Leaving Temple Square
Coming up from the Metro at Plaza de Cibeles. At far right is our teacher and guide, Gian Carlos Gorgino (I have no idea how to spell his name; I'll have to find out) from Italy.
City Hall at Plaza de Cibeles
Guards outside Banco de Espana at Plaza de Cibeles. I found out after taking this that pictures are NOT allowed! They were not happy campers. Notice their funny hats. There are 3 guards at each entrance dressed similarly. 30 meters under this massive building that spans most of an entire city block is a vault containing the largest deposit of the nation's gold reserves. In times of political crisis they flood the vault with water from a nearby river.
Instituto de Cervantes main headquarters. Worldwide society named after the author of Spain's greatest literary work, Don Quixote, for the advancement of Spanish culture and language worldwide.
Across the street from Banco de Espana, the Spanish Army Headquarters
A shot of one side of the Banco de Espana building. Very impressive
Shot of a different side of Banco de Espana. Maybe I'm fascinated with it because of my career in financial services, I don't know....
Of course the missionaries found the only pastry shop in the neighborhood. I had a pastry as well. Definitely worth the 1.50 Euro. Sister Christian and Elder Malan in the foreground
Arch dedicated to Carlos III, Madrid's most benevolent Monarch who modernized the city in the late 1700s.
Another picture of the pastry shop. I can recommend it.
Sisters Flake, Hopkins and Benson
The Prado. You can only see a portion of the structure. It is massive.
On our way to the Prado. Elder Alhovuori from Finland, Sisters Hopkins, Benson, Flake and Nielsen, and Elders Malan Ellsworth and Anderson (and Cluff in the background)
Monument to Goya outside the Prado. Head shots of Elders Webb and Sharp
Elders Malan and Ellsworth outside the Prado