With a few days off last week, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to go somewhere fun to ring in 2010. Off we went to Madrid!
I didn't know what to think about Madrid before we arrived. I've heard loads of people say how beautiful Barcelona is without much mention of Madrid - it had me worried. Well the verdict is in and Madrid totally impressed - it’s the perfect old city being used in a modern way. Small enough to cover on foot but metropolitan enough to have loads to see. Its very tourist friendly thanks to a great metro and signage. All that plus great food equal a fabulous trip.
On our first day we took a tour around the city at night.
The weather was pretty erratic. Most of the time it was raining but then we'd get about an hour of brillant blue skies before the wet weather returned. I squeezed in as many photos as I could when it was dry.
When it was really coming down, there was plenty to do indoors. Like view the masterpieces at the Prado. I only got off 2 photos before I was yelled at - photos are not allowed!
And of course there was always a place to stop in for a bite to eat - food was a highlight. I've never eaten so much cured meat!
When it was dry enough for an umbrella, we hoofed it all over town.
Just after the sun set on the last day of 2009, we saw a race right outside our hotel window. Pretty in pink!
Then it was time to ring in the New Year with Uvas de la Suerte (Good luck grapes). Trust me, stuffing 12 grapes in your mouth at midnight isn't as easy as it sounds.
With barely a hangover, we hoped back on the metro to the airport.
For those that follow me on Twitter - you already know my bags were lost. Thankfully they were found again after 2 days. Maybe they stopped off in Barcelona for a visit?
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