After a couple days in Seville, we hopped on a high speed AVE train up to Madrid. Two hour train ride from city center to city center!
The Statue of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree, which comes from the coat of arms for Madrid:
We had to stop by Chocolateria San Gines, Madrid's most famous churros cafe.
This Schweppes sign on the Carrion Building is iconic in Madrid.
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We went up to this rooftop bar across the street from the Metropolis Building and spent the afternoon laying in the sun and looking at the view. It was heavenly!
Afterwards, we walked along to Plaza Cibeles and through the park.
Parque del Retiro was absolutely gorgeous as well, in keeping with the city! This here is The Monument to King Alfonso XII:
And of course, the Crystal Palace!
We went to the Museo Reina Sofía (free hours M,W-Sa 7-9 and Sun 1:30-7) but didn't make it to the Prado Museum unfortunately!Madrid was also very peaceful. The city seemed very calm, happy, cheerful, etc. I felt at ease there (except when we both came down with the flu the last two days of our trip!!).
Catch up with the rest of our trip to Spain below!
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