I skipped the last few days, because I didn’t want to bore you to death with these posts. It’s meant to be both informative and entertaining. I only hope I’m meeting both of these objectives…
El Paseo del Arte: Art Walk
Known as the “Art Walk” in English, it comprises three of some of the most famous museums in the world: The Prado, The Reina Sofía, and Thyssen-Bornemisza) as well as the recently-added CaixaForum Madrid cultural and arts center. We only had time to see a tiny area of The Prado, spending a few hours there in the morning. I hope to get time to visit the other museums throughout the rest of the semester.
El Retiro Park
The Buen Retiro Park (Spanish: Parque del Buen Retiro, or “Park of the Pleasant Retreat) is known as El Retiro. It is an amazing park, once being the private gardens of the royal family, since the 1500s. The gardens became public in 1868, after the Queen Isabella lost power. It is home to some amazing historical buildings, flowers, gardens, and lots of pigeons.
Tapas Underground at La Mazmorra
For dinner we made our way to La Mazmorra. This restaurant specializes in tapas, but what makes it more unique, is that the restaurant is subterraneo, or underground, near the center of Madrid. It has been around since medieval times. The steps were narrow, twisted around to open up to a small bar and tiny rooms with mini wooden table and stools. Many of the buildings in the area are also underground as well. It was a very fun experience, and the tapas were good, as usual!