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Moscow, Moskva, Russia
July 19, 2010
From journal Madrid and Its Surroundings
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
May 26, 2007
From journal Madrid - Sightseeing Highlights
London, United Kingdom
September 22, 2005
From journal Hen Weekend in Madrid
August 13, 2005
From journal Park retreat in Madrid
August 3, 2004
Once you have had an eyeful of museums like the nearby Prado or Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, and the weather is still too fine to ignore, spend the rest of the day walking or relaxing in the Retiro park. The Retiro is Madrid’s own intimate version of New York’s Central Park; it gives you a natural green glimpse of how this capital might have looked and felt during its days of glory as the center of an empire. If you are up for a long walk to take in this atmosphere, start from the Puerta del Sol and continue to the Plaza Mayor. Then make your way further to the Austrias neighborhood, and finally end up at the Plaza de Oriente, near the exterior of the Royal Palace. Another option for experiencing the Retiro is to access it for some outdoor exercise, as I was able to do since my hotel was only minutes away on the other side of the Paseo del Prado. Running here on even a cool October morning, you won’t be entirely alone as Madrilenos have the same idea too: in fact, runners are interspersed with the occasional bicyclist or skater taking advantage of the paved stretches.
If the pace you need is slower or you have young family members in tow, then consider a Sunday afternoon spent with much of the city, just promenading around the park, where kids are welcomed by life-size Mickey Mouses and characters from Winnie the Pooh. Keep the little ones and yourself enchanted with a rowing boat excursion out onto the centerpiece lake, then treat yourselves to at least one ice cream while strolling around the tree shaded gardens. Now, if your interests are more specialized, but just as leisurely, you might also consider a visit to the Botanical Garden of Madrid (Plaza Murillo, 2), located in front of the Prado, and designed in the neoclassic style and dating back to the eighteenth century. For even more relaxed pleasures in the Retiro, you can find yourself a table at the enclosed Florida Park for dinner or a drink while enjoying some fine Spanish ballet or flamenco Monday through Saturday evenings, 9pm to 3am.
From journal Madrid, Colors of a Capital
December 11, 2003
From journal New Year in Madrid
State College, Pennsylvania
August 31, 2003
From journal Madrid
August 9, 2002
General shortage of water in Spain has affected watering of the grass, but the lake is full. You can rent a little punt and paddle around for a while. Beware, however, the sun is extremely strong and can burn you very fast.
I missed the spring plantings, but I am aware that autumn should bring a change of color in this huge park.
From journal Madrid, City of Sucess
São Paulo, Brazil
July 16, 2002
From journal Alone in Madrid
Madrid, Madrid, Spain
January 20, 2002
CASA PORTAL has excellent onion or tuna "tortillas" (omelettes), red and black sausages and cheeses. Cider is an specialty. LA CASTELA has small portions of menu dishes. Dont miss TABERNA DEL PUERTO (fried fish), LA MONTERIA (deer and a bit of everything), EL TABERNARIO, LA TABERNA DE PARRY...and a few others.
All of them are located within 200 yards, in the first three blocks of Dr. Castelo - a few places spilling into the nearby streets.
As always for "tapas" the best time to go is 1-3 pm (or 8-10 pm), specially on weekends: perfect for lunch after a sunday stroll thru the park!
Dr. Castelo is half way from "Príncipe de Vergara" and "Ibiza" metro stations.
From journal There's more to Madrid than the Prado!!