...was marvellous and kingly...
|This is a city build for kings and queens|
|Clouds gather menacingly over Madrid's glorious skyline|
|The sky weeps as I read Cervantes on the street|
|Golden light and a rainbow, simply magical|
|Waiting to get into the Palacio de Desportes where Muse were about to perform|
and added a few undesirable yet thoroughly enjoyed centimetres to our waistlines.
|Breakfast at Miranda's|
|Mercado De San Miguel - How foodie paradise looks, smells and tastes like|
|Forbidden Fruit (for me)|
|Seasonal & Healthy|
|The King of Jamon|
|Just for me|
|The perfect combination|
|And then Sangria with a Portuguese custard pie ...the Iberian combination|
|White & Tawny Port|
|This is what I call a cheese boutique|
We planned this trip for more than three months. Such a big feat for us! Usually, we book everything at the last minute. But not this time! When Muse announced their European tour dates in June, I immediately signed up for 2 tickets for their Madrid gig in October 2012. My attachment to their music is kinda karmic. I was meant to listen to their songs as I was emerging out of the eye of the typhoon that had ravaged my inner and physical health for almost two years. I was sitting on a bench in Zagreb's Zrinjevac garden, sometime around April 2010, when I realised that for the first time I was actually looking and absorbing the information around me instead of thinking about pain and anxiety. It was a revealing moment and the song playing in my headphones that became its soundtrack forever was this one.
I was looking forward to this concert all summer not only because I wanted to see Muse but also because I wanted to prove to myself that it is possible to book a trip 3 months ahead and not cancel or reschedule!!!
|So close to the stage!!!|
Anyway my positive attitude towards planning ahead worked! We actually made it to Madrid, even though Georgie booked our return flight a month later than the actual return date (21st of November instead 21st of October!!!!)
I asked Georgie to book the hotel for us and he did a great job booking Hotel De Las Letras a wonderful, renovated building with modern design, a great restaurant, situated on Gran Via - you just cannot get any closer to the centre than that!
The initial reason for this trip was off course the concert but that changed when we found ourselves with one extra day after Georgie's little ticket mistake. One more day means museums, and walking around town and discovering cute little places to have tapas and beer...
|Read Neruda before bed for dreams of love and longing|
|The most addictive mini - Mini Bar. I knew I shouldn't have but I did|
|The beds had wheels - design is not always comfortable...|
|Puerta Del Sol just before sunset|
|Crowds of people everywhere|
|Finally the sun came out|
|Unfortunately we were not able to see all of it - my back could not handle its vastness|
|At Museo Reina Sofia|
|This lady is making me a personalised apron - I'm such a tourist sometimes!|
|Catch the bobble before it pops|
|A wedding is always the best tourist attraction on a Saturday morning|
|Laduree Recipe Book bought at CDG airport|
|Affordable snack time at Charles De Gaul Airport|