Dad and I arrived to Madrid after a bump airplane ride, complete with mid-air return for radar repairs before we crossed the Atlantic! We were relieved to finally get to our room at The Palace Hotel. It was gorgeous; we had a delicious breakfast every morning, and a central location to walk from to explore the city.
The day we arrived, I walked to Puerta del Sol to check out some shopping! They had my favorite European-based brands, including well-known stores like Zara, H&M, Sephora, and TopShop, as well as some of the brands I used to shop in Paris like Pimkie, C&A, and Etam.
|Puerta del Sol|
The next day, we took a bus and walking tour of the city. Dad loved the Plaza de España, with its statues for Cervantes and Don Quixote. (He loves that book!) I loved the colors as we walked through Plaza Mayor. It was a great way to explore the beauty of Madrid.
|Plaza de Espana|
We joined a few others in our group for dinner at Restaurante Botin, the world's oldest restaurant according to Guinness! It was an intimate, classic Spanish restaurant, with a tiny staircase and tiled walls covered with old paintings. I chose a prix-fixe menu of garlic soup, their famous cochinillo asado (roasted suckling pig), gelato, and red wine. Delicious!!!