|one of the crazy characters Plaza Mayor|
|colorful Plaza Mayor|
|King Philip III Plaza Mayor|
I went into the tourist board to get some info on tours to places I was interested in and when I came out the sun was coming out and the skies were clearing so I decided to book a walking tour I choose Sandeman's Free Tours as I have used them in other cities in Europe. You take the tour and then you pay based on what the tour is worth to you. I lucked out and my guide was Edward and he was very good. We walked through some interesting areas of Madrid and our guide told interesting stories and he even had a few people step forward and act out some kings of Spain. At one point we came upon the Madrid Cathedral and it looked beautiful against the sky, which had cleared up. We took a little break in a restaurant and continued our walk.
After the guide left us I headed back to the Catedral de Santa Maria Real de la Almundena and went inside. It had an altar that you had to climb stairs up to. I sat and looked around for awhile before I decided to climb the stairs.
|Catedral de Santa Maria Real de la Almundena|
|quite a climb|
I then walked over to the Palace but there was a sign saying they were closed for several days due to state event so I never got back to look inside. I walked around and then over to the Plaza De Oriente which had a equestrian statue of King Philip IV. There are 44 statues of Spanish Monarchs around the square. The Statues were originally designed to be installed on top of the palace but it was decided they were too heavy.
|Fountain at Plaza DeOriente|
|gardens behind the Palace|
|back of the Cathedral|
|tile on a wall|