02.07.2013 33 °C
We made it to Madrid without any issues, the highspeed train is the way to travel. Its so much more relaxed than an airport, which we all know brings out nothing but the best in people. Once in Madrid our apartment was only a 5 min cab ride, we could have very easily walked had we known the way. Our first day in Madrid was spent doing laundry and wandering around the area we are staying in.
Madrid is a large and very busy city and I must say a dirty one, lots of garbage and cigarette butts everywhere. And I don't just mean scraps of paper and little bits of garbage. But whole bags of household trash thrown on the streets near large bins in the hope that someone will pick it up.
None the less it has some beautiful buildings and a huge park in the city called Parque De El Retiro, which is so large you can't even hear the traffic of the city once you are in the middle. Its a beautiful escape located right in the city, many people were out walking, running and enjoying there time in the park.
The Monument to Alfonso XII is also located in the park, you can rent a paddle boat to cruise around the moat in.
We continued our walk through the park and came out at the Puerta De Alcala and the Puerta Del Sol.
Several times on this trip I have wanted a wide angle lens, I think I now know what I want for my birthday that is approaching.
Madrid has no shortage of museum's to visit, during our walk we encountered the Naval Museum, the Museo Thyssen and the Mueso Nacional Del Prado.
Miguel and I are not really big on museum's, but the Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Renia Sofia, is right down the street from our apartment and has a Salvador Dali exhibit. In the summer you can actually get in for free after 7 pm, for 2 hours.
After lunch we toured the Real Jardin Botanico.
They had an exhibit of Bonai trees in the garden.
After the garden we decided to head back to the apartment for a little siesta and to update the the blog. On the walk back we encountered some really beautiful buildings. There certainly is no shortage of things to see here in Madrid, besides the garbage.