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Below is the itinerary for Women on the Verge Vacations:  Madrid which inspired the photo book, España.

MADRID • September 20 – September 28, 2014

Saturday, Sept. 20 –
• Check into Hotel Quatro for 2 nights. http://www.hotelquatropuertadelsol.com/en/
• Explore the neighborhood
• Lunch at Café del Principe http://www.cafedelprincipemadrid.es/
• Rest time
• Saturday dinner at Taberna Alhambra (sangria & tapas) http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g187514-d1775780-Reviews-Taberna_Alhambra-Madrid.html

Sunday, Sept. 21 –
• Explore El Rastro Flea Market in La Latina Neighborhood http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Rastro
• Lunch at the fabulous Market San Miguel http://www.mercadodesanmiguel.es/
• Walk through Central Madrid, ending at the Cathedral http://www.catedraldelaalmudena.es/
• Afternoon bus tour giving overview of Madrid http://www.gomadrid.com/madrid-vision/
• Rest time
• Tapas at Taberna Malaspina and La Finca de Susana  http://www.tabernamalaspina.com/
http://www.grupandilana.com/es/restaurantes/la-finca-de-susana
• Drinks and dancing at Why Not? Bar in the infamous Chueca neighborhood. http://www.yelp.com/biz/why-not-madrid

Monday, Sept 22 –
• Check in to rental apartment:
http://www.spain-select.com/en_US/rent-apartments/ruiz-de-alarcon-i/origin/66ee4dcac657b2e8d952de44d8464e39/agent/fc2895367a039dbe5e21a9d843ed76bf
• Lunch at famous fried Squid restaurant or Market San Miguel
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g187514-d2086925- Reviews-Bar_La_Campana-Madrid.html
•Afternoon at the Prado Museum, seeing some of European Art’s greatest hits (including Velazquez, Goya, Titian, and Bosch’s “Garden of Earthly Delights”) https://www.museodelprado.es/en/
• Rest time
• 8pm Dinner of Roasted Suckling Pig at La Botin, the oldest continually operating restaurant in the world (and one of Sarah’s – and Hemingway’s – faves!) http://www.botin.es/?q=en
• After dinner Churros and Chocolate from San Gines http://www.chocolateriasangines.com/Chocolateria_San_Gines/Bienvenidos_a_San_Gines.html
• Rooftop drinks at Circulo de Bellas Artes, a cool art center with a bar
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g187514-d4366948-Reviews-Atico_Del_Circulo_de_Bellas_Artes-Madrid.html

Tuesday, Sept 23 –
Lazy morning enjoying the fab apartment!
• Shopping near Puerta del Sol http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerta_del_Sol
• Lunch on your own
• 3pm – Historical Walking tour of Madrid with New Madrid Tours (beginning at Plaza Mayor and ending at Retiro Park): http://www.newmadrid-tours.com/
• Rest time
• Dinner at Bosque Tapas Bar, Kaixo http://www.tabernakaixo.com/
• 10:30pm Flamenco Show at Casa Patas http://www.casapatas.com/

Wednesday, Sept 24 –
10am – Bicycle Tour of the City (4 hours) with Bravo Bikes http://bravobike.com/ (sights include the Egyptian Temple of Debod at Park del Oeste, the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, houses of Cervantes & Lope de Vega, Retiro Park)
• Lunch at Restaurante Lateral in Santa Ana Plaza http://www.lateral.com/
• Walk by CaixaForum Madrid Art Space with a cool vertical garden http://www.agendacentrosobrasociallacaixa.es/es
• Rest time or Shopping in Salamanca http://www.yelp.com/search?cflt=shopping&find_loc=Salamanca
• 9pm Dinner at El Pimiento Verde in Salamanca, a Basque cuisine restaurant with the best artichokes in the world and tasty fish  http://www.elpimientoverde.com/

Thursday, Sept 25 –
High speed morning train to the Medieval town of Toledo http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toledo,_Spain
Guided tour of the town (including the famous synagogue, early mosque, and cathedral) http://www.turismocastillalamancha.es/patrimonio/museo-sefardi-sinagoga-del-transito-2264/visita/
http://www.turismocastillalamancha.es/patrimonio/mezquita-del-cristo-de-la-luz-14664/visita/
http://www.catedralprimada.es/
• Lunch on your own and shopping
• Train back to Madrid
• Paella dinner at Restaurant St. James http://restaurantestjames.com/

Friday, Sept. 26 –
Move to the loft in Plaza Mayor https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/569948?euid=874ec576-9a71-27b9- f16f-edd1ec336b92
• Lunch at Market San Miguel http://www.mercadodesanmiguel.es/
• Reina Sofia Museum, featuring some amazing work by Salvador Dali, George Braque, Joan Miro and Pablo Picasso (including his uber famous “Guernica” mural!) http://www.museoreinasofia.es/en
• Free Afternoon / Shopping
• 7:30 Drinks at the Bullfighter’s Bar, La Torre del Oro http://www.torredeloro.wellsoc.org/
• 8:30pm Fab Goodbye Dinner for Terry & Peggy at Gastromaquia http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g187514-d1024062-Reviews-Taberna_Gastromaquia-Madrid.html\

Saturday, Sept 27 –
• Massage and soak at the amazing Hammam Al Andalus http://madrid.hammamalandalus.com/
• Shopping and Rest Time
• Final Dinner – Take out Tapas and Wine from Market San Miguel, eaten on the balcony overlooking Calle Cuchilleros and Plaza Mayor. Heaven!

Sunday, Sept 28 –
Adios!