DAY 4 IN MADRID
The sun nearly had the sky all to itself today. The only clouds to speak of were far off in the distance hanging over the hazy mountains. I can feel its rays warming my back, but I’m not sweltering because a light breeze slides across my face.
Cheerful music is in the air and even though I don’t understand a word of it, I find myself tapping to the beat. I’m slowly sipping out of a glass of crisp white wine overlooking a magnificent view of Madrid. From up here, it’s apparent that it is the third largest city in the European Union. The city looks like it goes on forever. Streets and orange tiled roofs as far as the eye can see.
I can spot the intersection of Gran Via and Alcala, where minutes ago I was standing in awe of the Metropolis building with its striking black and gold covered dome in complete contrast with its bright white base.
There’s a unique building we see that rises above the rest in the Salamanca neighborhood. It looks like a gothic design with two angels facing out. I ask the waiter if he knows what the white building is called so we can navigate to it afterward. We find out later it is the Basílica de la Concepción de Nuestra Señora.
We spot the beautiful Palace of Communications building and the prominent telecommunications spire behind it.
It is a perfect day and we found the perfect place to enjoy the weather.
I can’t help but feel blessed that this is just the beginning of our long adventure.
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A beber y a tragar, que el mundo se va a acabar.
Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.
Know Before You Go
- Entrance fee to the rooftop: 4€ per person (wine sold separately)
- Location: Alcala street 42
- Hours: Open daily from 9:00am to 9pm; Friday and Saturday open until midnight.
- Tip: Go midday to avoid crowds.