Madrid is a city full of beautiful, fashionable, sophisticated people. Yet here, in the Plaza Mayor, was Spiderman with a paunch. In the photo he was actually holding in his gut for the ladies and they seemed quite taken with him.
It wasn’t quite the sight I expected to see in Spain’s capital and particularly in this square, the site of autos da fe, public trials of heretics conducted by the Spanish Inquisition….nobody expects that. (Did you notice the clever thing I did there? Clue: Monty Python)
Madrid was a delightful place to visit, a manageable city with most sights in walking distance and no massive must-sees which turn some city breaks into a mad dash. You can’t go to Rome without visiting the Colosseum or see Paris and not climb the Eiffel Tower, yet no-one will be critical if you just come to Madrid to soak up the atmosphere.
On our first morning we all had a lie-in and didn’t venture out until noon. After ten minutes walk from our hotel we were in this splendid plaza, enjoying the sunshine, smiling at Spiderman’s belly (I still have no idea why he was there) and then I looked up at the statue of a bloke sitting on a horse in the middle of the square. Apparently he is King Felipe III but I swear he was a double for Rik Mayall as Flashheart in Blackadder…woof woof! Must still be the effects of the quadruple G&T from the night before.