On our first full day in Madrid, we headed straight to La Latina which is a beautiful district that reminded me so much of Notting Hill and Portobello Market area of London.
I love this photo of some old ladies having a natter outside a church.
These are pictures from my iPhone because it was so quiet in this church and people were actively praying I didn’t want to disturb them with the loud shutter sound of my DSLR camera. This church was quite impressive if a little dark and gothic.
This is actually a dressed statue and not a painting! The photo just makes it look like a painting.
Inception! A building painted onto a building to look like a street!
Isn’t that amazing!?
My mom was fascinated with the street name plaques in the area. Each one is different and depicts the name of the street.
I died over this dove grey building with black and white balconies! Divine!
Just before we entered the Royal Basilica of San Francisco el Grande, these tourists in their little buggies whizzed past laughing hysterically!
I’d never been inside a church or cathedral before so I was absolutely blow away by the incredible artwork, I wish my camera could do it justice!
I actually exclaimed “holy fuck!” at one point when I walked into a gated alcove and then immediately slapped my hand over my mouth as I realised that I had sworn in church and blasphemed no less! I was then in fits of giggles with my mom at the hilarity of the moment. Shortly afterwards, I stubbed my toe really hard on a gate holder on the floor and we fell about laughing when I said that must’ve been God’s way of punishing me and saying “who’s laughing now!”.
I am so glad we needed the toilet while in this church because in the rooms where the toilets are were corridors lined with huge ancient paintings and the ceilings painted with more stories from the bible.
I was gobsmacked!
Again, using my Triposo app, I found the best restaurant in the whole world. Viva La Vida vegetarian restaurant in La Latina. Oh my gosh! I have never eaten anything so fresh, vibrant and nourishing in my life! It is a buffet restaurant and you pay by the weight of your plate. I found it really hard to fit everything I wanted onto my plate and in fact missed out on some glorious food, but what I did get was an absolute foodgasm!
It was a warm, beautifully sunny day and we dove into our delicious meals with gusto. Honestly, even if you’re not vegetarian, you will die for this amazing buffet. The deserts were also divine!
Not only is the food incredible, the inside of Viva La Vida is beautiful too, I wanted to move in! Unfortunately the staff hardly spoke English and the lady manager seemed to be in a bad mood and I so badly wanted to suggest to her that they make a cook book which would sell extremely well. I want to eat like this every day, I would be happy as a pig in mud!
This is the Almudena Cathedral and inside is the most stunning marble work I have ever seen!
The cathedral is also a cript and I was fascinated by these graves on the walls…
This building is painted in my favourite colour!
The Royal Madrid Palace. Like the Buckingham Palace of Spain!
I have no idea what this building is but it looked like it had been left behind by a Disney film!
My mom took the above photo.
After another afternoon lying about in a park resting our tired feet and working out the cricks in our necks from staring up at cathedral ceilings, we found ourselves a little bar called La Mantequeria on a corner of a random street and were served the most amazing cocktails! I had a Cosmopolitan and I was in heaven!
We loved this painting from Ecuador in a bar where we enjoyed another excellent glass of sangria before our last supper in Madrid. The bar man was so friendly and introduced us to a Spanish singer called Jarabe de Palo who we’ve been playing at home to remind us of the sunshine and good time we had in Madrid.
On our last day, I decided we should visit a beautiful park outside of Madrid city called El Capricho. We didn’t have much time that day and I was feeling ill but it was a welcome, tranquil and stunningly beautiful park to relax in before our very long journey home.
We lay in the cool grass for about an hour and had deep and meaningfuls about life while watching little kids roll down grassy banks and listening to birds chirping in the many trees. I would have loved to have spent more time in this park and explored the full extent of it as it was so beautiful. I’m not sure if I will visit Madrid again, but I am glad that I did!
This weekend I am visiting Barcelona with one of my best friends so come back next week for my report on another Spanish city! Olé!