Saturday, January 26, 2013

One last morning in Madrid before returning home

This was our last morning in Madrid and in preparation for our journey home we walked to the San Miguel Market for picnic supplies for the train. San Miguel is popular gourmet market where people go for wine and tapas. Our first purchase was some Comte cheese followed by four small crusty buns and some rosemary grissini. Little marzipan cakes were our choice for dessert along with mandarins from the huge fruit stall. There were lots of jams at another stall, gelato, wine bars, and seafood stalls where your choice could be cooked on the spot. We had a cortado at the coffee bar before leaving the market.

Our return journey to the hotel took us through Placa Mayor. It was the first time we had been there in the sunshine and it was a treat to look up at the artwork on the outside walls of the center apartments.

Once again we took the high speed AVE train back to Figueres Vilafant. Not too far from Madrid there were patches of snow in the fields. We thoroughly enjoyed our picnic choices that were much better than those offered on the train. After a short, comfortable four hours we arrived at Vilafant feeling much better than we would after a plane journey.

It was very pleasant to see the bright, blue, cloudless sky on our drive to the Port with the snow covered mountains in the distance. We return to tranquility.

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