By this point in our year, Cat and I were turning our attentions toward seeing more of Spain, our main goal. Even though we had access to the rest of Europe, we wanted to leave at the end and feel that we left our tracks on every cobblestone, left no pastry untasted, and had a Spanish story to tell.

After returning home from Italy we pulled up a map of Spain and began plotting places to go. Madrid, Sevilla, and Barcelona are the first places one thinks of when Spain comes to mind, and we planned those around trips to smaller towns.

I cannot lie to you, readers, and say that Amy and I were organized. Sometimes we threw trips together the night before (tossed salad trips); sometimes we had them planned weeks in advance (roast turkey trips). It depended on where we were going, how we felt, and the ease of getting there. Madrid was our first turkey trip after Christmas, and one of our most seamless.

I suppose that when compared to other European cities, Madrid falls a hair short. It’s only been the capital of Spain for 400 years, a blink in the eye of European history. And there’s not really a monument that says, “Hey world, this is Madrid!” But, whatever is lacking, Madrid makes up for in atmosphere. It’s a city where the terms “classy” and “flashy” can comfortably snuggle up to each other. Plus, as the third largest city in the European Union, Madrid brings a lot to the table. The food, the nightlife, the museums, the parks and gardens, the shopping, and the architecture—a mixture of medieval mansions, Madrileño brick baroque, and royal palaces—make a for a truly unique city.

Cat and I spent three days in Madrid wandering around, visiting museums, and buying shoes. We started in the Atocha train station, which has an indoor forest complete with turtle pond. I’m a simple person, with simple needs, so the turtles really did it for me.

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DSC_0113 DSC_0117 Losing my cool again on our way to the first museum. Cat really is funny.

DSC_0120 DSC_0326 DSC_0330 DSC_0336 Seeing the famous bear in the Puerta del Sol. We were lukewarm on the bear, but the plaza was nice.

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We made it to the Royal Palace JUST in time. Shoe shopping previously distracted us.

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What do you think of frozen Madrid? We really enjoyed our time there.

Thanks for traveling with us. More to come.

K & A

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