So this trip was one of those spontaneous I-want-to-go-away but I don’t know where moments, I had a random week off work and I knew I had to escape Newcastles cold grasp and the temptation of Greggs just for a few days. I thought I would test my luck by looking at Sky Scanner and BAM the cheapest flights were… a drum roll please… £47 both ways to Madrid. I still don’t get why they were so cheap but I pressed checkout, found a cheap hostel, persuaded my sister to come with me and that was that.
I’m going to skip the first day of travelling to get to Madrid, I promise you’re not missing out on much, just the typical boring stuff like delays, drinking pints and arriving at 10pm with no idea how to get to our hotel. But we made it. ANYWAY before I ramble on, let me get on with this. So our day started with us waking up with our stomachs rumbling and our exploring heads on ready to go, so off we went for breakfast. Our hostel was located straight in the centre which meant we were two minutes away from the high street and most of the cafes. We went into the first place we saw had the word coffee which was pans&company which i’m assuming is one of the chain brands around Madrid. Even though I love more independent businesses I must admit it did an amazing serrano (deli ham) baguette with brie cheese and a caramel latte, so that put me in a great mood to start the day.
After our stomachs were satisfied we checked out the fashion high street and visited some brands I’ve seen in the UK such as two H&M’s, dragged into a five story Primark and checked out some other stores like Pull&Bear and Bershka. After following my sister round the shops for a few hours it was time for our next food stop, a cute little Italian called Oven Mozzarella Bar which did the most amazing three cheese pizza, I fancied going with a classic. I bet you’re wondering by now where the Spanish food – the paella, the wine, the tapas… and I was asking myself this too but wait till day three and I promise it’ll be worth it.
Our next step after this was simple, explore. We wandered off down a path, followed the crowd and ended up sight-seeing a few popular tourist spots. We walked down a street called Calle de Artes and saw monuments like the Fuente de la Diosa Cibe and Puerta de Alcala before visiting my favourite spot in Madrid… the Retiro park. I can’t even tell you how pretty it looked, perfectly mowed lawns, flowers and a giant lake with people on chilling on boats, it was just perfect to take a break and do my favourite activity, people watching… ANYWAY after sitting and chilling for a while we visited one of the most breathtaking buildings called Palacio de Cristal, the whole place was made of out glass and steel and reflected the light in a pretty way, one of my favourite spots on this whole trip for sure.
Okay so that much pretty sums up day one, after the whole sight seeing acting like tourists we basically went to the shop eat our weight in pastries and slept like a babies, tired from a day of walking, exploring and shopping. Below are some pics of my travels & I’ll see you in the next post.