Posted by: travelrat | July 16, 2007

Madrid Bus Ride

Madrid. 14th April 2007

I had most of the day before my appointment in the evening, and I decided to pass some of it by riding on the Madrid Vision open-topped bus.

I’d ridden on the Madrid Vision two years before. There were three routes then, but, these days, they have been combined into two. And, your ticket, which costs you €13, buys permission to ride any bus as far as you like, as many times as you like on any given day.

In 2005, I had the thought that the open-topped bus would make a good camera platform. This time, I had a camcorder … the overhead street furniture and safety rails on the bus can be edited out, if you want, and don’t pose so much of a problem. With a still camera, you need to go around several times to catch just the right moment, or spend hours with Photoshop!

Nevertheless, camera or no camera, you still have a good snapshot of Madrid, as the two routes take you around most of the major sites, from the Royal Palace to Bernabeu Stadium, where Real Madrid play.

You are, of course, free to get off the bus anywhere, to explore further, and catch a later one. And, that’s just what I did, as we shall see next time!

For another take on the Madrid Vision, have a look at http://writetotravel.blogspot.com/2007/09/riding-busesthe-madrid-vision.html


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