They rolled into town on Friday and we spent a very agreeable afternoon eating tapas and going to the Prado museum. Where we saw the regular collection, and it was wonderful.
The next day......
Escorial. Which housed the kings and queens of Spain for many years. It is a small town located in the mountains North of Madrid.
Vuelta a España" (Tour de Spain bike race) was going to end there. Here is a picaresque scene with some non racing bickers on the route hours before the race was due to end. Actually we did not leave the city soon enough and were detoured for some reason down the last 10 kilometers of the track on our way out.
Anyway it was a very lovely city and I could not get enough of the mountains that reminded me so strongly of home.
We surprisingly found the above tree in a park. It is surprising because it is a giant sequoia.