Madrid was a last-minute squeeze in our already tight itinerary. We had originally only meant to go to Granada and Seville but being just a train ride away from Lisbon, we figured might as well. Plus, the chance to see Velasquez’s “Las Meninas” at the Prado was too tempting.
As the taxi slowly made its way to the city center, Madrid unravelled her spectacular beauty of wide avenues flanked by gorgeous architecture.
It was all so breathtaking. Later on, standing at a corner of Puerto del Sol while munching on a bocadillo of Jamon Iberico, tears would well-up as I thanked God for bringing me to this place and letting me have a jamon. Seriously.
As always, we just dropped our stuff at the Casual del Teatro Madrid and headed to the plaza to just soak in the giddy atmosphere of being here.
We met a Filipino couple from Canada who were on holiday too while were talking pictures at the Oso y Madroño statue. The guy seemed surprise that we were from Manila.
The only real site we had scheduled for today was the Monasterio delas Descalzas Reales. Unfortunately (or was it my carelesness when booking the tickets and the mandatory guided tour online) the 12:45 spot was in Spanish. The inside of this royal monastery was beautiful with gorgeous paintings, religious sculptures, and interior decorations. Unfortunately, pictures aren’t allowed and the pacing was a bit too fast for my liking. I would have wanted to stay longer and look at the fine details of the statues.
It was past two by the time we emerged from the monasterio so we just decided to skip lunch return to the hotel and check-in. We were still full from all the churros and other snacks we had earlier at Los Artesanos 1902 on the way to the monasterio.
Later in the afternoon, we headed to Plaza Mayor and took an outside table at the Museum del Jamon for some sopa de ajo, bocadillo de calamares, and tortilla España. The soup was really tasty and not like the sopa de ajo I grew up with at home.
We headed to the Mercado San Miguel but didn’t eat much as it was too crowded.
I had these chorizos which were served in a tin (5€). It was very very good. Most of the food at the mercado were tapas there weren’t any proper tables.