Well, I’ve been not very diligent as I left “The Springs” on July 27th and arrived in jolly old England on Sunday, the 28th. It was decided that it would be the day we celebrated Suzie’s birthday, so a lovely lunch was scheduled in Bray at a great Italian restaurant. Finally, the seven of us arrived… that being Michele (the middle sister), Gareth, her husband, Ben, Michele and Gareth’s son, Ann, myself, Robert, (Suzie’s husband), and the honoree, Suzie. It was a great lunch…!!!

Between that arrival Sunday and today we managed to consume numerous bottles of wine, an appropriate amount of vodka and get in three games of golf at Badgemore Golf Club. All of this in preparation for our August 1 trip to Madrid.

The most interesting thing I can say about the flight down to Madrid was that is was two hours long. The Madrid Airport (new in the last few years) was fabulous. We were met by our driver, Angel, who transported us into Madrid with a running commentary on the local area. We finally arrived at our apartment and were informed by Angel that the agent was on his way but would be here in 5 minutes. Now, as many of you know, we had a ‘not so good experience’ in Paris regarding a rental. So now, here we are, straddling five suitcases and standing on a street in Madrid, with memories of things past. After about twenty minutes, Ann saw a “Hotel” sign up the street and decided to check it out. Just as she did, Alex arrived with the keys to the apartment, accompanied by much wisdom about the place. When you rent a place online for a one month period is becomes somewhat of a gamble. The take very clever photographs and you’re not quite sure if your not renting “Buckingham Palace”. The place is wonderful and very modern. A great living room that overlooks the street, two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a well equipped kitchen. Photos will follow in the upcoming blogs.

The other way

Toward Plaza de Sol

So, now we are ensconced and both exhausted from a six am start and at 10:20 pm about to call it a night. Tomorrow I’ll tell you about the “granny cart” and our venture in Plaza Puerto del Sol.

I’m attaching a couple of shots from our balcony. One looks a half a block to the Plaza Puerto del Sol and the other in the opposite direction. I must say, a fabulous location.

Regards from Madrid, Annie & Bobby