Even when we were at the aircraft, we were told that there was some kind of political turmoil going on in Madrid and the city would be filled with trash all around. I disregarded the comment at first because I knew what I wanted to do in the city already.
Upon arrival in the hotel I rested for about a little over an hour and then headed out to Puerta del Sol. Going there from the hotel required two line transfers via Madrid's subway. In the subway, my friend and I were guarding each other's stuff like hawks! Because even from the first time I was here and even from the ladies at the reception of the hotel, we were constantly warned of pick pockets and the like.
Exiting Puerta del Sol, we were indeed greeted by a lot of trash and some protests...
|A banner of protest right laid out right in the middle of Puerta del Sol|
|A protester being interviewed by what seems to be a local TV station|
|The symbol for Anarchy plus more graffiti and trash|
|Trash all over the city uncollected due to protests|
|View of the rest of the restaurants from our table.|
|Plaza Mayor relatively cleaner than the rest of the city.|
We had lunch by the side of the plaza in a restaurant offering some local Spanish cuisine. With the cool weather and great food we had a very relaxed time.
|Just a bottle of water, you know me.|
|A pint of Sangria!|
|A plate of Tapas. Looks mouthwatering!|
|A whole pan of Seafood and Chicken Paella. YUM!|
|Roman looking statues with Roman-Spanish names.|
|Beautiful autumn trees just right above a line of cafes|
|Statue and fountain at the centre of Plaza de Oriente.|
|Face of one of the fountain heads.|
After Plaza de Oriente I still kept searching for the real "Palace Gardens" that I saw in the map before, and search we did, then we stumbled upon Sabatini Gardens...
|The centre of Sabatini Garden right at the back of the palace.|
|A beautifully formed marble statue.|
|A small fountain surrounded by hedges.|
|View of the whole garden from the road above.|
Remembering my mental map however, this was still not the "Palace Gardens" I was searching for because the garden I wanted to go to was at the side of the palace not at the back. So we went out and around the huge block of the palace complex, feeling a bit tired we were happy to be rewarded with a view of the entrance to Campo del Moro...
|The view to the entrance of Campo del Moro.|
It was a grand and magnificent garden filled with beautiful autumn trees and a dual ascending path leading straight to the palace. The whole park itself extends across from Almudena to the Palace and the edge of Sabatini. It was that huge and it was a pleasure exploring its grounds...
|Pathway leading east of the gardens.|
|Some flora growing by the side of the garden pathway.|
|Beautiful autumn colours, a great contrast from the previous parks.|
|Wouldn't you love to just sit here, take in the beauty of the place and perhaps read a book?|
|My favourite photo. A great showcase of the changing season.|
|Birds suddenly came out of the trees and started circling above us.|
After resting we walked back to Puerta del Sol in the middle of walking we were so tired that we rested again, then I took this picture...
|View of the moon right above us.|
Walking towards Puerta del Sol we looked at stuff to buy, bought some dinner to take back to the hotel and then I encountered these little peculiar brand of chocolate candy bars...
|Filipinos brand chocolate candy bars!|
My jaw dropped, I didn't know what to think or feel? Was it good? Was it bad? Was it a colonial thing? Was it unintended? Does the word mean something completely different in spanish? Regardless I did not buy it, I was already feeling sick and the last thing my throat and tonsils needed were something sweet, I would however buy it the next time when I'm feeling better, I'll try all the flavours!
Overall It was a very nice, albeit, short stay in Madrid so many unintended blessings passed our way and the best part was I only spent 35EUR and it's the 35EUR left over from my trip to Rome a few months ago! So I didn't exchange any money! Yey! Haha
This is my first official post, a preview of things to come, hope you guys actually read it hahaha. Sorry if the photos are small, I really don't want to post the full size and quality of any of my pictures.
The complete set of pictures can be found on my Facebook account!
Until my next trip, Adios!