Wow! It has been a hot minute since I sat down and wrote a post, I guess writers block hit hard and I honestly have not had time to think, but I’m here with a new blog! I have recently come back from a few days with Madrid and the best way to fight the holiday blues is to write about them.
I love city breaks and me and Jack try to get a few in each year, especially around his birthday; this year we decided on the Spanish capital. I have been before when I was about 14/15 but I was rubbish at taking photos then so I actually had no real memories so I was excited to explore the city again with a fresh pair of eyes.
Our flight was around midday so by the time we arrived and got to the hotel it was time to head out and suss out the local area and find some dinner. We were staying right by Calle de Fuencarral which is full of shops and restaurants so it didn’t take us long until we found a place and settled for burgers and sangria.
We didn’t really have a set itinerary but we knew we wanted to go and see the Bank of Spain because we are obsessed with the Netflix show Money Heist and luckily we were staying right next to it so that was our first stop. We then wandered around and got some breakfast and stumbled across the Royal Botanical Gardens which is a must do, so many beautiful flowers and plants. We honestly walked for miles after that and ticked off most of Madrid in a day including; Plaza de Mayor, the Royal Palace and of course one of the many churro cafes (I am craving these now still). We then headed back towards the hotel for dinner at Miss Chen and a few drinks – I definitely think I am a white wine connoisseur now.
Day 3 was a bit more thought out with a visit into the Royal Palace and Cathedral – both of which were so amazing; we love looking into the history of where we are staying so this was right up our street. The rest of the day was pretty chilled with visits to different bars and shops.
Our last full day was special because it was Jack’s birthday and what better way to celebrate than with a trip to the zoo. We were like excited kids, we got up early to make sure we had a good breakfast and got a taxi over. The zoo itself was fantastic with so many different animals including 2 of my favourites; dolphins and raccoons. We stayed there for most of the morning and it was definitely one of my favourite bits of the trip. We then headed back into Plaza de Santa Ana for some birthday drinks and dinner. By this point I was getting a bit sad because our final day was coming to a close and I really didn’t want to head back to reality.
We had an early morning flight so was up and out by 8am to begin the journey home. I was so sad that the holiday had come to an end, it was such an amazing time away and we’re already planning our next ones.
– Hannah X