Epic Escapades in Madrid

Almudena Cathedral has a traditional Neo-Gothic exterior, but a surprisingly modern interior. Many visitors had a very strong opinion of the cathedral. I loved the bright pops of color, but others disliked it. I even heard one man next to me say it looked tacky. Either way it is definitely a sight to behold and the grand scale of the cathedral will overwhelm your senses.

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Buen Retiro Park is one of the largest parks in Madrid, and was my favorite place I visited while we were there. You could spend days getting lost among the beautiful trees, sculptures and monuments. Not only that, but there is also a lovely lake to walk around, go boat riding or simply sit by the water’s edge and soak up the sun.

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I went to Mercado de San Miguel, which is an incredible tapas market located in the center of Madrid. Boy is this place incredible! yummm

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There are many amazing day trips you can take while staying in Madrid. My friend and I chose to visit Toledo. Toledo is known as the City of Three Cultures, a place where Christians, Muslims and Jews coexisted for many years. We took a lovely train ride to this province.

Check out this incredible view as we are crossing over the bridge to the town. It looked this stunning everywhere we went!

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This is one of many beautiful cathedrals in Toledo. We had the place all to ourselves and the deafening silence added to the magnificent feel of the place.

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We wandered along small narrow streets, allowing ourselves to get lost among the beautiful  crumbling buildings and stunning architecture.

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Toledo is up on a hill and is surrounded by water. We just sat at the bottom and enjoyed the sun and grand views. We had just climbed through every inch of that amazing city and what a journey it was.

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I hope this blog has encouraged you to visit Madrid one day. I will never forget what an amazing time I had there.

Have you ever been to Madrid or a neighboring city? Share below! I would love to hear about your adventures.

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Falling in Love with Barcelona

Barcelona reminds me of summer. Everyone I met was so warm and friendly and there is an undertone of excitement in the air. I loved just wandering the streets with my friend/ amazing tour guide Theresa, and taking in the incredible smells, colors and people. I stayed at the Garden Factory Hostel, which was located in the center of the city and was walking distance to nearly everything.

Check out some of my must see spots:

  • One of my favorite places was St. Joseph’s Market. It’s a very popular market, and was filled with the hustle and bustle of morning shoppers. They had an incredible array of food and a very impressive treats section.

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  • I took a beautiful walk down Ramblas De Canaletes. Here we ran into many human statues- a skill which I find extremely impressive.

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  • Parc Guell was incredible. We simply walked around and admired the view, gardens, and buildings in the area.

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  • Anella Olimpica is located on the hill of Montjuic and was the main sporting area for the Olympic games in 1992. We went on a weekday when there wasn’t a soul in sight, and we were just in time for the sunset. To put it simply- it was breath taking.

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  • Barcelona definitely puts New York City’s “The City that Never Sleeps” saying to shame. Dinner starts at 9pm and the partying…well it never stops.

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My stay in Barcelona ended all too quickly. I fell in love with the city and the people. My biggest regret in life to date…not taking Spanish in high school.