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An April 2002 trip to Madrid by Harry Potter

Plaza del Sol Photo, Madrid, Spain More Photos
Quote: Madrid has some of the best art museums of any city in Europe. Experience the beauty and peace of the Real Jardin Botanico and tastings at La Trucha. Staying at budget Hotel Astoria made this visit to Madrid very affordable.

Madrid . . . museums & more

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Overview

Plaza del Sol Photo, Madrid, Spain
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Satisfying moments of recognition as turns into rooms of the Prado brought famous paintings in sight, attempting to speak Spanish and actually having people understand me, not having to wait more than 2 minutes for any Metro train, waking up to instant coffee from the Nestle coffee machine at Hotel Astoria, snapping a photo at the crowded Trucha bar as the Madrilenos chuckled calling me "tourista". Quick Tips: Keep your wallet tucked away well and your purse close to you, I unfortunately witnessed a tourist get pickpocketed by a group of young girls. Buy a 10 trip transportation card at any Metro station - it's good on both the bus and Metro and costs 5 Euros versus .95 Euros per trip. ...Read More

Hostal Astoria

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Hotel

Hostal Astoria Photo, Madrid, Spain
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I booked this hotel on the Internet before I arrived. They call it a hostal and it is located on the 5th floor only of its building. Each of the 26 rooms are private with TVs and air conditioning and the bathrooms have hairdryers attached to the walls. My single room was small with a double bed, but adequate and clean. The location was great . . . less than 5 minutes to either of 2 Metro stations and about a 10 minute walk to the Prado. I arrived at 10:30am, and unlike many other places where you can't check in that early, it was no problem getting into my room which was great after a long red-eye flight. The women working behind the desk continued with this accomodating disposition the e...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 24, 2002

Hostal Astoria
Calle Carrera San Jeromino, 30, 5th floor
Madrid, Spain
(34) 914 291 188

Trucha

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Restaurant | "La Trucha"

Trucha Photo, Madrid, Spain
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There is supposedly another branch that gets even more crowded, located at Manuel Fernandez Gonzales, 3 (the street also known as Carrera de San Jeronimo), but I couldn't find it located there, so I opted for this branch which was also very crowded. Like many others inside, I didn't have reservations, so I chose to eat standing up at the bar counter like them. Those people not attached to the bar counter held their plates or drinks in their hands in the bar area and it seemed like I was in the midst of a cocktail party with a lively, friendly crowd. The boisterous, smoky atmosphere in the bar added to the effect. The upstairs area of the restaurant only has a few small tables sectioned off by...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 24, 2002

Trucha
Manuel Fernández y González, 3
Madrid, Spain 28014
+34 91 4293778

Prado Museum/Museo del Prado

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Attraction | "Museo del Prado"

Prado Museum/Museo del Prado Photo, Madrid, Spain
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The Prado contains over 9000 paintings. (The museum attendants didn't know the exact number). Thus it is nearly impossible to see everything in one day and this was my second visit. I was actually the first visitor to enter the Prado on the day of my visit, because I knew from the last time to arrive even before the doors open at 9am because by 11am, it is not as pleasant to walk around with the hordes of people and it only gets worse as the day gets later. Free floor maps come in Spanish or English and are well marked with directions along with the numbers of the rooms. Each room has the Roman numeral on the wall entrance to it. However I also chose to buy a floor plan book in the gift s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 24, 2002

Prado Museum/Museo del Prado
Calle Ruiz De Alarcón 23
Madrid, Spain 28014
+34 91 3302800

Real Jardín Botánico

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Attraction | "Real Jardin Botanico"

Real Jardín Botánico Photo, Madrid, Spain
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The Botanical Gardens, just down the street from the Prado, contain over 3,000 types of plants and over 100 species of trees. The grounds are split into 3 sections and also include a spectacular exhibit hall and a botany library. There is a leaflet available in English. All the plants are well-marked with signs indicating their species and where they are from. The flowers and plants appear in rows bordered by perfectly manicured walls of green bushes. The vibrant tulips mixed of red and yellow appear like a blaze of fire in the shining sun. There are also some sculptures and benches on which to relax along the periphery of the garden so the atmosphere can be soaked up in your own time. The...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 24, 2002

Real Jardín Botánico
Plaza de Murillo, 2
Madrid, Spain 28028
+34 91 4203017

Snake in the Shower

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Story/Tip

Snake in the Shower Photo, Madrid, Spain
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I have to share this story, although it is not about a real snake in the shower. If the incident had been videotaped, it would probably make the cut for Funniest Videos, well then again, maybe not since I was naked. I have attached a picture of the shower and "the coiled up snake" from my room at Hostal Astoria. First, let me say this was not the FIRST time I had used this type of shower with a water hose rather than the usual permanent shower head. You may be able to see the small white plastic hook high on the shower wall where the hose can be attached so it need not be held the entire time during a shower. I proceeded to hook the shower hose on it so it would be similar to the permanent s...Read More