For this week’s post in my series documenting my trip to Spain two months ago, I thought I’d show you one very pleasant afternoon that we spent in Madrid. One of the highlights of my trip was meeting up with blogger friends and I believe Marién’s blog Te Veo en Madrid might have been the first blog that I followed several years ago when I began blogging. Certainly it was the first blog in Spanish that I followed. We became friends via the blogosphere and decided to meet while my family and I were in Madrid in March. Wow, it’s already been two months ago, heavy sigh…..But, I am keeping the trip alive by relating my fun experiences and sharing photos.
Marién invited us to tour the Realistas de Madrid exhibit at the Thyssen museum so we met her there to begin our afternoon. It’s an exhibit of many pieces of art from a group of painters and sculptors who all lived and worked in Madrid. It’s going on until May 22 so if you’re in Madrid, do get tickets for it. You won’t be disappointed! Unfortunately they didn’t allow photographs so I only have two photos from just outside the exhibit:
After the exhibit Marién showed us around Las Letras neighborhood. First we saw the Congreso de Los Diputados where the attempted coup d’etat happened in 1981, while I was a student in Madrid. We continued our tour and saw many interesting shops and Marién told us that many of them change often. We went into a shop that had handmade silk scarves that were so beautiful!! Alas, I forgot to take photos so you’ll just have to imagine how beautiful they were. We saw the house where Cervantes lived and died and Lope de Vega’s house and garden. A funny aside here. Hubby had not heard of Lope de Vega so he asked about him. So both Marién and I said he was a famous Spanish playwright and when he asked what he wrote the only thing that came to my mind was Fuenteovejuna, a memory from over 35 years ago. I remember my roommates from my year in Madrid were reading it for a class. I took a brief look at his plays and poems via google and nothing looks familiar but Fuenteovejuna is emblazoned in my memory for some reason.
We talked via email about where we should eat comida (lunch) and Marién suggested one of her favorite restaurants Moratin Vinoteca Bistrot and made a reservation for us about two weeks in advance. You must make reservations for this restaurant as it’s very popular and not very big. The food was fantastic and the service impeccable. If you’re in Madrid, do yourself a favor and make a reservation to eat here. I can just about guarantee that you will enjoy it as we did. I wrote a review on Trip Advisor. Feel free to have a look at it via the link.
After lunch we went our separate ways but I think of that day often and I hope to meet up with Marién again when I’m next in Madrid.