On my second day in Madrid I visited the Prado Museum. I was lucky as one of my friends who actually lives in Madrid suggested to be our guide and make a tour for us! José Luis made a great favour for us as without his knowledge and guide skills I’d be bored after seeing two paintings and would like to go home. Well, the point is, get a good guide who will make it interesting for you and will catch your attention! (If anyone is interested, I can give you José’s contacts).



The painting that YOU MUST ABSOLUTELY SEE is Christ Washing the Disciples’ Feet of Tintoretto. Actually I would have never paid attention unless somebody warned me to look at this paiting attentively. If you’re looking at this painting from your right, on the left of the painting you’ll see a little white building which is outside of the dome and is in the second plan. But when you move to the left side of the painting, this white building I DON’T KNOW HOW but moves with you and now it’s situated right in the center of the paiting! Check out the video here:




I took two picture of this painting before I was asked to turn my camera off but still I’m happy to have this proof of how the painter created this beautiful and magic optical illusion. I think I was so charmed by this painting that I was going back and forth for couple of minutes trying to find out the trick!

Well, there are a lot of must-see paintings of course like the Garden of Earthly Delights of Bosch, Nobleman with his Hand on his Chest of El Greco, Las Meninas  and Surrender at Breda of Velázquez, La Maja vestida and La Maja desnuda of Goya, The Three Graces of Rubens, etc.

We spent about 4 hours there but we eagered for more and more after getting involved in the history. Thanks again to José 🙂

On our way back from the museum right across the street, there were these magnificent statuettes in the balcony. Madrid is genious!



Now time to eat! Even though my friends told me that the real paella is in Valence, I was stubborn and hungry and eager to have my paella no matter what. We found this nice restaurant Casa Luciano not far from the museum where I had the famous paella that I was waiting for! I like dit, really tasty! When I’m in Valence next time, I’ll taste it there too, no problem, dude 🙂



Now when we were finishing our meal we received a call from a friend of ours and decided to visit her in the hostel she was running. I was staying at my friend’s as I told but this Hostel was pretty cute. Old fashion furniture, all the commodities and a friendly simple atmosphere for comfortable prices (about 16-19 EUR) ! I think it might be a good deal for those who are looking for something in the downtown, not too expensive. Both the hostess and the guests are funny and this makes you feel cosy! You can check out their website here









We finished this day with a tapas bar. I DO RECOMMEND YOU to ask what’s on your tapas before ordering or eating it because you might be surprised. The tapas I ordered that evening looked yumi but when my friends told me that it was made of the testes of the bull!!!!!! OMG, I was disgusted to have eaten the half already!!!! it makes me shiver even now at the very thought of it!


See you on my next post to follow up this fabulous Journey!

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Hello guys! I’m happy to share my experience of visiting Madrid for the first time. In this post I’ll give you some tips, ideas and addresses that might be useful for you if you’re ever planning on going to Madrid.

So to start with, it was the first time I was taking Transavia and I can say it’s ok if you’re flying in Europe, pretty comfortable for economy class!

FLYING TO Madrid via TransaviaI had this amazing view out of my window (I was staying at my friend’s appartment which was perfectly situated near the metro La Latina).

LA LATINA, MADRIDThe first thing to do was to go and grab some food because I was starving! We went to Mercado San Anton where I tasted tapas. This place was really fantastic as you could walk around, buy some food in the market and eat right there! Well, of course after having done the line as it’s pretty crowded during the meal time (the lunch time is between 14h and 16h, it was a hmmm….how to say, ..interesting lol).




IMG_20160505_231957And the olives are especially tasty as well as their famous olive oil!


Now that we have filled out bellies we can go visiting! The Plaza Mayor is a must-do as it’s one of the major squares of Madrid, one of the oldest and attractive. It kinda recalled me Dome Square of Florence and it was as much crowded by the tourists. What makes this square special is that right here during the reign of Felipe 2 there were public executions, crowning ceremonies, bullfights, and inquisition trials.

plaza mayor, MadridYou can walk, take some coffee in one of numerous cafés or take a funny picture with typical spanish dress only for 1 euro as I did.

spanish girl

Just next to Plaza Mayor there is another square – Puerta del Sol which is also attractive thanks to the statue of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree.

The Bear and the Strawberry Tree

But not only! It’s a busy corner of Madrid with a lot of shops with typical spanish staff. Aaaamazing!

puerta del sol

el matadorspanish fan


Now we can go shopping! First at El Corte Inglès, then at the Gran Via – Madrid’s main avenue with a lot of boutiques and beautiful buildings.

H&M Madrid

El Corte Inglès, Madrid






After the shopping we were a bit exhausted and we decided to climb up the rooftop to have a coffee at the Gourmet Experience – the delicatessen food floor of the Corte Inglès with spanish shopping galleries.  You have this beautiful view of Madrid and it’s even better if you manage to get a table near the window so as you could have your coffee and enjoy the view!

El Corte Inglès


On our way back home we went to the museum of jamon and to one of the churches near the metro La Latina. In the latter it was really nice to walk as it was calm and quiet (no tourists at all, so no noise 🙂 ) and actually it was possible to stay alone with oneself for a little while.

музей хамона

музей хамона







That was all for today! Tired and exhausted we got home to get a rest and energy for the next day.

You can continue reading the next part in my next post.

See you !:)

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