Father/Son Outing to Madrid
Today, Tyler and I went downtown to go to the Naval Museum. Much like my other outings, I took a lot of photographs, 165.
We started our journey by walking over to the small shopping center by our house. I needed to stop by and get some money for our adventure. When we left the shopping center we walked to the Metro Ligero station at Somosaguas Centro. I stopped to take a photo from the bridge. As a result, we missed the first train. We had to wait for nearly 20 minutes for the next train. They just don’t run as frequently on the weekends.
We rode to Colonia Jardin and switched to the Blue line. From there we rode to Principe Pio where we switched to the Opera line. Once at the Opera station we switched to the Red line and rode to the Banco de Espana stop. From there, we came above ground and walked to the Naval Museum.
The museum was much larger than I anticipated. Tyler seemed to enjoy it too. We both took a lot of photos. It was actually a free museum; however, they did ask for a 3 Euro donation per person. We did pay that fee.
After we left the museum we just sort of walked around aimlessly. We ended up sitting on a bench in the median of the street, Paseo del Prado, listening to a man playing guitar. He was so good that we ended up buying two Cd’s from him.
When we left him we walked around Plaza Cibeles. With us were hundreds of our “friends” walking around. We came across a small band playing on the street corner. We dropped a few Euros in their donation box.
From there we tried to find a sidewalk cafe where we could have lunch. We could not find anything we liked so we continued to walk to the west. We finally found a small sidewalk cafe that suited us. On the main street, a menu del dia ran 15.50 Euros per person. We took a side street about a half-block off of the main street. Our lunch was 18.00 Euros for both of us.
From there we made our way back to the Metro. Once we got to the Blue line we ended up at the front of the train. Tyler discovered he could see through the door, out the front of the train. He decided he was going to take a picture. He did not know his flash was on. When he took the photo, the operator snapped his head around very quickly. Tyler thought he was going to get in big trouble so he tried to hide behind me in the corner. It was really quite humorous, especially because some security guards happened to be standing right where we got off of the train. He thought he had been “caught”!