Spain Day 4: [Madrid] Parque del Retiro, Cathedral del Madrid, Opera, and Sol.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Today we planned to some places. Let’s see how many places will we visited today. The first destination was Parque del Retiro. It was like Central Park in NY, a super huge garden in the center of the city of Madrid. We took Metro from Arturo Soria station down to Retiro station, about 8 station including 1 transfer. Arriving in the park, and all I could say just, “Oh my God!” it was really huge and European. There were playground, a gazeebo for oldies do sport, many statues, a big lake, and many shops. My planned visit this park was just to taking a picture and felt another part of Madrid’s people daily life. These all the pictures. Watch my photos then you would also feel been in Madrid 😉

Parque del Retiro, Madrid 1

Parque del Retiro, Madrid 2

Playground at Parque del Retiro, Madrid

Parque del Retiro, Madrid 3

Parque del Retiro, Madrid 4

Parque del Retiro, Madrid 5

Parque del Retiro, Madrid 6

Parque del Retiro, Madrid with Sheila

Parque del Retiro, Madrid 7

Parque del Retiro, Madrid 8

Parque del Retiro, Madrid 9

Right across the park on one of the side, there was a Madrid Cathedral. We didn’t enter the church because lacking of information whether we allowed to enter the church or not. It was one of difficulties touring in Spain since not everyone speaking English.

Madrid Cathedral

After almost 4 hours exploring Parque del Retiro and Madrid Cathedral, we was planned to visit Palacio Real, the palace for the Spanish king. Mario was trying to tell me the easiest way to reach the palace, he told me to use the train or bus to Opera. We was using train that time, to Opera. But, after exiting the Opera station, which was about 4 stations after Retiro, we couldn’t find the palace, no sign direction, and almost impossible to ask people on the street. We took pictures around Opera and gratefully Opera was located not really far from Sol, the center of shopping district. Sheila and me got explored Sol one more time.

We found castanas, one of winter meal in Spain, 15 castanas for 3 €.

The black one is Castanas (read: kastanya)

Having really late lunch on 4 pm on Istanbul Doner Kebap. I ate beef kebap, for about 6,45 €. Delicious kebap.

Istanbul Kebap in Sol

Beef kebap

At 9 pm, we arrived the embassy to have a dinner. Fortunately, Fahmi already came from Barcelona, and he took us to a restaurant near embassy, VIPS.

I ate strawberry toast croissant, cost 5,00 €.

Strawberry toasted croissant

Hmm, I explored Madrid till got super tired, but still, super fun. Alhamdulillah. See you on another around of my exploration in Madrid.



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