Posts Tagged ‘Atocha Station’

The Travel Begins!

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

June 6, 2009

We had an extra day off and after the week in Madrid we spent it relaxing.  At night we had a ride on the RENFE AVE train from Atocha Station.  This was the first major high speed rail line built in Spain.  In terms of using this over air travel I am totally for the train because the time is not much different and the amount of time you need to arrive before departure is minimal.  It is possible to show up to the train 15 minutes before it leaves and make it on without having issues.  Also, unlike airlines, the trains are very reliant with RENFE giving a guarantee that if a train is more than 20 minutes late you get a 100% refund (I would like to see an airline do that and stay in business).

The train ride was great and we just had a short walk to the hostel when we got to Cordoba.  In Cordoba we stayed at the Hosteling International – Instalacion Juvenil which was a very nice hostel that was simple but provided free breakfast.  After we got in the hostel we went out and took a walk to see what was around and found we were just 5 minutes from the meeting point on the Roman bridge.

Best Day of the Trip: Toledo

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

June 4, 2009

In what is easily the best day of the trip we made our way to Toledo.  Again we started our day in Atoch Station but instead of getting on a regular train we got on to a high speed train.  I have for a long time liked the idea of a high speed train network and this was the first time I have been on a high speed train.  The high speed train was very nice and found the ride smooth.  We made it to Toledo in a half-hour versus the hour it takes to drive it in a car.

Upon arrival in Toledo we started the walk to the old city which sits up on a hill above the surrounding area.

Toledo from below

Toledo from below

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El Escorial Day Trip!

Friday, July 31st, 2009

June 3, 2009

In the morning we met at Atocha Station to take a train out to El Escorial.  Atocha Station was expanded recently to meat the new demands of the high speed trains.  This addition by Rafael Moneo holds the new train sheds while the original train shed was turned into a greenhouse.

Atocha Station Dome

Atocha Station Dome

Atocha Station Original Shed

Atocha Station Original Shed

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Class Starts in Madrid

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

June 1, 2009

We started class at the Circulo de Bellas Artes, located across from the Metropolis Building, where we learned that Cafe Americano is coffee with water added.  From this point we started to walk down Calle de Alcala to Paseo del Prado which is the major cultural axis in the city of Madrid.

Metropolis Building

Metropolis Building

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