VISITING MADRID – DAY №4

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It was my last day in Madrid and it was raining the whole day. I had planned to go to El Rastro which is one of THE must-dos in Madrid! Actually it’s an open-air market held every Sunday where you can find everything – new and second-hand products. I was mostly impressed by antique shops with different sculptures, fountains and all kind of interesting disappeared objects.

It’s a real must-do in Madrid and to ensure you I can tell you that even walking there in the rain didn’t scare us as it worth it!

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We decided then to go have some breakfast and also to warm up a bit. I was waiting for this day to have my favourite spanish breakfast with pantumaca and torilla patata. Pantumaca is a toast with potatoes and olive oil and tortilla patata is a kind of a cake with eggs and potatoes. These are THE specialities of spanish cuisine and very very delicious.

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pantumaca

tortilla patata

tortilla patata

Another must-do in Madrid, is visiting El Retiro – the Spanish Versailles in my opinion. This is a huge park with lakes, beautiful trees, Crystal Palace, fountains, green gardens, etc. Unfortunately it was raining when I was there, but there are a plenty of activities that you can do – take a boat, do picnics, jogging, playing, walking and having a good time because you can actually relax, meditate and be around the nature…Next time I’m in Madrid, I don’t want a rain so I can benefit from El Retiro as much as possible!

El Retiro

El Retiro

 

El Retiro

El Retiro

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Next to El Retiro there is another beautiful place to see – Los Cibeles Place with its charming fountain in front of the city hall. The latter is open to public and moreover, there’s a rooftop with a terrace to have a drink. We had our coffee inside of course but with this beautiful view!

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madrid city hall  

Going back home I was glancing at the magnificient buildings and places, a little bit sad to leave Madrid, but not too much, as we were going to partyyy 🙂

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We finished this last and eventful day in a night bar Star Studio where mixed latino and pop music was playing. It’s a nice place for those who are looking for latino dances and having fun!

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Here comes to end my Journey and back to Paris it felt so sad and grey. I was disgusted at the beginning and wanted to go back.

I can tell you if you have a possibility, visit Madrid as it will affect you for sure. If anyone has questions, I’ll be pleased to respond to them.

See you soon!

Bye

 


HAPPY EASTER!

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Happy Easter to everybody! Today’s post is for those who are celebrating the Orthodox Easter. I guess it’s a challenge for me to keep this tradition in a foreign country but today we added our touch along with my friend Marina who made these delicious and healthy Easter cakes. I don’t know the recipe but surely I’m going to have them again.

IMG_20160501_104157We stopped by quickly at this nice brasserie called “La Grille Saint Germain” near Jardin de Luxembourg for a take-away coffee and even asked the landlady to heat up our homemade cakes. Well, there is a myth that the parisian waiters are rude but you know what? There are still a lot of kind people out there and we were pleasantly surprised with my friend when she took care of our cakes. So I’m definitely going back there to have some coffee in the corner of one of the most charming streets of Saint Germain des Prés.

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