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Madrid, Madrid, Spain
January 20, 2002
-- Start from "Plaza de la Villa" (next to Calle Mayor), where the Town Hall is located. The plaza is a beauty, and so well preserved that you could film any XVI century-based movie there without moving anything.
-- Read the plates in the building fronts and have a peek at the courtyards: some of Madrid's oldest surviving buildings are there - most of them are municipal offices.
-- Take a short stroll from the narrow streets that start in "Plaza de la Villa" towards calle Segovia (Cordón, Rollo, Conde streets...). This is the "Madrid of the Austrias", so called becaused it was built in times of the Austria dinasty (XVI c).
--When in calle Segovia find your way up (Costanilla de San Pedro, Costanilla de San Andrés, calle Anglona, calle del Almendro...) to Plaza de la Paja (one of the most beautiful plazas in Madrid) and then to Plaza de los Carros, behind the huge church. This is the "Latina" barrio. Oh, you'll find a lot of excellent tapas, wine bars and small restaurants around... and there is also a great nightlife in this area!
--Want to go home? - Latina metro station is nearby.
Hint: If you start yor walk in Plaza Mayor and finish in the old "San Isidro" Cathedral (both near the proposed starting and ending points, making it slightly longer) you have covered most of the "Madrid de los Austrias".
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