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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Magic Madrid

Just back from a fantastic few days in manic, magic Madrid. I feel like I've been hit over the the head with a big stick marked "Full-on Spanish experience". It may take a few days to come back down to earth.

Speaking of coming down to land, the holiday was spoilt but only briefly, with a 7 hour delay in Madrid airport before British Airways cancelled our flight.

We were given little information other than to follow the man in the red coat to a bus that would lead to a hotel for the night. And so, a horde of hungry, tired travellers followed the man in the red coat, like a stampede of bulls chasing a red flag. Some of the stampede waved irate copies of the Daily Mail at the BA matador, throwing down insults and complaints, but he brushed them aside. We followed the flock onto the bus and were driven to a 4* hotel at BA's expense (and this at a time when the company reckon they can't afford to pay their staff a living wage). Shame on you, Willie Walsh.

It was late, time for dinner and we sat down in the hotel to a 3 course feast and a bottle of plonk. The food was edible, but only just. Breakfast was better, and then it was back on the bus, back to the airport and finally back home to a decent cup of tea.

Madrid is truly magic and if you haven't yet been, go.

6 comments:

Steve said...

Sounds wonderful. Definitely on my "to go" list.

Fran said...

You must have enjoyed Madrid as you sound amazingly chipper about all the delays. It made me smile, the image of everyone just 'following the man in the red coat'. He could have taken you anywhere!

Old Cheeser said...

I've been to Barcelona, which was pretty amazing, but not Madrid. One of my favourite filmmakers, Pedro Almodovar, sets many of his films there - usually including gorgeous, chic and fabulously dressed women (and the men aren't too bad either). So I quite fancy going some time. Glad you had a good experience, in spite of the airport delay.

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Flaming Nora said...

Old Cheeser - we actually SAW Pedro Almodovar and he was filming in a back street in te city centre early one morning!!! I love his movies too.

Old Cheeser said...

Wow!! That is TOO much of a coincidence. Lucky you ... must have been shooting his next movie.

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