Madrid was the last stop on our adventure through Morocco and Spain, and also the largest city we passed through. It took a little bit of time to adjust to all the noises, people and skyscrapers, but we quickly adapted to the faster pace and were able to squeeze in a few more sites, even though we could feel the past two weeks catching up with us. The afternoon we arrived in Madrid was devoted to my shopping time. I had a pre-existing love for Spanish brands Zara and Mango (which of course you can shop in the US online and in some cities, but it’s not the same!) and had read in various fashion blogs about Sfera, Hoss Intropia, Pull and Bear, Bershka, Armand Basi…so we hit up the main shopping area near Puerta del Sol and I shopped til I almost literally dropped. Luckily – for our budget, luggage, and Justin’s sanity – most of the stores weren’t quite my style or didn’t carry things I thought were unique enough to justify hauling home. Of course it ended up being Zara – a massive 6-story Zara I might add – that ended up having the most appealing items, and since the items in the store looked a little fresher than those on the US website I did end up with a couple shopping bags, hooray! With the shopping out of the way we were able to focus on sightseeing the next day, visiting the Royal Palace in the morning and the Prado Museum in the afternoon. I really enjoyed seeing all the famous works hanging in the Prado, especially Velasquez’s Las Meninas of course. Since it was St. Patrick’s Day, we ended the day with a Guinness at an Irish pub followed by a paella dinner. A great ending to a great trip!
P.S. A Madrid specialty is Churros y Chocolate – for breakfast! Probably not what I’d want to start every day with but a fun way to celebrate our last day of vacation!