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Old 07-13-2013, 08:36 PM   #1
Realbetis
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June 8, 2013 Mediterranean via the Magic & Spain Pre-Trip (w/pictures)

Part I – Madrid & Toledo
This is our family’s (Me, DW, DS (11) & DS (9)) third cruise and second with Disney. We went to Alaska about the Disney Wonder in August 2011. We had a great experience during our Alaskan cruise. We were in a one-bedroom suite on our Alaskan cruise, which we enjoyed. For our Mediterranean cruise we chose a Category 4A (#8526), which turned out to be a great stateroom for our cruise. DW and myself have travelled through Europe many times, but this was our boy’s first trip to Europe.

Pre-cruise:

We flew Delta using points through Atlanta from the western US. We arrived in Madrid on the morning of Sunday June 2nd. The kids handled the flights better than expected due in part to our points upgrade. We took a taxi from the airport to our hotel, Hotel Europa (a Rick Steve’s recommendation, great location on the Puerta del Sol), where we would spend four nights. After some churros y chocolate and a long siesta, we went to the Reina Sofia (free on Sundays) to see Picasso’s “Guernica.” We also enjoyed watching the religious processions that evening for the San Isidro festival that crossed most of the historic center.


Puerta del Sol, view from our hotel room.

View from our bedroom.

Plaza Mayor.

Churros y chocolate.

Calle del Carmen, view from our hotel room.

Day two started at a very important cultural site for our family, Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu Stadium tour. This was great for my boys (and me). After the tour we headed to the Palacio Real (Royal Palace). We had pre-reserved tickets for the Prado, which we enjoyed later that afternoon.


Heading down the player tunnel.

Picture from the field.

Palacio Real.

On day three we did a day trip to Toledo. Madrid and Toledo are connected by a high-speed train that takes about 25 minutes. We booked the train tickets in advance via the RENFE website. Once we arrived we found a taxi and asked our driver to take us around the outskirts of Toledo, which gave us an incredible panoramic view of Toledo and the surrounding countryside. Our taxi driver dropped us off at the Toledo Cathedral. We spent well over an hour touring the Cathedral, which is one of my favorites in Spain. Our boys loved their audio guides on this tour, and the various other tours we went on. The rest of the day was spent walking through Toledo’s beautiful streets and touring the many sword shops. We also visited the Sinagoga del Transito, one of two well-preserved synagogues in Toledo. Toledo was definitely one of the highlights of our trip.


View of Toledo from across the Tajo River.

View of Toledo.

Toledo Cathedral tower.

Inside the Toledo Cathedral.

Toledo street.

Toledo street.

Toledo City Hall.

Hebrew inscription from the Sinagoga del Transito.

Last edited by Realbetis; 07-14-2013 at 09:44 PM. Reason: Label pictures.
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