Madrid

We took a bus from Barcelona to Madrid, where we based ourselves for four days.  We decided to mix up our time in Madrid with daytrips to the surrounding towns, which we actually preferred to Madrid itself. On our first day in Madrid we did a free walking tour to explore the city.  (This one was not actually free like the one in Nice – one was encouraged to tip at the end!)  The tour started in the Plaza Mayor, then made its way past Palacio Real and through the streets of Madrid. It was pretty heavily history based – we didn’t actually walk all that far.

 

 

Plaza Mayor
Plaza Mayor

 

We did get two great tips for food though – we went twice to El Tigre, where buying a cheap drink meant you got a massive plate of free tapas – yum!  The second tip was a place to try hot chocolate – this was amazingly rich, as it was literally melted chocolate, served with churros (fried donuts) which we tried after a walk in Retiro park.

 

Sarah and Reubs with chocolate and churros
Sarah and Reubs with chocolate and churros

 

Retiro is a large, beautiful park located inside the city (pictured above).  We spent awhile strolling this park, visiting the Crystal Palace and seeing a statue of Lucifer (apparently one of only a few in the world, Lucifer doesn’t tend to be a popular subject!)

 

Is it spring yet?
Is it spring yet?

 

Reubs leaping
Reubs leaping

 

A turtle in the park
A turtle in the park

 

The Crystal Palace
The Crystal Palace

 

 

Lucifer
Lucifer

 

On our second day in Madrid we started again at the Palacio Real and visited the nearby cathedral.  We walked to see an Egyptian temple that was gifted to Madrid by Egypt, then wandered over to El Tigre for some more tapas.

 

 

Palacio Real
Palacio Real

 

Cathedral
Cathedral

 

Inside the cathedral
Inside the cathedral
Egyptian temple
Egyptian temple

 

 

Massive free tapas
Massive free tapas

 

We then decided to head back to our apartment and rest – it’s one of the challenges of long term travel that sometimes we need to rest rather than do every possible tourist activity – this runs a bit counter to my instincts but it is sometimes necessary!  I didn’t love Madrid as much as I loved Barcelona, but its proximity to the wonderful towns of Toledo and Segovia (blogs coming soon) meant it was a great base.

One Comment Add yours

  1. Mum Bunn says:

    Amazing tapas! And the park looks lovely in spring. Especially the turtle!!

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