|Subject: Re: Spain and tour books|
I loved the Eyewitness Guide to Madrid. It was really great. My mom
and I went there last Sept. It was her first time to see Spain and I
carried that book along so she could see what everything would look
like before we saw it.
I loved visiting Alcala de Henares. They don't push that much really
but I spent 3 years living there and they have a charming Plaza Mayor
that looks the same as it did many years ago, the people were
different than Madrid people, very friendly like I remembered the
Spaniards being. I just enjoyed walking the town. The shopping area
there is totally covered, we were there when it was raining quite
hard but it let up after a bit. You can visit Cervantes house, the
university there and I just enjoyed walking around the town and
seeing the old churches with the stork nests on I was trying to find
our old apartment but there are too many apartments there now. My
mom really enjoyed going there and wished we had allowed more time
for Alcala. It was easy to take the train out there and didn't cost much.
Avila is a wonderful city to visit and I wished we had alloted more
time for that also. In Madrid I visited the Monasterio de las
Descalzas Reales for the first time, It's off the Gran Via near
Puerta del Sol. It's 16th century architecture and had quite a few
Treasures in it. Tours were only in Spanish but it was very interesting.