Orientation in Madrid

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Before moving on to the final destination of Oviedo, Temple students spent their first week in Spain exploring the city of Madrid and visiting historic locations in and around the autonomous community of Madrid.

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The Royal Palace of Madrid is technically still the official living quarters for the Spanish Royal Family, but it’s now mainly used for state ceremonies, such as honoring a national holiday or receiving a foreign ambassador. Public tours of the palace offer visitors a chance to observe its interior.

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El Puente de San Martin (Saint Martin’s Bridge) crosses the Tagus River to allow travelers in and out of the city of Toledo.

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Built sometime between the 1st and 2nd centuries, the Roman Aqueduct of Segovia has carried water to the city for nearly 2,000 years.

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In the streets of Segovia, this man was kind enough to play us a tune on his clarinet, while his dog barked and danced along.

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Cochinillo, or suckling pig, is a traditional dish in Segovia. The roasted piglet is cut up with a plate before being served.

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The Alcázar (castle) of Segovia is quite picturesque; it’s said that the designers of Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World drew their inspiration from this and a few other European castles.

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Mike and Becky share a laugh with our tour guide, Gerry, at the garden outside of El Escorial, a palatial residence that was once the home of King Philip II.

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Alisha points to the medieval town of  Ávila, which is protected by huge, fortified stone walls.

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Madrid is full of festive lights during the Christmas season. There’s always something happening at la Plaza Mayor.

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Madrid, and many other Spanish cities, have some very interesting and artistic graffiti. This phrase translates to: ‘in the heart of the city.’

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