I was unlucky that the Royal Palace of Madrid was closed for an official function on the one day that I was in Madid, especially as it was one of the sights I was looking forward to seeing.
But I was quite lucky that I stumbled upon a special Changing of the Guard ceremony which happens only on the first Wednesday of the month and lasts for an hour. I did not know about the event nor of the time and I was quite glad I got to witness it as it is an impressive ritual.
You lose some… but you also get to win some!
Grand Central Terminal is a hub of activity with people either walking very fast or running. You can quite quickly say the who the tourists are because they are the ones who stand still for more than a minute while they gawk in awe.