Madrid City Tour last part; Other Tourist Spots

8 Days Self-Guided Budget Summer Europe Trip with My Mother
August 18 to 25, 2018

Upon arrival from  the Madrid Airport, we bought a 1-Day tourist metro card (unlimited public transportation ride for 24-hours) for only 17 Euro (8.5 Euro each). Then, we went to Avenue de Americas for night bus booking and locker rental. After that, we started to tour the city from Islas Filipinas station where the Philippine National Hero Jose Rizal monument is located for courtesy visit. Then, we went to Opera Station for the Real Palace of Madrid and Madrid Cathedral and Museum tour. After that, we went to the parks near Museo National del Prado and spent some sightseeing via sitting there as the summer weather is getting through our skin. Then, we went for metro hopping for Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Plaza del Espana and Temple de Bod at night. We bought best and cheap souvenirs just outside the Opera Station. At night, we departed from Ave. de Ame. bus station going to Bilbao.

Madrid City Tour last part; Other Tourist Spots

Madrid City Tour 1st part; The Cathedral and Real Palace

8 Days Self-Guided Budget Summer Europe Trip with My Mother
August 18 to 25, 2018

Cathedral of Maria la Real de la Almudena (Madrid Cathedral) was built after unsuccessful attempts of different monarchs from Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor to Philip IV to establish an episcopal see in Madrid.

Royal Palace of Madrid stands on the site of the former Alcazar palace of the Spanish Habsburgs, which was destroyed by a fire on Christmas Eve in 1734. Today, it continues to be the official residence of the The Majesties King Felipe VI and Letizia of Spain, and it used for state ceremonies.

How to go to Madrid Cathedral and Real Palace;
Both of this tourist spots are just facing infront to each other. Nearest metro is Opera Station under line 2 / line 5. We bought our tickets via walk-in, 10 Euro for Real Palace and 6 Euro for Madrid Cathedral and Museum. Photography / Video taking is only allowed in  the entrance area part of the Palace and not inside the palace itself. For Madrid Cathedral, photography / video taking is allowed only inside the church.

Madrid City Tour 1st part; The Cathedral and Real Palace

How to Apply for Schengen Visa (Spain) as Philippine Passport Holder

an adventure of Pinoy backpacker in processing travel documents

How to Apply for Schengen Visa in France Embassy

How to Apply for Schengen Visa in Germany Embassy

* maximum of 6 months validity after issuance with period of stay of under 90 days
Schengen visa is a special document that allows a Schengen visa holder to travel freely within the 26 Schengen zone (European Countries) member states. Apply for the Schengen visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the Schengen country where you spend the most time.
* 26 members of the Schengen Agreement are (1)Austria, (2)Belgium(3)Czech Republic(4)Denmark(5)Estonia, (6)Finland, (7)France(8)Germany, (9)Greece (10)Hungary (11)Iceland, (12)Italy(13)Latvia(14)Lithuania(15)Luxembourg, (16)Malta, (17)Netherlands, (18)Norway, (19)Poland, (20)Portugal,(21)Slovakia,(22)Slovenia, (23)Spain, (24)Sweden, (25)Switzerland and (26)Liechtenstein.
* A “Schengen visa” is required to visit one or more of these Member States. This visa is valid in all Schengen states for a stay of up to 90 days within a six-month period for a visit, tourism or business only, but not for employment or family reunification purposes.
* If you get a multiple entry Schengen visa, you may leave and return any number of times within the 180-day period, but the combined stay within the region must not total more than 90 days. Important is the date of the actual entry, not the beginning of the visa validity. 
* As of January 2015, valid Schengen Visa holders regardless of nationality can transit/visit European countries of (1)Albania, (2)Bosnia and Herzegovina, (3)Bulgaria(4)Croatia(5)Macedonia, (6)Montenegro, (7)Romania and (8)SerbiaSome of this countries provide maximum 15-days stay in any period given in the Schengen Visa duration.

Schengen States visa I applied in Spain Embassy of Abu Dhabi, UAE (August to September 2018)

8 Days Self-Guided Budget Summer Europe Trip with My Mother

Spain - Andorra - Portugal (Lisbon) - Vatican - Italy (Rome)
August 18 to 25, 2018

23 Days Solo Autumn Experience in Central Europe (Oct. 2013)

23 Days Solo Summer Adventures in Central, Southern and Northern Europe (Jun. 2015)

"Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator." - Antoni Gaudi

My 5th time to visit the European continent following the 12 Days Solo Backpacking in Summer Russia (Trans-Siberia Train Ride) last August 2017 and 3rd time for Schengen Adventure following the Germany-applied visa for Summer Solo Trip last June 2015, 2nd trip with my mother abroad following the Winter Japan last Feb. 2015, total of 71 countries visited so far (total of 29 in Europe) and of course, usual budget do-it-yourself itinerary from arrival to departure.

Schengen Area guarantees free movement within territory of 26 countries. As of 19th of December 2011, Schengen Area consist of 26 countries (of which 22 are EU states): BelgiumCzech RepublicDenmarkGermanyEstonia, Greece, Spain, FranceItalyLatviaLithuaniaLuxembourgHungary, Malta, NetherlandsAustriaPoland, Portugal, SlovakiaSlovenia, Finland and Sweden along with Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Being part of the area without controls at internal borders means that these countries no longer carry-out border checks at their internal borders and have stepped-up controls at the external borders. 


timezone - UTC +0200H    capital - Madrid    language - Spanish    currency - Euro (EUR)
visa - Philippine passport holders need to apply first before travel

8 Days Self-Guided Budget Summer Europe Trip with My Mother

Pyongyang Tour last part; War Museum and Children's Palace

5 Days Group Tour in Summer North Korea (DPRK)
June 12 to 16, 2018

Pyongyang Tour 3rd part; At Juche Tower and Metro Subways

Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - rebuilt in 2013, this huge museum has original weapons used in the Korean War and very detailed explains the DPRK’s version of the war. USS Pueblo - American ship captured in 1968. It is now located in the War Museum. The US crew were held for 11 months in the DPRK and then released them though the ship has remained there for almost 5 decades as a trophy.

Children's Palace - extra-curricular activity centre for children. We can see some extremely talented children put on truly impressive shows. There are two of these in Pyongyang; The Mansudae Children’s Palace and The Pyongyang Children’s Palace.

Pyongyang Tour last part; War Museum and Childrens Palace

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