Each December the Plaza Mayor is decorated with lights and holiday vendors, a stage is mounted for Christmas music and a carousel is set up in one corner. At night it is spectacular, the smell of roasting chestnuts and chocolate dipped waffles reminds many madrileños and tourists that Christmas is near.
Early this morning I crept outside for a walk in the cold air and I stumbled upon the Plaza, preparing for a day of visitors and merriment. I wanted to share the sights and sounds with you at home and I hope you feel transported. Older gents are trading stamps, street vendors are talking prices and testing their battery powered toys, and madrileños enjoy a typical winter breakfast at a hot chocolate and churro shop.
Close your eyes and enjoy the morning sounds of winter in Madrid.