Where did I leave off? Oh that’s right, with a London recap and promises to blog more. About that…
Well! Let’s start with pictures from Madrid (the city and people were great, by the way):
About 2 hours into the train ride, we ended up driving through a legitimate snow storm– after that, I could not get “White Christmas” music out of my head! Who loves that movie as much as I do?
But after not eating for over six hours, we were all starved and ready to eat just about anything. I quickly learned that Madrid’s idea of a vegetarian meal always involves tuna or pork. Ha! After an hour of searching, we decided upon a more upscale place with at least several veggie options. I ordered a salad with a deliciously sweet mango dressing and side of eggs.
After exploring a bit in the pouring rain, we took naps, showered and ate some more! Followed that with “Cave Bar” festivities. So so fun. Their signature drink has milk in it (milk and liquor? -1), but drops from the ceiling every time someone orders it (+2).
When in Spain, I literally turn to sauteed vegetables, white wine (learning to love it…up next, tackle red), eggs, and/or lentils at almost every meal. I know I’ve hit it big when lentils are on the menu! Sarcasm?
We spent Saturday taking a bus tour through town, touring the Royal Palace (unbelievingly detailed and gorgeous), and exploring the Prado Museum. If you ever make it to Madrid, I highly recommend paying the extra 4 euro for an inside tour of the Palace!
For dinner, we found this adorable restaurant with fresh whole wheat bread, baba ganoush, roasted vegetable salads…and organic wine.
And on Sunday, we took a stroll through Parque Retiro, grabbed cappuccinos, and rested during our three hour train ride back home (to Barcelona).
Though before leaving, I spotted one of Madrid’s finest delicacies….
NOT. Spain would!
Now that my mom is here (!!), we’ve been visiting Barcelona’s best sights and museums…all before flying off to Florence, Italy this Friday! We plan on eating our weight in Italian pizza and gelato. Seriously, Icannotfreakingwait.