Nothing much, but cool to see it.
We were really tired from the long drive the day before (only four hours, but still that’s pretty draining). We didn’t do much else that day. The next day we packed up our bags and Mom and I rushed to the Prado Museum. We looked for the paintings we wanted to see, which included Las Meninas by Velázquez, Adoration of the Shepherds by El Greco, The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch, Third of May by Goya, and some Caravaggio paintings as well. I was so excited to go see those paintings! We only had 45 minutes to go find the paintings we wanted to see, so we didn’t get to see much else. I wanted to make sure to see the paintings and artists I learned about in school this year. It was really cool to see them in person. Mom was impressed with how much I knew about the paintings and artists. It was fun for us to do a speed tour of El Prado. We got in the car afterwards and drove another four hours to Altea, Spain, on the Mediterranean Sea.
Now we can finally relax and be lazy 😛