Madrid Journals

Madrid Mayhem and Museums

A September 2006 trip to Madrid by Roozie

Quote: We stopped in Madrid just for a Pearl Jam concert. We were pleasantly surprised!

Madrid Mayhem and Museums


Madrid is more or less a business city. But that didn't stop us from having a good time here! We loved the opulence of the Palacio Real, and the Royal Armory was particularly stunning.

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Madrid is pretty easy to get around via the Metro. It's clean and fast.

High Tech - Petit Palace Italia

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Hotel | "High Tech Petit Palace Italia"

This hotel was facing the Gran Via and we saw the sign immediately after we came out of the Metro station. It had a Starbucks underneath it, which made my husband very happy. The entrance to the hotel is actually to the left of the Starbucks, down a narrow street. It's not an alleyway, just a narrow street. Since it is basically situated on the Gran Via in a commercial area, there was no lack of taxis, places to eat or places to shop. It was, however, quiet in the noise category so we slept pretty well while we were there. The room was modern, comfortable, air conditioned, and we had a view of the narrow street but we could see the Gran Via if we poked our heads out the window. The bathroom wa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 10, 2007

High Tech - Petit Palace Italia
2 Gonzalo Jiménez De Quesada (right Off Gran Via, 32)
+34 915 211 043

Prado Museum/Museo del Prado

Attraction | "Museo del Prado"

I took almost five years of Spanish in high school, and every year I had to hear or watch a video about the Prado. I guess all that build up had to lead to some kind of disappointment. We were impressed by the size of this museum. It never seemed to end! But that was about it. There were a couple of pictures that we liked, mostly from El Greco. Some of the others were quite grotesque in nature, like the one of a god chowing down on a cherub. It literally showed the cherub's throat being chewed off. That one gave me the creeps. There were others by Fra Angelico that I liked, and one of two dogs' heads that my husband liked.There are not only paintings in the Prado, but sculptures as well. Howev...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 10, 2007

Prado Museum/Museo del Prado
Calle Ruiz De Alarcón 23
Madrid, Spain 28014
+34 91 3302800