First, let me introduce you to the king of Spain, Felipe VI:


Felipe VI, born in 1968, is the King of Spain. He succeeded to the throne on 19 June 2014 following the abdication of his father, King Juan Carlos I. As heir apparent to the throne, he previously bore the title of Prince of Asturias, and worked to support philanthropic causes and to promote international fellowship among Spanish-speaking countries.

Felipe and Leticia
Felipe and Letizia

In accordance with the Spanish Constitution, as monarch, he is head of state and commander-in-chief of the Spanish Armed Forces, and also plays a role in promoting relations with Hispanic America, the “nations of its historical community”. He is married to Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, with whom he has two daughters, Leonor and Sofía. Leonor, the elder, is his heir presumptive.


Of course the above pictures are from Google Images (yes, Sally, they are very useful). We did not have a chance to meet the royal family. Their official residence is the Prince’s Palace in Madrid


With our beautiful tour guide we visited the Royal Palace:


The palace represents the wealth of Spain before its decline. With 2,800 rooms, it is the largest palace in Europe.


We were not allowed to take pictures inside the palace, some of us had to be reminded about this restriction by a guard,


Here are some pictures from our walk around the palace area.


We ended our day in Madrid with a farewell dinner. Patricia and Scott, the organizers of our trip, chose this place for the last dinner before we come back to Toronto or continue traveling on our own.


Corral de la Moreria offers the most famous Tablao Flamenco in the world. They received Premio de Excelencia from Trip Advisor.


At this point I would like to say thank you to Patricia and Scott for an amazing trip/course. Thank you to all our group members for being sooooooo awesome. And a big thank you for supporting my blog, for sharing it with your families and friends, and for this beautiful gift:


Please stay with me, as I continue to travel with Melanie. There will be more posts from Madrid and Barcelona.


Madrid: Gran Via


Ávila: the City of Stones


  1. Thank you Joanna for sharing your amazing journey. I look forward to your posts from Barcelona. Safe travels on your next adventure. When you return, let’s chat about a course for September.

    1. Great idea, Mary Catherine, we will try to find something good for September. Enjoy your free time and thank you for the message!

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