customs until you leave the EU. It's like traveling the United States.
Flying from Portugal to Spain is like going from Tennessee to Kentucky. Like Americans, Europeans are over COVID-19 and have no masks except on public transportation and flights in the EU Zone. Going through security at the Airport was a breeze; it's highly automated, and the trays automatically come to you. No laptops or other devices out of the bag. No shoes or belts off.
Well, we are settled in for the next 5 days. We are beat; I went to the grocery store after we checked into the Apartment. I took some pictures on the way. Madrid is much busier and more modern than Lisbon. Can't wait to get out to see it. For dinner, we had a store-bought empanada and sautéed Pumpkin in butter with Dates and Raisins. I bought the Pumpkin by accident and thought it was papaya. It was very good.
We visited the Madrid Central Market for some Tapas on our first day. We then walked Rick Steve's Historic Madrid City Walk. Then, we took the Metro down to the Toledo Gate.
The original Central Plaza Mayor was from the 1500s when the Spanish Inquisition executions were held. Up to 50k people would crowd into the square to watch the new creative ways they killed them. Most were burned alive, but some were slowly strangled with a garrote while a priest prayed over them. Phillip III is on a horse in the center, and you can buy an attic studio apartment on the Plaza for around 500k euros, and the prices increase from there.