I was really surprised by a number of scooter available for a short rent. Those were everywhere. There were a lot of people on scooters as well. Even google maps always suggested an option to go with it and how much faster it would be than just walking.
Spaniards really love squares (:
The food courts at San Miguel market didn't seem from economy range. It was more like exhibition of nice looking overpriced food. So I gave it a quick glance and moved further.
Ran into Jamon "museum" by accident (who got the idea to call a regular shop as "museum"?). Funny, but they even sold soe species of duck "jamon".
Spaniards love gambling. Thus there is a line to buy a lottery ticket.
Got into guard change at Royal palace. However it was rather simple. Nothing special.
This bear is one of city symbols. It's even on the coat of arms. Not sure whether there is a lot of wild bears around, but I bought a magnet with one :)
Royal palace is very impressive. It was built by Arabs, but I wouldn't say so looking on interiors. There's a plenty of wealth stuff inside, but everything looks in the right place. I wouldn't change a thing.
A short break with churro and hot chocolate. Tastes good, but two rings is more than enough. Otherwise it's too sweet :)
In the evening the weather was absolutely wonderful. It was the right time to take a walk in the park.
Every now an then I saw street musicians or guys who wanted me to take a picture with them for a tip.
Book fair. There were a plenty of options even for 1 euro. However looks like I still didn't learn Spanish well enough.
Parking is a pain in Madrid (and in Spain as well). In big cities it's way too expensive. If you got 15 euro per day in Madrid you can consider yourself lucky. However the have plenty of paid parking. There is something in walking distance in city center from almost any place.
Second pain is one way street and containers. In the night janitors come to take the garbage away. That completely stops the traffic on a specific street. Sometimes they also wash a street in the night. This also stops the traffic. I spent more than half an hour riding in circles, cause all the streets navigator suggested me were blocked.
From the other side there is a way to save some money on Prado museum. 2 hours before closure they start let people in for free. You better arrive earlier. There is a queue of people who want a free entrance.
I'd say 2 hours is more than enough to get your head full and need for a break. After 2h it was impossible to digest more works :)
Tapas for a dinner helped me to clear the head and relax after a busy day.