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Halloween? More Like Hallow Prague!

(Re)connecting in Madrid on my way to Prague is making me reflect on past trips abroad.


While the rest of NYC strutted down 6th Avenue for the annual Halloween parade, I was on my way to Prague via Madrid. It’s been a few years since I visited, but the MAD airport architecture is just as amazing as I remembered. Infinitely better than the cronut I had while waiting for my connecting flight.

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Pop Art At The Almudena Cathedral

Almudena Cathedral is Madrid’s first Cathedral when the capital moved from Toledo.


The Almudena Cathedral was built on the site of #Madrid’s first mosque. #Spain #Travel #latergram

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On my way to the Catedral de Nuestra Senior de la Almudena (what a mouthful!), I saw the same group of Chinese migrant workers next to a beautiful European building. They resettled to sell their fans on the street. I walked over and bought a red and orange fan for 2 Euros. Their faces lightened up when we spoke in Mandarin. It seems like the familiarity made a small difference in their daily struggle. It was a little piece of home.

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Sauntering Through Plazas In Madrid

Madrid sure has a lot of plazas. Be sure to bring a good pair of walking shoes!


Sunbathing at the Plaza Mayor, #Madrid’s main square. #Spain #Travel #latergram

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The Plaza de la Villa, Madrid’s oldest plaza, contains three main buildings – each with a different architectural style. The Casa de la Villa, also known as City Hall, is designed in a Castilian-baroque style. It’s the home of the City Council of Madrid.

Directly across from the Casa de la Villa is the Torre de los Lujanes, home of one of Madrid’s most aristocratic families. It’s been said that King Francis I of France was held captive here. There’s also the Casa de Cisneros, a palace built in 1957 for the nephew of Cardinal Cisneros, Benita Jimenez de Cisneros. Today the building has been converted to municipal offices.

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