Earlier in July, my friend Jose and I went to Madrid. Summertime in Madrid is busy, and the crowds of people could be a little intimidating. However, Madrid has some amazing attractions, too. As the capital of Spain, the government buildings are built to both last and impress, and I was certainly impressed. People in Madrid are generally pleasant and friendly, even in the tourist-laden areas of the city. While the temperatures soar in the daytime, the evenings are cool and dry and perfect for sitting outside at a terrace restaurant with a cool beverage in hand.
However, as with most capital cities, Madrid is expensive. While the hotel and the metro were reasonable, the food in the city was pricey. The variety of food for vegetarians more than made up for the price, though, and I really appreciated the options available for my consideration.
As a bonus, there was an El Greco exhibition in the Prado museum, and we were able to see some of El Greco’s paintings that I have only seen in textbooks for so many years. Yes, I did take an illegal snapshot, but only without the flash and just to demonstrate how awesome the exhibit really was.
Overall, Madrid is definitely a great destination, and the architecture, location, and sheer variety of activities means that being bored in Madrid is a choice. This city is a bustling center of friendly people!
This means “Garden Street”…. without a garden in sight!The first words of the classic by Cervantes, Don Quixote: “In a village of La Mancha, the name of which I have no desire to remember, there lived not long ago one of those gentlemen that keep a lance in the lance-rack, an old shield, a lean old nag, and a greyhound for racing…”