So this morning I did a TON of walking. The plan was to head to the Palace, walk around the city a bit, and then head to the Prado after lunch. So far so good, except I walked way more than I planned!
I woke up quite early (around 6:30am) and headed down to the buffet breakfast. This was probably the most intense buffet I’ve ever seen. It had Churros, dark chocolate, omelets, doughnuts, and, of course, the standards — eggs bacon, sausage, cereal, meats/cheese, etc… After breakfast I put my plan together and was off. From the hotel I headed down Calle Mayor towards the Royal Palace of Madrid. On the way I made a couple scenic stops at Puerta Del Sol, and Plaza Mayor. The Palace was nice, but the view of the city was even better. Unfortunately I didn’t get a great picture of it, but you really see rolling country side next to dense city. It’s pretty neat. After the Palace, I stumbled through a couple parks: the Plaza de Oriente and Jardines de Sabatini.
At this point, it was still only like 9:15am — so instead of heading back to the hotel to wait for the museum to open, I figured I’d just walk aimlessly towards all the things that looked interesting. So to start I backtracked a bit because when I looked at the map it seemed most of the city was in that direction. Along the way I stopped to take photos of small parks, or cool alleys, or really anything cool looking. I ended up at a rotary with a huge monument in it, and as I’m trying to figure out the best place to take a photo, I see far in the distance what looked like a bridge over a river! It was pretty far off the track I had planned, but whatever, I had no place to be.
So when I got to the river, I was happy to find a really amazing park that folks were biking and jogging down along the “river.” I put river in quotes, because it looked more like a drainage ditch that they made pretty. Along with the park was also a very cool looking walking bridge, which I proceeded to head towards. You have to walk through the cool bridge if it’s there. So I did.
At this point, I had no idea where I was, but didn’t want to go back the way I came (and I didn’t have a map or anything), so I just headed in the direction of the hotel. Not too many points of interest came of this part of the walk, but I definitely stumbled upon a ton of interesting squares, and streets packed with bakeries, restaurants, shopping — you name it.
Ultimately, if you couldn’t tell, I made it back to the hotel just before lunch (around 11:30am), and I’m wrapping up this post just in time to head out and eat!
I’ll post photos tonight when I have some extra time. Loving Madrid so far! can’t wait to check out the Prado this afternoon.
First dunks I’ve seen since leaving Boston!
It’s a christmas tree in Puerta del Sol
not sure what this is. but it’s labeled.
This is the monument in the center of Plaza Mayor
Went here one evening, but didn’t see anything we wanted. Pretty cool place though!
we’re not in catelonia anymore
There were a ton of geese flying around in perfect V formation! had to take a picture
The Cathedral on the other side of Plaza Ameria from the Royal Palace
The gates to the royal Palace
Trying to be artsy…
Still trying to be artsy
The gardens in Madrid are emaculately kept. So many cool designs.
The other side of the Royal Palace
The city’s pretty neat in that it just stops all of a sudden.
All the streets are so cool looking!
They’re just fancier in Europe
Heading down a hill to find what I think is a river.
Welp I found a bridge at least!
And then I found the river!
Looking back from where I came
These pigeons are freezing! And sad looking.
a neat mural.
Here’s that cool walking bridge
Same bridge, different angle
That thing is scary looking.
The road signs in the city are all very cool like this. Not sure if it’s everywhere, or just the older parts of Madrid
Yea, that’s happening I guess. Viva la latina!
Back at Plaza Mayor. At least I’m not lost!