Today is Good Friday. It is a holiday in Spain, so virtually everything is closed. We decided to take the Madrid Vision bus tour. These are double-decker buses. The top deck is open air. There are two routes; one is old Madrid and the other is modern Madrid. Each tour takes about 75 minutes. While riding the bus you can also listen to the audio of the tour in several different languages. You can get off and on the bus all day on the day for which the ticket was purchased. All in all it was not worth the 17 Euros per person that we paid. As it ended up, it was really just transportation.
We got off at the Palacio Real (Royal Palace). We could not go in because it was closed due to the holiday. From there we walked to the Plaza Mayor. After some shopping and a tapa we walked to the Puerta del Sol. While we were there I was able to get a photo of Madrid’s signature bear and the strawberry tree statue. After that we walked to the Retiro park. We had a light lunch there.