In early July I met my mother, sister and grandmother in Madrid. I hadn't seen them in nine months. It was my first time in Madrid and I was so happy to see the sun!
The city is beautiful and easily accessible, maneuvering through the metro was really easy. After I met my family at our hotel we wandered the nearby area. We were well located near Atocha station and found ourselves in Parque del Buen Retiro. The weather was perfect, sunny and warm. We had sangria and walked around, catching up. We had tapas for dinner, naturally- I had to have some jamon iberico!
On Saturday, I was focused on seeing the Prado museum. I ended up seeing the museum on my own, the line was too long for my family (who aren't nearly as interested in art as I am.) The collection was amazing and I had a really lovely time seeing it all.
That evening my sister and I went out for drinks in Malasana, just hopping around and meeting people. We found a cute micro brewery as well. It was fun and charming. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming.
Sunday we wandered toward Plaza Mayor and then snacked our way through Mercato San Miguel. All of the food was amazing! Burrata, crab salad with seaweed, a little spongebob looking crabby patty, mango sangria, spinach pastry... It was a good afternoon.
We kept walking from there and found ourselves at the palace and Cathedral de la Almudena (where I posed like an angel). Our next stop was the Egyptian Temple of Debod. So fascinating that in the center of Madrid an ancient Egyptian temple has survived for centuries.
Mom and I then visited Reina Sofia to cross something huge off my art bucket list, Picasso's Guernica. For years I have been dying to see this painting. When I finally did, I was so moved! It was stunning: huge, dynamic and powerful. I teared up a little. The horrors of the Spanish Civil War were really brought to life, it was haunting.
After dinner we lightened things up. My mother had bought us tickets to the Elvis Costello show at the Teatro Monumental. The small, beautiful venue was perfect for the show. He played classics like Alison and Watching the Detectives. It was him alone on the stage with his guitar and piano. Seeing a legend is always a treat!
We flew back to Amsterdam Monday morning and the dream came to an end when I got a horrible ear infection on the flight home. Small price to pay for a great weekend in a new city with my family!