Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Beautiful City of Madrid

It's been a very long time since my last visit (20 years approximately) and boy has it changed. No wonder the country's in a recession it looks as if the government has spent an enormous amount on beautifying and updating Madrid. The airport is stunning. A spacious terminal 4 greets you and glides you through effortlessly. Very impressive indeed.

We stayed downtown at a friend's lovely apartment close to Madrid's 5th Avenue, Calle Serrano.

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

First stop (no, not shopping) a bit of culture at the very hip Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum 
for an audio tour of the 'Pop Art Myths' exhibition. Followed by a fabulous lunch at Mercado San Miguel.

Mercado San Miguel

Madrid has jaw-dropping architecture. Long tree-lined avenues, majestic roundabouts adorned with statues and fountains. One of the most astounding buildings would have to be the central post office (photo below).

Central Post Office

Madrid is very walkable. Many places of interest are quite close but the older plazas are cobbled and you could easily break a heel or worse an ankle, so flat shoes are advisable. 

Plaza Mayor
Spanish food is so underrated everything tastes delicious. Lateral in Santa Ana, The 100-year-old Cafe Gijon, and Lavinia to name a few really good restaurants.

The Prado museum is a must, you may have to choose which exhibits to see - as it's so vast. We saw the El Greco and Modern Painting exhibit. Very interesting indeed. I had no idea the old master has influenced so many modern painters. Was fascinating to see the comparisons side by side. 

El Greco and Modigliano

An exhilarating day at Diana Campo (just outside Madrid) with double-barreled shotguns - trying to shoot a partridge or two. I was badly bruised but determined; the recoil on those babies is wild. Managed to bag a few birdies though :O)

A brilliant finale to our week was a fantastic flamenco show full of passion and energy at Cardamomo

Great company and a very memorable time. Will definitely be revisiting Madrid.

Me encanta Madrid.

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