2015-10-18 Madrid, Spain

The Madrid Railway Station
The Madrid Railway Station complete with large indoor garden
Museo del Prado
Today we again board the hop on hop off buses near the Museo del Prado
Fuente de Cibeles
Once again we pass the Fuente de Cibeles
Puerta de Alcala
The flowerbeds look amazing in front of Puerta de Alcala

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At lunchtime we stumble upon Platea
At lunchtime with the weather deteriorating we stumble upon Platea
 The fabulously busy eatery  which comprises of several floors is  situated in a central shopping centre
The vibrant and very busy eatery, which comprises of several floors, is situated in a central shopping complex
 To entertain the customers, every hour a group of talented staff members circulate the room with Flamenco dancing
To entertain the customers, every hour a group of talented staff members circulate the room dancing Flamenco to loud Spanish music
We finally secure a table and order some drinks
We finally secure a table and order some drinks
There are 2 floors of food outlets, all serving amazing Tapas
There are 2 floors of food outlets at Platea, all serving amazing Tapas
We first had to sample some Peruvian food
We first decided to sample some Peruvian food
 These amazing Peruvian empanadas were so delicious
These amazing Peruvian empanadas were so delicious
From another place we sampled grilled salmon with vegetables and a curry dish which were wonderful too
From another place we sampled grilled salmon with vegetables and a curry dish which were wonderful too
Plenty of seafood was available at Platea
Plenty of seafood was also available at Platea
 Ric could not help himself and ordered some delicious looking tarts
Ric could not help himself as usual!! He ordered some delicious looking tarts
A friendly group at the next table enjoying a few drinks
A friendly group at the next table enjoying a few drinks
After lunch we returned to the hop on hop off tourist bus to see a few more sights
After lunch we returned to the hop on hop off tourist bus to see a few more sights

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Templo de Debrod
Templo de Debrod
The Royal Palace
The Royal Palace
The weather slowly becomes cooler with a few showers
The weather slowly becomes cooler with a few more showers

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The Almudena Cathedral from the south east
The Almudena Cathedral from the south east side
Finally the rain starts coming down heavily so we decide to get off the bus at the closest point to our hotel
Finally the rain starts coming down heavily so we decide to get off the bus at the closest point to our hotel, buy an umbrella and return to our accommodation

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