An August 2003 trip
to Madrid by recordnerd
Quote: Chronicles of one twenty-something girl's week and half in the Spanish capital.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 20, 2003
Plaza del Angel, 12
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 20, 2003
Café del Circulo de Bellas Artes
Calle Alcalá 42
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 20, 2003
Café del Sol
Calle Espoz y Mina, 14
Restaurant | "La Botillería del Café de Oriente"
Botillería del Café de Oriente
Plaza de Oriente, 4
For an 8 euro dinner, I got a big bowlful of excellent veggie paella and a quite frothy mug of organic apple juice. The surprisingly tasty gazpacho-like soup was on the house and an added bonus either way.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 20, 2003
Ventura de la Vega, 4
Madrid, Spain 28014
+34 91 4295092
Restaurant | "Pans & Company"
Pans & Company
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Santa Isabel 52
Madrid, Spain 28012
+34 (91) 7741000
Attraction | "museo thyssen-bornemisza"
Museo Lazaro Galdiano
Attraction | "palacio real"
Not as crowded as Versailles or Schoenbrunn, I was able to pace myself (on this fixed route) quite nicely, up the grand staircase, and the various halls and rooms, with the loveliest chandeliers, frescoes, and armoires. The state dining room was impressive -- then again, what wasn't? -- and I heard it's still used for official banquets. All the time I was using mental telepathy to be invited to some function.
After another dreamy glance down at the interior courtyard, imagining ladies-in-waiting instead of the fiats that were actually present, I headed to the real armeria and the real farmacia to look at royal armor and royal medicine, respectively. A lovely view is on the west side of the courtyard, looking over Madrid.
Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real)
Calle Bailén, 6
Madrid, Spain 28013
+34 91 5475350
Attraction | "teleférico de madrid"
Paseo del Pintor Rosales, s/n
Madrid, Spain 28008
+34 91 5417450
Washington, District of Columbia