last day in Miami was spent hiking around. We went to the
Lincoln Street mall, which was huge, and then walked around the
area to see the sights. Our flight was around 7pm, so the
balance of the day was preparation for the flight.
The photos below are what we saw.
sweet young thing fancies herself as a model. She was
cute, but her buddy was using an iPhone which is not the best
vehicle for photos.
continued walking until we hit Biscayne Bay. The cranes at
the port of Miami are visible in the distance.
were some very nice condos next to Biscayne Bay.
returned to our hotel via the Lincoln Street Mall and spotted
this cool "thing".
flight to Madrid left Miami at around 7pm and showed up around
10am (Madrid time). The Madrid airport is huge, but very
modern and very clean. Customs was non-existent which was
a surprise. Gladly, we did not need a visa which was good
because we did not even check. Our hotel was downtown and
we had a nice view out of our balcony. Above is the tower
of the hotel.
was a theater across the street from the hotel.
hotel was on "The street of the dangerous virgin". Aren't
statues on the roof of the building across the street from our hotel.
headed to the Plaza Mayor, we passed this private casino, the
"Casino de Madrid". Ornate and exclusive.
statue. The folks on the right are watching the street
young folks sitting around. The fountains seemed to provide
a focal point.
"famous dead dude" on a horse. That quote is an
infamous line from "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" when Ted
is asked by the history teacher about Napoleon.
plaza reminded me of Trafalgar Square in London. I have no
idea how this fellow "mounts up".
of tourists on the move.
variations on a theme.
all the buildings in the area were "mixed use" where the ground
floor was commercial and the upper floors were
residential. Note the nice colors and details in the iron
work on the balconies.
passed a specialty store with many kinds of custom hams.
of humanity on the move after work.
was a very large police presence on the street. Above,
Steve chats with one of the officers.
springtime, the trees were in bloom.
to Spain would be complete without a pitcher of Sangria.
We got pleasantly buzzed while eating tapas.
of buzzed, the Plaza Mayor was filled with drunk futbol fans
getting ready for the big soccer game the following day.
the trash on the ground from the empty cans.
hooligans is the correct term. They were singing in unison
(sorta). There was a heavy police presence complete with
riot gear. These guys were hammered. As it turned
out, trouble happened later that night after we left the
area. The BBC stated:
the painting on the walls.
"famous dead dude" on a horse in the middle of Plaza Mayor.
frequently seen on chain link fences in Paris, love locks are meant
to show a couple's undying devotion. Right up until they
are divorced, of course. As they say: "Love is
grand. Divorce is a hundred grand".
streets to Plaza Mayor were awash in folks checking out the
sights. The paseos were lined with ornate brick and stone
were a number of nice fountains near the plaza. Note the
intricate ironwork on the balconies.
This church was close
to the plaza. Note the impressive carvings above the
An impressive tower,
but clearly contemporary due to the brick work. I do not
know if the church was refurbished or if this is original.
The interior was
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