We stayed in the near burbs, about 11 km ( I’ve gotten very European) from the middle of old town. A great apartment on the top floor with a large rooftop balcony. Spent many hours there. Weather continues to be great ( low 40s- high 70s -it’s what we had hoped with our gradual movement north as we head into summer. So far so good. Our stay was about 10 days so we were not rushed in seeing most of Madrid as well as day trips to Toledo ( a beautiful smaller town but way too touristy) Avila and Segovia ( both also quaint smaller towns of maybe 50K each) Our Spanish hasn’t improved but our use of google translate sure has. A great feature is pointing the iPhone and getting an instant translation of something written. Not always perfect but close enough to guess the rest and not order something horrible off a menu. We had a great food tour of Madrid with a small group of travelers that were fun to talk with. Spent the last day at the Prada mueseum. On to Marseille.