Madrid, Spain—Plaza Mayor

Every Plaza Mayor in Spain is wonderful and so is the Plaza Mayor of Madrid. The Plaza Mayor measures 129 m × 94 m (423 ft × 308 ft), was built during Philip III’s reign (1598–1621). According to Wikipedia.

 

 

But before you enter the plaza I suggest you go next-door to the food market, a very pretty building, also filled with energy.

 

 

 

The Spaniards know their ham like the French know their wine.

And the sausages.

 

 

Tapas or other dishes for lunch

I know that not everybody likes fish, but there are a lot of fishermen among  the Spaniards.

 

Tapas and dessert.

And of course the ubiquitous fruit stand.

And the desserts.

 

 

 

There is all you need at the Market in Madrid. And of course drinks.

Casual and relaxed eating.

But we must go into the Plaza Mayor.

The three-story residential buildings have 237 balconies facing the Plaza.

The day we were at the Plaza Mayor there were also soccer fans in blue jerseys!

 

 

 

 

 

Helping tourists who do not know Spanish.

This is what we saw as we left Plaza Mayor. A piece of real life.

It is hard work to be a tourist.  S.

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