Saturday, April 24, 2010


The highlight of the day was a trip to the Prado, a world famous museum in Madrid. Ann was in heaven with paintings she had heard about but never seen in person. Unfortunately, we were not permitted to take photos of anything inside the museum so memories will have to do.

We headed south to Toledo which used to be the capital of Spain. It’s built on a hill and is fascinating to explore in the old part of the city. The streets are barely wide enough for one car to get by so it’s largely a pedestrian area. The weather was wonderful with full sun and temperatures in the 70’s. We haven’t yet adapted to the eating times of the local population. Breakfast is practically nonexistent, just a cup of coffee. Lunch comes between 1:30 and 4:30 with dinner served from 9:00 to 10:00, mostly at 10:00 or later. Even with these late times, you still see lots of people out early in the morning on their way to work, don’t quite know how they do that. We’ve gotten in a snacking routine more than formal dinners and lunches. Go with the flow as they say.

At night the city is ablaze with lights and it’s especially dramatic with the city being built on a hill. So we played tourist and just drove around town at night snapping pictures. We didn’t get back to our hotel until 10:30 (when most people were in the middle of their dinner!) It’s further south on Sunday for our last day before boarding the boat.