Our Friday mid-morning flight from Gatwick was delayed by 90 minutes due to fog, which somewhat curtailed our sight seeing plans for the afternoon. We settled for the 360 degrees viewing platform at the Moncloa tower. We then had an excursion to Toledo on Saturday, a 50 minute coach trip, spending the day there, visiting the Cathedral after walking around the old walls.
Sunday was footie day and the short trip south-west of the centre to Leganes. We arrived at the compact Estadio Municipl Butarque to collect tickets just as the Valencia team coach deposited their squad. We then adjourned to a bar in the adjacent sports centre before returning to witness Valencia, fresh from victory over Celtic in the Europa League, take the lead with a close range header from a free-kick. The Cucumbers brought on Carillo midway through the second half, coincidentally the home side then levelled when Middlesboro loanee, Braithwaite, scrambled in a late equaliser.
After a 90 minute trip across town on the metro system we arrived at the magnificent Wanda Metropolitana stadium and took our seats in the section next to the Villareal supporters. Atletico were not at their best, but were in control after Morata expertly netted his first La Liga goal. The visitors rarely threatened before Saul lobbed Leti's second goal.
A Monday morning trip to the Railway Museum and then the Thyssen-Bornemisza art gallery, preceded our early evening flight home.
Plans for the next trip, to north-east Italy are already well underway.