All posts tagged: palacio real

Madrid

With only one full day in Madrid we needed to hit the ground running, which is exactly what we did….running around Retiro real, a beautiful park once owned as leisure grounds for the royal family. About 75 hectares of sculptured grounds, with a magnificent Crystal palace surrounded by lakes, and a huge rectangle man made lake, popular for rowing. Absolutely fabulous, and such a change from Barcelona, with grass and trees aplenty. They certainly knew who to live it up, the Spanish Royals, wallowing in an ostentatious display of wealth, but more of which we would see later! Home, refreshed and off to the Mercato San Miguel, probably the most famous market in Madrid, for breakfast. Unlike Barcelona La Boqueria, this market is quite compact, only about 20 stalls selling the usual market stuff, with a strong emphasis on grog! Looks promising……oh wait, it’s only 9am. Damn, coffee and croissants it is! Plus some fresh peaches to keep the PT crew happy! Ok, ok, maybe a churros as well. Pretty much next door is the …