Thursday, 28 July 2011

Saludos Desde Madrid!



Last weekend, Mr P and I had a wonderful short break in Madrid.

There was so much to see in the Spanish capital and so many different types of architecture. It is a true melting pot of style and design.

Both exteriors and interiors of the buildings are very impressive. My favourites were the Atocha train station and the Cathedral de la Almudena.

Did you know that there is an authentic 2nd Century BC Egyptian temple in the middle of Madrid? See the picture in the bottom right corner, it's called the Templo de Debod. In 1960, due to the construction of the Great Dam of Aswan and the consequent threat posed to several monuments and archeological sites, UNESCO made an international call to save this rich historical legacy. As a sign of gratitude for the help provided by Spain in saving the temples of Abu Simbel, the Egyptian state donated the temple of Debod to Spain in 1968.

There is also a Crystal Palace in the Retiro Park which is based on the original Crystal Palace that was built for the 1851 Great Exhibition. It was a great opportunity to see what the palace would have been like and I can now describe it more vividly to the children when we study the Victorians at school. The Madrid Crystal Palace is now used for temporary art exhibitions.

One of the favourite things we did in Madrid (other than eating - more on that to come!) was riding the Telef√©rico which is a cable car that takes you just outside the city to the public park, the Casa de Campo. You get lots of great views during the 11 minute journey, my favourite was the view of the Manzanares river, and at the end you can walk around at the top and take some pictures looking back towards the old town.

Madrid is definitely worth a visit - it is only a two and a half hour flight from London. The city looked so lovely in the summer sun and in the four days we were there we only scratched the surface of all the cultural activities it has to offer. I'm sure we'll be back there again soon! 

10 comments:

  1. I love Madrid though the mister fell foul of the pickpockets last time we were there. Fortunately, after a brief chase en famille, he got his wallet back!

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  2. @ love those cupcakes -
    That's awful. Not the thing that you want on holiday at all. Well done for chasing the pickpocket and getting the wallet back. You were all very brave! x

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  3. It looks lovely - my son went to Madrid and came back with endless photos of the football stadium!

    Pomona x

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  4. I spent a couple of days in Madrid when I was Inter-railing (a bazillion years ago). We went to the Prado and sat in some beautiful squares. And nearly got attacked by a fierce Alsatian, but that's a whole other story.

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  5. I've never been but it sounds fab. Good to get a postcard from you :)

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  6. Barcelona is where it's at... Autumn is the best time, xxx

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  7. Everything looks so beautiful - and the weather cooperated! Thanks for the "postcard" :) I am looking forward to hearing about the food!

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  8. I love Madrid. I went once as a teenager on a cultural school trip. I would love to go back and see more. x

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  9. I went to Madrid last year - it was a brief visit - sounds like you did more than us! Will remember your tips for next time! xxx

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