As a result of booking the cheapest flight possible, we found ourselves with a whole day to spare in Madrid on our way to Argentina last December. Completely unfamiliar with the city, we aimed in the general direction of the palace and wandered around, enjoying the bright winter sun.
The palace itself was a great place to kill a couple a couple of hours, made even better by getting in for free. The light was just starting to fade as we left, the soft blue contrasting nicely with the soft whites and greys of the building. Hopefully one day I'll be able to return to Madrid and experience more of this beautiful city.