Spain was always on my bucket list of travel places to visit. However when I dreamed of Spain my thoughts leaned towards the Seville and Barcelona. I thought Madrid would be my least favorite part of my recent trip there but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the sights and food.
We started off our most recent visit checking into the modern style Hotel Regina (see room above). The hotel was affordable and in walking distance to most areas of interest – including Puerta del Sol where we saw these ladies below trying to work the crowd.
We also saw elmo and others but could only deal with so many poorly made character costumes so we headed over to Plaza Mayor where we saw this really weird goat thing.
Interesting frescos in plaza.
Later on in the evening we happened upon a used book store.
And a store all about SHUTTING YOUR MOUTH.
Puerta del Sol was much nicer in the evening. Many people gathering around socializing. Madrid is a very social city.
Walking back to our hotel.
The next day we set out for the Royal Palace.
Official designs of the royal palace.
After we visited the palaces we stopped for tapas. Olives and sardines are a staple of tapas cusine.
We also had some chicken and tripe soup.
And Churros con chocolate
If you wander around the city enough you will happen upon small markets like this one. I liked the war machines made out of bullets.
There was also a great supply of Greek sweets.
Nice fountain near the market.
Some beautiful night views of Madrid.
And back to our hotel to bed.
If you want to experience more of the food night life of Madrid, visit the past posts of Mercado de San Miguel and Tapas in Calle Cava Baja.