When we arrived back in Madrid after visiting Prague, my parents, brother, and I were all pretty tired of site-seeing. We opted for a more relaxing two days with less early mornings and all day walking tours and more leisurely walks and quite afternoons.
Luckily, we had fabulous weather – sunny, light breeze, and mid-50s. We started the morning with a typical Spanish breakfast of café and pan tostado con tomate at a great bakery my dad discovered on the corner of Vallehermoso and Donoso Cortes. And we spent the afternoon at El Parque del Buen Retiro (remember how I was there every weekend in the warmer months?) and finally rented a row boat in the Estanque (man-made lake). During the off-season it costs 4,55 euro for 45 minutes, a great deal especially since we got so lucky with the weather!
Didn’t get any pictures of Mom rowing (we kicked her out after her a few minutes) or Alex (I was sitting behind him!)
I treated my family to kebabs for lunch, which they thoroughly enjoyed although they were expecting barbecue kebabs (as in on the stick), haha. And after a nice siesta, we spent the night over in Opera, showing them the Teatro Real, Catedral Real & Palacio Real and having delicious tapas in the Plaza de Isabel II. It’s really a cool area over there, and I hope to explore it more often now!
The next morning, my parents got up early to explore the Thyssen Museum while my brother and I slept in, but we met them afterwards at Zara. After a little bit of shopping we headed over to Cien Montaditos since it was 1 euro Wednesday with my roommate Bruna and Dan’s cousin, Michael, who had just arrived from New York. Though their trip was short, I think we packed as much into it as we could, despite all of the time spent in airports. I can’t wait for them to come back again!