Friday, December 9, 2016

Travel: Madrid, Spain

In October, Kevin and I went to Spain for vacation. It was my first time to this amazing, beautiful country and Kevin’s second. Until I traveled there, I thought Great Britain, Italy and France were the go-to places for Europe and had no idea how much I would love Spain. It’s full of culture, history and friendly people, has outstanding food and weather and is very affordable compared to the other three countries. I highly recommend visiting Spain!

Our trip began and ended in Madrid, which, to me, was a great place to begin because it eased us into Spanish culture. Many of the people who live or work in Madrid speak English, and we got by because some of my high school Spanish and Spanish I picked up by living in California returned to me.

Since Madrid is the Spanish capital, it has many attractions, which include the Museo del Prado (Spanish National Museum), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (Spain’s national modern art museum), Palacio Real (Royal Palace of Madrid), and Real Jardin Botanico (Royal Botanic Gardens). I’ve included some of our highlights below:

Kevin outside the Palacio Real-it was beyond beautiful inside

I had to take a picture with this Van Gogh at the
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

We took a picture outside the Del Prado
since photography isn't allowed inside.
This museum houses the Royal Family's art
collection for works created before 1881.
We took a private guided tour and liked our
guide so much that we also booked her for the
Reina Sofia

peppers at the Jardin Botanico

I loved the tapas

Spanish ham for sale at the Mercado de San Miguel,
a giant food market with fresh and prepared foods

We had churros and hot chocolate at Chocolateria San Gines-both
were to-die-for

A photograph taken outside the Reina Sofia. Again,
indoor photography was not allowed. This world-class
museum is a must-do

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