Random fact by did you know that Madrid is home to the oldest restaurant in the world? While on a walking tour around the city, the guide told us about how Restaurante Sobrino de Botín was a favourite of Ernest Hemingway’s; so much that he actually mentioned it in his novel The Sun Also Rises. I know.
This blog is so nerdy.
One of the more interesting spots in Madrid: three religions in one place. A cathedral (Santa María la Real de La Almudena) in the background, the Muslim wall (Muralla Árabe) built by the Moors, and a Star of David fountain in front. Although, the star might not actually be Jewish, but it’s still a nice thought to have 🙂
WRONG. I got food poisoning that afternoon and llaollao was the only thing I had, so it mightn’t have been the best idea after all. After a walking tour in the morning, I promptly rushed back to my airbnb to nurse the stomachache.
Decided to have a bit of churros down the street after travel buddy Umi came back later in the afternoon…
The day after, we explored El Retiro Park! It’s HUGE and there’s even a lake inside where you can row a boat, for about 5 euros an hour! It was probably the highlight of the time we spent in Madrid, given the intense heat and even more intense food poisoning hahaha
There was a Crystal Palace within the park too. It was, as aforementioned, really hot so after a few pics we noped right out of there haha. We did have one of the best airbnbs in Madrid though, so I guess it all balances out 🙂
After the short Madrid moment we had, it was on to Lisbon, Portugal!