Palacio Real, Madrid

As I stated before, I love all things history & geography. Some people become distracted and spend bewildering amounts of time on Facebook & Pinterest; while I'm over at Google maps staring mindlessly at Australia. When I think about Australia, I begin to think about beautiful, colorful coral reefs. Then I suddenly remember my fear of snorkeling and scuba diving. Back to thinking about backpacking in Europe instead. History. Back to history.

Immense, exquisite, majestic. These are a few words to describe the Royal Palace of Madrid. Over 2,000 gilded rooms decorated and furnished more ornately than what you've ever imaged anything could possibly be. We toured the palace with an audio guide, which was totally worth the time spent (some 2 1/2 to 3 hours). The tour covered the most notable rooms, such as dining rooms, the chapel, ballrooms, and bed chambers. The most lavish space I remember would have to be the room in which the ceremony of the King getting dressed took place. Getting dressed, a ceremony? I can relate to that. (My poor husband.)

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Unfortunately, no photos were permitted within the Palace. The scarce few photos on the interior that I'm able to share were taken in areas that photos where allowed. The Royal Palace of Madrid is the largest palace in Western Europe.

 

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These Fava beans are on my list of things I'd fly all the way back to Spain for...... fine dining at La Taverna de Cascajares. Noteworthy place.

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On the stroll home....

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