We Visit the Zoo & Aquarium
Paul and I have a thing for Zoo’s. We tend to go to everyone that we can find and Madrid was no exception. We went in the middle of the week and pretty much had the place completely to ourselves! So I was up front and personal for the sea-lion show!
Next we wandered off to the bald eagles and owls… at first glance you think these huge birds are just hanging out with no desire to fly away, but after a closer look, they have little ankle bands on that connect them to the ground so they don’t go anywhere. It’s really fascinating how close you can get to them, and it doesn’t phase them.
Next we were off to the monkeys, and there was a very new baby monkey that was just as interested in seeing me as I was him.
The aquarium was very nice! Again, we are super spoiled with Sea World and Disney in Orlando, but we were able to get up close and personal with some playful dolphins, sharks and a sea turtle with an exquisite personality!
I won’t bore you all with the rest of our zoo time, but i will however show you some of the pictures I took while there. It was a really fun day and it is one of the nicer zoo’s we have been to and you can get really close to most of the animals there. It was a bit pricy at 45 euros to get in for the two of us, but it was worth it!
A Walk Through Retiro Park
Paul and I took a stroll through a very large, nice park called Retiro which is just outside the center of Madrid. Once inside there are many statues, lakes and little places to grab a bite to eat. There is also a botanical garden, which in the summer I bet is beautiful!
Mercado del san Miguel & Chocolateria San Gines
This place is a MUST visit when you go to Madrid! The best way to describe it is an indoor market where tons of different food vendors set up a display of their various foods for you to buy and eat. We had a ton of great things from Grilled Chicken skewers, croquet, Sangria, cookies and saffron rice! This is a great place to sample foods that you have never tried or eat the things you know you like!
And now onto what might have been the best place in Madrid…. the Churro house! My cousin and her husband took us here, and wow is all I have to say! The place was established in 1894 and only sells Churro’s and chocolate to dip them in. It was a mad house, completely packed and after eating one, now I know why. Not only do you dip the churro’s into the chocolate, but it is custom to drink the cup of smoldering chocolate afterwards…… Thanks Tomas for the demonstration! I don’t know what is funnier the look on Tomas’s face or the guy behind him?!?!
A Trip to Museo Nacional del Prado
Just outside the park is the museum. It’s free to get in after 5:00 and there was a line wrapped around the building. The museum itself is 2 stories and it’s almost impossible to see it all in one trip. Once again, I got in trouble for taking photos, but I was able to sneak 1 or 2 in before I got yelled at in Spanish.
While walking around we found a little slice of heaven called “Taste of America” in this little store you can find all kinds of American treats from brownie mixes to fruit roll ups and canned pumpkin to Fluff and everything in between. Paul got some pop tarts and I got an A&W Root beer. They were however out of Peanut Butter which we still have yet to find. But wait…… my cousin then informs me that the super market right next to her apartment does in fact have peanut butter! So we run over there just before our flight and find what appears to be peanut butter, we are excited! I throw it into our carry on (they only bad we brought on the trip) and to the airport we go! Not even in possession of this sawed after jewel for 30 minutes and TSA decides to open our bag and confiscate our peanut better……. now we are sad and back to square one. I think the trick is to have a checked bag, time will tell when we come back home at the end of the month!
Madrid was a wonderful place and much more Americanized than any other place we have been so far. The architecture is gorgeous, the people are friendly and the history is interesting.