Thank you, Madrid! You were amazing :)
As always my trips to Spain are full of positive expectations and impatience to get there. This trip was planned to celebrate my forthcoming birthday and it was a great idea to do so. My friend Tamara who was in Barcelona for business came to Madrid and so we spend a great weekend in the Spanish capital. On Friday night when we arrived we started exploring the city visiting some neighborhoods already known before for good choice of bars and restaurants… We went to Chueca, ‘el barrio gay’ which was only ten minutes walk from the hotel where we stayed – Le Petit Palace in calle Tres Cruces near Granvia y la Puerta del Sol. First of all we couldn’t avoid noticing that almost every shop in Madrid was a shoe shop and above all the ‘espadrilles‘ were almost everywhere. It was good to be back and to able to speak Spanish almost most of the time. So we went to the Street Market San Ildefonso, a place where you could experience la ‘movida madrilena‘ with all it has to offer – a good choice of food and drinks, vibrant atmosphere of Spanish and international crowd… After that we went to a bar – restaurant called Naif where at about midnight everybody was still having dinner and all the tables were full. Yes, we were definitely in Madrid.
Saturday was planned to do some sightseeing so we went on a walk tour organized by Feel the city tours. These tours were free for tourists but of course could leave the tip for a guide who really deserved it. Her name was Tania and her English was perfect – not so common when Spanish people speak English :) You cannot be in Madrid and not try all the typical Spanish food – pan con tomate, paella, croquetas and many more specialties so we continued our day having a wonderful lunch in a sunny terraza drinking wine and having a good time together.
I realized the day before that there was something interesting going on in Matadero – La central de diseno where a friend of mine had the exposition of her designer’s work. So we decided to go and meet Tutu and finally see what was she doing. I was pleasantly surprised because the Dosochocinco brand founded with her friend Blanca in Barcelona was everything but not boring. Beautiful clutches made of textile in pastel colors but not only got my attention – easy to wear with and especially good for ‘after the beach’ occasions. A little bit Ibiza style :) We spent some more hours in Matadero visiting other stands of outgoing Spanish clothes, bags, jewellery designers… It was such a nice afternoon which we decided to finish relaxing in the Retiro park.
But what could be Madrid without going out a little bit more? So we gathered all our energy and went for a dinner and drinks in Malasaña, another barrio quite close to the hotel. We can recommend the Lamucca restaurant in calle La Pez, but next time we will book in advance because on Saturday night is impossible to find a place otherwise… I will finish this post with a wonderful cup I got from my friend which says ‘Nothing is impossible’ and I believe so. It’s made by my favorite creative Spanish designers – Mr. Wonderful ;)
All pictures are made by me: