21 October 2016

Hola Madrid!

I visited Madrid for a weekend earlier this year in May and since it was my first time visiting, I was very excited. I had already been severel times to Barcelona, which I loved and after hearing so many good things about Madrid, I was looking forward to compare the two cities myself. For the record I tried to travel on a Budget, so I could get a more local vibe and also because I am not super gross rich.

Ready to take off, wearing Uniqlo sweater, Mango leather Jacket, Zara pants and vintage bag.
Photo taken with a mobile phone.

After arriving in Madrid I took the Metro (Line 8) to the city, the ticket is around 5€ (airport fee). In case of travelling at night, there is also the possibility of taking a taxi, the airport is only 20 minutes from the city.

When I travel to a city that I have never been before, I don't make a schedule. I pick out some things that I want to see or do and the rest of time I love to walk around and get lost in the city and see a different side, that is necessarily not in the guides. In case one is not as fond of walking as I am, all the main sights and places have Metro Stations, each ticket is around 1,50-2€.

  • Palacio Real de Madrid
  • Retiro Park
  • Prado Museum

These three sights were the ones I really wanted to see and I loved them. The historic architecure and art is just overwhelming. For the Prado Museum (14€) and to see the rooms of the Palacio Real de Madrid (11€), you have to get a ticket. I promise you it is money well spend, but if you are flexible with your time and travel on a budget, the Palacio and the Prado have free admission times for citizens of the European Union. I would recommend going early and to be patient, since it gets crowded during those times. 

The Palacio Real de Madrid 

The Palace has also a beautiful garden worth exploring.
Wearing H&M Top and Shorts.

The court of the Palace is not only beautiful, but also very bright. So don't forget to bring your sunglasses.

The roof in the entrance hall of the Palacio de Madrid.
Several rooms are open to the public.

The amazing Retiro Park

Feeling like Alice in Wonderland.

The Estanque Grande del Retiro and the Monumento Alfonso XII

And in the middle of park was a palace made of glass.

Palacio de Cristal in the Retiro Park

Inside of the crystal palace.

The Museo del Prado is exhibiting one of the finest and momentous art collections in the world. The museum has several pieces of Velázquez, Botticelli and Rembrandt.

Plaza Mayor de Madrid

Close to the Plaza Mayor is one of the oldest operating restaurants: Sobrino de Botin.
It is on the Forbes Top Ten List of Classic Restaurants. 

Inside the Sobrino de Botin. Ernest Hemingway used to have dinner here.
Bottles of wine aging in an underground cellar

La Mallorquina is one of the oldest bakeries and was recommended by a local. 

The Mercado San Antón offers affordable regional Tapas and has also a cute little hidden restaurant.
The top floor has a restaurant and a bar famous for it's Gin Tonic.

Regional Cheese and Olive Bread.

Enjoying dinner in Madrid.

Plaza de Espana
The Explorer Outfit: Uniqlo star blouse, Zara pants and shoes, Celine bag

Perfect companion for the city, my black bag from Celine

View of the city from the roof top bar El Corte Ingles.

Exploring Madrid by foot, beautiful flower windows.

The last day: After seen the temple of Debod, an ancient egyptian temple, I enjoyed the view of Madrid.
Wearing: Mango top, Zara skirt

Madrid is a perfect getaway for a weekend and you can do it on a moderate budget. I think May and June are good months for sightseeing and walking around during the day, since it is not too hot yet. After walking around all day, I was too tired and did not explore much of the nightlife, but it is always a good idea to leave something to do for the next visit.

07 September 2016

The fairytale city: Bruges

Once upon a time, in a far away land... There is a small city called Bruges. We went to Bruges in April and it reminded me of a fairytale. We stayed at the Hotel Bla Bla. The room was clean and nice. Located in the center of the city, we could walk everywhere. We didn't really plan much, we just wanted to walk around and enjoy ourselves. It was a perfect getaway for a charming weekend.

What to see

A must see are the colourful houses at the Grote Markt and have some famous belgium fries!

Carriages and the Provinciaal Hof

Yes, it was cold, but I was still having fun. Wearing H&M Coat, Zara Dress and Longchamp bag.

Belfry of Bruges

Walking through Bruges

Romantic like a fairytale

The Hotel and film location of the movie: In Bruges with Colin Farrell and Clémence Poésy.

A sea of beautiful Daffodils

Walking around in Ralph Lauren, Zara and H&M

Shoes, pants and leo bag from Zara
Jumper and Blazer from H&M
Jeans Shirt from Ralph Lauren

On Saturdays there is a small flea market along the Dijver.

One of personal highlights was the Madonna of Bruges, a sculpture by Michelangelo. Due to attacks on Michelangelo's Pieta, it was put behind bulletproof glas and you can only see it from a certain distance. 

What to eat

 Bruges is the hotspot for the Chocolatiers. There is one after another all around the city. 

The inside of one of the chocolate stores. Many of them also offer a tasting. Careful, you can get into a chocolate coma very fast.

You can make your own box or you can buy them already packed.

One of the most famous ones is: The Chocolate Line

Yes, they did win Gold. They also work with exquisite chefs and restaurants.

Chocolate in form of Sushi and Frogs

Beeing a Chocoholic I could not resist, I did buy one of the boxes

Window of The Chocolate Line

We had Dinner at the Gruuthuse Hof

Our dinner was really delicious and it is fair priced

Another big thing is of course: Beer. This is the beer wall of 2be

Any beer you want, you will find it here!

In the evening you can go to several places. This is Le Trappiste

What you really should do is Beer tasting! Since there is a huge range to select from, it is nice to try some different kinds.

Since the sea is very close by, we made a trip to the beach on our last day.
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