Asleep till nearly 11, slow start to the day. Breakfast was enjoyed on the patio, consisting of cereal [not from the Hunters]. Out the door and walking by quarter to two. Headed for the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, the home field of Real Madrid [the local soccer team]. This stadium is of substantial size, with a seating capacity of more than 80,000 people. Tickets for the tour [self guided] came to about 25 Euros each [36 CAD], but we were there for roughly 3 hours, so the price gouge was slightly diminished.
Nico has apparently done this tour 4 times previous, but really wanted to show everything to me. We opted to go without the audio guide, as I was walking beside one already. We walked through many places of the stadium, the largest part being the Hall of Fame area. A lengthly corridor containing hundreds of trophies, memorabilia, video, etc. Ropes were set up to guide us in the direction to go, as well as security herding us along when required.
Here are the boots used in the early days of the team [1910-1930s], followed by the current ones.
After watching the performance, and touring around a little more, we headed to a rooftop hangout area. There is a restaurant and bar at the top, but we just went up to look out. Looking out cost me four Euros [around 6 CAD], and we were there for about a half hour. It was pretty breezy up there.
View from the top:
Another full-ish day here tomorrow, taking the train to Zaragoza [where Nico lives] tomorrow evening.
For those wondering, the time difference is 9 hours ahead of Vancouver time.
Weather was low to mid 30’s, with it staying warm again into the evening.
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