Hello, dear friends! It has been a week since my last post, though fun packed, our daily exploration of Madrid then Barcelona has kept us super busy and quite tired at the end of each day. Now at sea, I finally got a couple of quiet days to catch up with blogging. In the next couple of posts, I will share with you my travel stories and tips of these two beautiful cities of Spain, and of course, the outfits I wore. First, we go to Madrid.
Gotta do that tourist thing: sight-seeing and food-tasting. To understand the local culture better, for me, the key is to know the natural and geopolitical environment they have been living in. There is no quicker way to get a good understanding of that through seeing the architectures and artworks cumulated through centuries.
Madrid is a city of many cities. Twenty one administrative districts in total, very different vibes, if I may call it that way, from one other. With only two days time available and young children, we decided to stay close to the historical area that is called Centro, and hit the highlight of the highlights: Plaza Mayor, Palacio Real de Madrid, Museo Nacional del Padro . It’s basically a visual crush course of Spanish art and history of 9th century onward.
If you have only one day to get acquainted with Madrid, I would recommend a self-guided walking tour in the neighborhoods around Plaza Mayor. Indulge yourself with architectural details such as those beautifully carved wooden door or cast iron doors of many buildings, or the façades of shops and taverns, stop by here and there to get a cup of hot chocolate, coffee, Spanish wine and some tapas to go with it.
The streets of historical Madrid are paved with cobble stones and mostly uphill, most narrow to the point only one car can pass with a tiny bit of space for pedestrians on each side. Streets like this often give people the illusion that they are for walking only but in fact cars do go on them and one has to pay a bit attention to the sounds of them approaching because they might be coming from behind you. 😀
The royal palace located surprisingly close to the district, we found that out after getting into a cab. Cabs are very easy to haul and within 10 euros fare, they can take you to most touristy places. When we got dropped off at the curbside of the palace, we were impressed by the grandeur of the church and the plaza.
Couldn’t help but noticed some similarities between this royal palace and some other famed palaces, especially some interior rooms. We were told later that the construction of this palaces was inspired by the Versailles, size-wide, it is actually much bigger.
My boys enjoyed running down the hallway and then the massive plaza in front of the palace. Husband and I loved the view of the corridor on the left, which has a spectacular view of the mountainous terrain at distance as well as some parts of the modern Madrid.
I had to twist the arms of my children for this stop but it was well worth it! Very impressive collection of classic paintings of Spanish master painters. Although the ten pieces of Picasso on tour was super cool, don’t get me wrong, I was more excited to see Goya unclose and learn all about his brush techniques which was super refreshing to me.
There you have it, the highlights of our short stay in Madrid! Of course, no travel journal is complete without the food experience, especially places that are known for its cuisine. My next post will be all about food in Madrid, so come back!
Thank you so much for reading! Until my next post, the wait won’t be as long, I promise!
Saint studio Laurent bag & espadrilles;
Senis Studio hat;