We flew into Madrid, and a taxi brought us to our hotel near the Plaza Espana. An Egyptian Temple was there to greet us, a most unexpected sight. A gift to Spain in the 1960s from Egypt, in thanks for their assistance saving the Temple of Abu Simbel from submersion by the Aswan Dam, the Temple of Debod, was moved block by block from Egypt and set up in a public park overlooking Madrid.
We also happened across the monument to Cervantes, fronted by a massive statue of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. We followed this up with a reading a of a few chapters from a children’s abridged version of Don Quixote, “Adventures of Don Quixote” published by Dover Children’s Thrift Classics as an ebook, and we were pleased to see a number of windmills the next morning on our train to Barcelona.