As I said on my previous post, having holidays was something that I wasn’t expecting. With that in mind, Jon and I decided to spend a weekend in Madrid; with the AVE you arrive so fast so it wasn’t a crazy idea.
Well, that Friday I left work already carrying all my “gear” and went to the city where we had lunch before getting on the train. I had once made a short trip by train, but the AVE is something completely different!
That day we arrived in the afternoon and, after going to leave our things in the apartment, we went for a walk around the city centre, near the area of the Royal Palace, where I discovered that what is said of the sky in Madrid is true.
After a short walk and a couple of night photos we went to take the best vermouth I’ve ever tasted and then to have dinner and rest because Saturday was going to be an intense day.
On Saturday we woke up early to make the most of the day. After having breakfast in the city centre we went around the same places we had visited the previous night, but this time under the sunlight.
Around 11 in the morning we attended a guided tour on the Royal Theatre, where we not only saw the rooms that are open to the public, but also some private areas. It was a pity that the stage was under repair, because if it wasn’t like that we surely could have seen many more things.
Then, tired of being two hours standing inside the theatre, we went to eat at a vegetarian restaurant whose name I don’t remember. I have to admit that it didn’t have the best possible appearance, in fact I was a little afraid to enter, but the food was a real delight.
With our stomach full and a little more rested we went to the Prado Museum, where we spent another two hours. I was delighted, but I’m afraid it was a bit too much for Jon.
Unfortunately inside the museum it is not allowed to film nor take pictures, so I have nothing to show you. Even so, I have to say that “The Garden of Earthly Delights” by El Bosco is much more impressive than I had imagined seeing only photos. When we finished our brief visit to the museum, I insisted that we retrace our steps to see it again.
The day didn’t finish after that, we went for a little walk in the Retiro to sit for a while in a pleasant environment to rest and have a drink. It’s great that there are places like that in the core of cities. A lake with boats, the Crystal Palace, the Statue of the Fallen Angel and lots of ducklings!
I suppose you imagine that at the end of the day we were exhausted and fell sleep just by touching the pillow.
The next day we slept until late, we really needed it. We toured the Matadero, a centre of contemporary creation where there are exhibitions and work places, but it also half empty for vacations; we took a little walk in another park; and we ate at another vegetarian restaurant, this time one of true luxury.
Exhausted we arrived at the AVE the evening to come back home, ready to prepare everything for our trip to Bilbao.