Exploring Madrid

As promised, here is my beautiful and fulfilling experience in Madrid and Barcelona. You all have no idea how excited I was. Booked my tickets way back in December 2013 and I have to wait 3 months to actually go on this trip.

Before I go into all the juicy details, I have to say, I'm in love with Quatar Airway. Fly anywhere with Quatar and you will never be bored. The selections of movies were AMAZING!!! If you are those kinds who can't sleep in the plane, next time, try Quatar. The movies selection will entertain you throughout your journey because they have most of the popular movies whether is it old or new.

It was a long and tiring flight from Singapore to Madrid since I have to transit twice (SG-Doha-Barcelona-Madrid). The exhaustion soon disappears when we finally reached Madrid. I was all hyped up and ready to go.

It was only a 15-20mins ride from the airport to our hotel (Hotel Regente) at Gran Via. The architectures and surrounding environment were breathtaking and with such beautiful weather, it's definitely a plus plus. The hotel we were staying is located in the central of Gran Via, its surrounded with shops and cafes like Zara, Sephora, Loewe, Starbucks, etc and right behind this building, were 2 different El Corte Ingles.

Settled down for quick lunch at one of the Japanese Restaurant when a brunch of people holding flags starts walking down the road protesting. Roads were blocked from cars to ensure no one gets hurt. As time passes, more and more Protestants covered up the roads. Since the roads were blocked and the Protestants were friendly to us, we took this opportunity to take photos on empty roads and slowly enjoy the walking around Gran Via.

Walked down the street of Calle de Alcala (also known as the longest street in Madrid), this is the street where most of the attractions are located such as Metropolis Building, Plaza de Cibeles, Alcala gate and etc. If you walk toward the Alcala gate, you will be able to see the northern entrance of Buen Retiro Park.

Headed to Buen Retiro Park, one of the largest parks in Madrid. The park was OMG WOW! Near the northern entrance were the Retiro Pond and the Monument to King Alfonso XII. People were sitting on the stairs by the pond and some were rolling in little boats, it was beautiful. And then there were Paseo de la Argentina and Crystal Palace. We couldn't finish this park because it was way too big and we need some coffee break to ease the jet lag. This park is definitely the place where you want to be hand in hand with someone you love and enjoy every part of it. My parents were enjoying it and being the third wheel, I just got to do my own sightseeing.

After that, we headed to Calle de Jose Ortega y Gasset to boost the economic (if you know what I mean). Its one of the best shopping area in Madrid where you can find most of the luxury brand boutiques here so if you are into buying luxury goods, this is definitely the place you want to go. There's Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Chanel, etc etc. There's also El Corte Ingles down the street so you might want to check it out.

Since the weather turns really cold at night and we were freezing, we popped into one of the hotel there called Villa Magna to warm ourselves up and ask for direction. Man this hotel is gorgeous!!! One word, GRAND! This is the hotel everyone wants to stay in. Even though we were just finding shelter, they welcome us and help us with direction. Friendly and helpful service is what every customer is looking for and they have it. My parents were impressed, I was impressed, and how we wished we found this hotel rather than the one we were staying at. Another reason why I didn't bother to even blog about it. Everything about it is just bad except it's location. 

Anyway, my first day in Madrid ended with a late dinner and sore legs. Walked way too much and totally knocked ourselves out. No more intense walking for the rest of the trip because my dad hurts his leg. Anyway the cab fares in Madrid is really cheap so why suffer when you can just hired a cab right?

To be continue...

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