I’m starting to get excited…only a few more weeks!
If you didn’t read my previous post on VaughanTown, read it before you read this. It will make more sense. You can use the search function to find it under VaughanTown.
The big question is what to bring. We will be in Madrid for 3 days which is a little warmer and then on to the village where temperatures average 51 to 61 degrees. I’m thinking 70s for Madrid. The village is casual and I don’t bring dress up clothes unless it is absolutely neccessary…so, layer, layer, layer…
The hotel we will be staying in Madrid is Hotel Lope de Vega you can see a bit here http://www.hotellopedevega.com/accommodation-en.html the hotel celebrates the life of the famous playwright by theming its 7 floors and rooms after his life. Gosh, I’ll have to find out what room we will have. They provide a free book about the hotel and a timeline of the history of Spain. I emailed them to request it and received it in a week. I’m very impressed!
The hotel is in old town Madrid and close to the “Golden Triangle of the Prado Museum, Thyssen Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum. We are also close to Retiro Park (sort of like Central Park in NYC) and several main squares for shopping and restaurants or tabernas (taverns) for tapas (snacks)…and the Metro to get around.
The Metro system looks very extensive. Hopefully we can figure it out. The 2 biggest problems are figuring out which way to go on a line…and which exit to take. If you take the wrong exit you can end up a block or two out of your way. I learned this the hard way. This is obvious to people that live in cities with big Metro systems, but there are no subway systems in Michigan. There should be…especially between the suburbs and Detroit…but that is a another huge subject…!
There are so many things I want to see in Madrid…I hope there is time. Three museums, several tapas bars, gardens (of course), shopping…
Back to Valdelavilla…I’m bringing a deck of cards for teaching or playing card games like Euchre.
I’m also bringing a game played with Mardi Gras beads. Every time you get a person to say a particular word, like yes or no, chosen ahead of time…the person loses all their beads. Everyone starts with one necklace and the winner is the one with the most necklaces after a specified amount of time. It can get really competitive and hilarious!
If you look for this city (Valdelavilla) on a map of Spain…or on the internet…good luck finding it. It is about 3-4 hours northeast of Madrid…in the middle of nowhere Spain! The closest larger city is Soria. I’m not looking forward to a bus ride of 5-6 hours. We do make at least one stop for lunch and to stretch our legs, thank goodness!
Stay tuned for more posts on VaughanTown and Valdelavilla, Spain!