It was a Wednesday and a Spanish Holiday! The Spanish have alot of Holidays and I can assure you we are very thankful them. The Tree Amigo didn't have to work, so we thought what a better way to spend a day off than to travel and explore a near by city. We headed out, onto the open road once more around 1pm, and within 45 minutes we had reached our destination, El Escorial! What a charming little town we all commented as we drove in to the historical and clean kept center. We found parking on the side of the road with no problem, and it almost felt as if we were the only people in the enture town. Coming from a city as large as Madrid, its a nice break to get out of the main stream and hub of it all every now and again.
Well first thing is first, find food! One thing the Three Amigos knows best is how to eat. Very uncharacteristicly of us, we were rather indecisive that afternoon on where to eat. It must have been the hangry in all of us. We went to several different resturants looking over the menu and none of them seemed right. Finally, we made it to the square with beautiful views. We all agreed at first that a nice lunch outside in the plaza would be nice. Until we sat at a table for maybe 10 minutes, when the wind picked up and we all began to put our scarfs up around our faces. We then reconsidered our decision to dine outside, and made a run for an inside table.
It was packed inside this restuarant and to think we were at first wondering where everyone in this town was. Well we found them, in that restuarant! Surprisingly enough and much to our disbelief, we were sat right away. This is great becuase at this point we were all nearly straving. The smells of the mouthwatering food wisked by our table. Without a second look at the menu we called the waiter over to our table, pointed to what had just been brought out to the table beside us and asked for three please. The waiter smiled and must have seen the look of hunger in our eyes becuase our food was brought out straight away. It was delcious and we were not dissappointed. The pork belly was cooked to perfection and the butter beans and sauce complimented this dish so nicely. Needless, to say we had full bellies and were feeling warm again on this very cold afternoon.
It was time to walk off the amazing meal we had just enjoyed. We decided to go take a look at the El Escorial Monastery. I had seen a few pictures of the Monastery but had no idea it would this extravagant. We went into the incredible Cathadral. I had been in many Cathadrals before, but there was something about this one that moved me. Perhaphs, it was all the many people from all over the world visiting this beautiful historical building, or maybe it was the fact that I had the chance to thank god for this experience.
There was a place where you could light a candle. There was a sign in many different languages welcoming all people, from all backgrounds, and religious believes to light a candle. The simplicity of it was beautiful and the best part about it was all the candles were almost all lit. We then continued through the living courters and some other rooms with extraviagant religious paintings, all along the way telling biblical stories through art. The colors were bold, and bright. It was difficult not to smile amungst such amazing pieces of pure beauty.
I think Trey and I's favorite part of this tour was the hall of battles. It had Spain's history of battles hand painted in a giant room all along the walls. It was truly unbelievable all of the detailing in this room. Not to mention the time it took these artist to create this. As we left the hall of battles Kathryn said to us, " I mean I heard this place was beautful and a great place to tour but this is well beyond my expectations." Trey and I couldn't agree more!
We had completed the tour and now it was time for something sweet. Kathryn had suggested we go for some chocolate and churros. What a fantstic idea but where? I googled places that served chocolate and churros and it lead us to a cafe off of a hotel. They did not have chocolate and churros, and took forever to even speak to anyone, so we decided to head back to Madrid. Just as we had given up a hope, as we were heading back to the car we discovered a little cafe serving chocolate and churros. It was a sign!!! We stopped in to warm up and ohhh did we ever warm up! Words cannot describe how good chocolate and churros taste nor do pictures even do this delectable dessert justice. I guess you will just have to come to Spain and try them for yourself. We walked backed to our car and headed home to get ready for our next work the following day. Yet another successful day for the Three Amigos!