Here is the Temple. It's hard to take a bad photo of this beautiful spot.
If you look closely, you can just make out two figures on the right side.
The reflecting pool at the back part of the temple grounds.
You can see that the plaza and park in which the temple sits is quite elevated from the street.
In the distance, you can see the mountains.
Looking toward the back of the temple at the edge of the plaza.
Looking out over the valley. In the far distance is the Cathedral Almundena and the Royal Palace.
Another view of the valley below the temple plaza and park. Notice those two domes in the valley?
Don't know what they are, but my guess is - more churches - maybe twin churches...
And then, we walked all the way back to our hotel near the Prado. I have lots more photos that I took on the march, but I did not take any photographs of the sad Plaza Espana where the statues of Cervantes, Don Quixote and Pancho are located in one part; they were all blocked off by construction and the Plaza itself was, sadly, loaded with grafitti and litter. The fountain is still beautiful and the water was on. Even though every single bench in the small park area at the other side of the Plaza was loaded with grafitti people (including me) sat on them and appreciated the falling leaves. The air was still warm when we started back; it felt like autumn rather than January.
Now I'm ensconced in the hotel room again, even though it's nice out right now. I fell asleep at 9:30 p.m. Madrid time last night and awoke at 2 a.m. I laid in bed for an hour hoping I would drift back off to sleep, to no avail. So I finally got out of bed and read the news, etc. and tried to do some blogging, but blogger just was not cooperating last night -- I should say, early this morning. My poor body doesn't know if it's coming or going. Right now my computer is showing Milwaukee time as 8:42 a.m.
I desperately need sleep!