Well it’s not my fault that this week’s Saturdays in Spain post turned into another Sundays in Spain post. I actually typed up the below post ahead of time to take into account the fact that I would be moving on Saturday. However, I did not take into account that I would be without Internet access on Saturday to click “publish” and I cannot stand using blogger on a phone so hence the delay. Sorry for the tardiness although I sincerely hope that next week will be back to Saturdays in Spain. Enjoy!
While there were cities in Spain that I only had the chance to visit once, Madrid was one that I was fortunate enough to visit on multiple occasions. This was a blessing since on my first visit to the capital city the weather was abnormally cold (well, for Spain that is) and miserable and I ended up getting sick thus not leaving me with a very favorable opinion of it. However, the arrival of springtime also brought the arrival of my dad. The time I spent in Madrid on my second visit was simply glorious. The weather was perfect and unlike during my February visit, snow had been replaced with a bountiful array of flowers in full bloom (my thought is there can never be enough flowers). On my dad’s last day in Spain we packed in a slew of attractions to visit but one of my favorites was simply seeing the Plaza de Cibeles. It’s a square with a neo-classical complex of marble sculptures with fountains and is delimited by four important buildings: the Bank of Spain, the Palacio de Buenavista, the Palacio de Linares and the Palacio de Cibeles. It’s probably one of the most photographed images in Madrid and standing near to it, it was easy to see why. To me the plaza evokes images of fame and grandeur and most importantly, a strong sense of national unity.