A lovely Madrid street.
In many of the restaurants and pubs you'll see a pig legÂ in a vice to make it easier for staff to cut off thin slices. Um. Yummy.
I enjoyed this drink on our tapas tour. It is kind of like sangria. It is wine with Sprite and a couple pieces of fruit, like lemons, thrown on top. It's delicious and refreshing in summer heat.
On our second (and last) day in Madrid we decided to go on a tapas tour. Tapas are traditionally the little snacks you are served when you order a drink.Â They are called tapas because back in the day the small plate of snacks would be placed on top of the drink you ordered.Â On our tapas tour we were taken to three different bars where we got a small complimentary drink and a tapas or two. Â The tour consisted of myself, Chris, the guide and a writer for â€œLetâ€™s Goâ€ travel books. Â The writer named Grace was enjoying her first week out of six in Spain. Â She was a young 20-year old student from Harvard who managed to secure a gig for herself writing for â€œLetâ€™s Goâ€.Â She was kind enough to take down our blog address and apparently on her ownÂ â€œLetâ€™s Goâ€ travel blog will put a link to ours!
When we passed the royal palace in Madrid, it just so happened to be the changing of the guard.
Laura enjoying a "Churro", which is a traditional Spanish desert. It is deep fried dough which you dip in melted chocolate.
Chris enjoying his churro.
A HUGE cup of melted chocolate for our churros, and if that isn't sweet enough the servers kindly placed two packages of sugar on the plate.
We enjoyed eating aÂ paella, another Spanish dish.
Paella in all its glory, eye-balls and all.
An elephant doing a trunk stand.
A vertical garden on a building outside the (FREE) modern art museum located near the Prado Museum.
Chris relaxing on a bench in Madrid's largest public park, El Retiro. As you walk further into the trees and many pathways the constantÂ rumbleÂ of the traffic fades away and it's hard to believe you're in the middle of Madrid.
- A flower Chris and I enjoyed in the Botanical garden (2.5 Euro/person) in Madrid.
The Sol Square in Madrid.
The Reina Sofia Museum which houses many paintings by famous artists like Goya, Salvador Dali and Picasso. This museum is a must-see if you visit Madrid. Â Free on Saturday afternoons (2.30pm-9pm), Sunday mornings (10am-2.30pm) and on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 7pm to 9pm.
Looks like Madrid was great!! One strange thing though: you know the elephant on it’s nose statue? Well there is another one, exactly the same, in Toulouse! Threw me off when I first saw it. Anyways, I hope you guys are having a great time in Istanbul now! Can’t wait to read more!
Laura Beauchamp Reply:
June 6th, 2010 at 3:06 am
There’s two elephants in this world doing “trunk stands”? Crazy. Hope you got your package Christine. Ciao bella.
Hi Uncle Chris and Auntie Laura. I hope you had a good time. I would like to come and have churros with you. We had straight churros in Disneyland without chocolate. Yours look yummier!
xoxoxoxo Delaney and Mommy
Laura Beauchamp Reply:
June 6th, 2010 at 3:07 am
Hi Delaney and Mommy! Maybe we can make some home-made churros together next time we see you. Love and miss you. – Auntie Laura and Uncle Chris-
Holy crap I’m soooo jealous of yor churros. And the pallela looks great too. Sigh.