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On our second day, since we didn’t have breakfast at the hotel. We headed out to get some breakfast. We spotted this fast food local restaurant along Gran Via. It’s called Pans and it offers free wifi, you just need to register. We got sandwiches with cheese and bacon. It was pretty good.


We actually got the full meal and it came with coffee and orange juice. I don’t drink coffee so my aunts had an extra one.

IMG_8342We decided to do the hop on hop off bus tour on our second day. We purchased the 2 day tour at the hotel for 25 euros but you can also get it at the bus itself. It’s very similar to the hop on hop off system you see in major cities like Paris and Milan. You can read about my Green tour bus experience in Paris here. This is what our ticket looks like.

IMG_8350We showed it to the person by the register across the driver of the bus. She issued me receipts plus maps, vouchers and a headphone.

IMG_8351Their bus has two routes, the green and the blue line. Gran Via is on the green line and it has 3 stops along the stretch. This was our ride.

IMG_8349Madrid doesn’t have any landmarks as recognizable as the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona or the Eiffel Tower in Paris so we just cruised along, stopping a couple of times when we felt like it but we didn’t have places in mind we wanted to particularly see. I must say though that they have very impressive buildings, old and new, all throughout the city.

IMG_8360 IMG_8366 IMG_8376 IMG_8380We circled the green line, stopped a couple of times to check out a few places and buy souvenirs. After a couple of hours, we decided to head back to the hotel. By this time, they changed the triple room and this was the view of the room facing Gran Via.

IMG_8421We had lunch and checked out the local market which was located in a building but it doesn’t open until a certain time so we waited. They close at around lunch time for some siesta. We talked to a few Filipinas living there while we were waiting and she was telling us stories and gave us helpful practical tips in navigating the city which is basically be aware of your belongings, don’t flash valuables around, etc.

IMG_8447 IMG_8449We walked some more along Gran Via and the back streets. Finished the night off with some yogurt from IlaoIlao.

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