Like any major city in the world, Madrid offers the visitor an almost unlimited choice of dining options. For me, the atmosphere of many of these choices is what separates them from the typical American restaurant. I couldn't wait for the sun to go down and head out into the steamy night with my wife and friends to find some new culinary adventure. While not every choice we made was successful in terms of satisfying our curious palates, more often than not we staggered back to the hotel happy and ready for some air-conditioning. The top photograph is a restaurant in Plaza de Santa Ana, about 100 feet from our hotel. The eighth photograph from the top shows the Plaza and our hotel in the background. At the bottom is Botin, the oldest restaurant in the world. Fourth from the top is La Torre del Oro, a small bar/restaurant dedicated to bullfighters and their exploits. While waiting for my friends, I had a beer and the bartender served me a bowl of gezpacho. The photos on the wall are graphic, many showing bullfighters getting gored very badly. Interesting place nonetheless. Below the bullfighter bar are two shots of the Mercat next to Plaza Mayor.