MY DAYS IN PHOTOS: OCTOBER 19-20 IN MADRID
A short day and a half (TOO SHORT) visit to Madrid to see Alyssa, The Garden of Earthly Delights, and soak up some cod, er, culture.
Continuing the travel series!
After London we headed to Madrid to see Alyssa who is currently working there and also meet up with my parents who *conveniently* planned their trip to match with ours aha.
We arrived from London in the afternoon and Alyssa met up with us at the airport! Here’s her sweet Madrid flat.
Some good post-party things sitting around the apt
We walk nearby to Plaza del Sol, on the hunt for food
We get cod croquettes and fried cod. I loved this place, no nonsense. You walk up the register and just tell them how many of each cod-item you want and they hand it to you, you pay, and then you eat it.
Here’s the outside if you wanted to visit yourself. Tucked on a little street near big shops off Plaza del Sol.
Up next? SHRIMP!
Garlic shrimp (in the little oil pots) and yummy bbqed shrimp. It’s the best when your fingers smell fishy and you get to relieve ripping off those lil’ shrimp heads…
Exploring Alyssa’s neighborhood!
Her roommate takes us to an underground sangria place. There was a super moody keyboardist and lots of senbei-style snacks.
And we stop at yet another place to end the night. It’s fun to do a little bit of nibbling and drinking at each place and then moving on. So non-committal
Bathroom selfie to end the night
They have a hammock in their living room. I was ready to sleep there.
Good morning, Madrid! Coffee first.
We prepare to meet up with my parents at the big palace
The view of Retiro Park (I think!) from the Royal Palace
Because we met up with my parents of course we were one of the first groups in – they love being early early early.
So much space for so few people
GRAND entrance for sure
My princess Alyssa in the home she deserves
Juss bein’ royal
Retreating to my royal quarters
Following my dad’s lead.
Eating some lunch near Plaza Mayor
Oxtail! Soooooo yummy. So tender.
And a little coffee treat
*Dancing girls emoji*
Little sneak peek at Plaza Mayor through the arch
In the elevator at the Reina Sofia!
Another large, assertive space
Gorgeous views from the top!
Zach and Richard Serra
My dad trying to give mom a better view of the Serra
Massive brushstrokes! Assuming it’s a Lichtenstein
*Also saw Guernica which was…just…totally amazing in person*
Artichoke design on my cafe con leche
Appreciatin’ the red painted chairs at the cafe
So ready to see the Bosch
Dad having a hard time with the map. The Prado was just too huge, he really wanted to see specific pieces so we had to really hunt, instead of wander.
Bad covert photos.
Okay, lemme just say that The Garden of Earthly Delights is like everything you want and more. It’s bigger than I expected and it’s just…so…magnetic!!!!!!!
Gigglin’ in bed with Lyssie like old times
Breakfast before catching the train for a day trip to Toledo!
Off to Toledo!
To be continued…
Much love friends.