Afterwards, Lee and I enjoyed an authentic Andalusian lunch at a little hole-in-the-wall restaurant. We couldn't identify most of what we were eating, but really enjoyed it. Red wine is a standard drink at all meals, so I am in heaven.
I had planned to do shopping in the really cute village before heading back to Madrid, but, once again, the unusual Spanish schedule changed my planes. We completed lunch around 4 PM, which is siesta time, and all of the stores were closed. The streets were deserted. It was a very surreal feeling. So, Lee and I headed back to Madrid. I will have to do shopping another day.
Lee and I are resting this evening instead of going out to dinner. We are exhasted and have not been sleeping well. Our bodies are very confused by the siesta schedule. We are sleeping in 4-5 hour increments, with dinner in between. We decided to get a good night's sleep tonight and skip dinner. (However, our exhausted bodies did crash and we took a two hour siesta. I am hoping that doesn't mess up my hope for a full night's sleep.)
Time to call our boys and go to sleep! Buenas Noches!
Here are a few pictures from our day:
El Placio Real-Monestario de El EscorialThe king's apartments surround this courtyard. His summer quarters are on the ground floor and his winter quarters are on the second floor.
El Escorial with a view of the village San Lorenzo de El Escorial in the background.
A view of the countryside from the train ride.