17.12.2012 10 °C
Ok so last night we went on a tapas and wine tour so bear with me this morning!!
We took the train from Toulouse at around 8 in the morning and between 4 trains we arrived in Madrid at 6 so a long train ride one would say. But hey we're in Madrid now so it's all good.
When we arrived I was doing the directing,so of course we got lost about 4 times before finally finding the Main Street we needed, so when we finally arrived at our new home for the next couple of days, we were greeted by Aitor, with his below par English he showed us around his lovely apartment which is huge it just kept going, and then finally to our room!
So what does everyone want to do when they just get of a long haul? If you had said shower ally would have said you were right but no the right answer is eat ofcourse, so we set out, only to realise that about 90% of restaurants here don't open for dinner until 10, but luckily we found one based of the recommendation of our host, and he must know his food cause it was amazing. We had the mixed paella to share and this time it was beers not wine! The paella was superb to simply put it and Ally found her new favourite beer!
Unfortunately we didn't bring the camera for the food (sorry James)
Now it's the first day in Madrid, but so far with our experiences the best tours of the cities are always the free ones as 1. There free and 2. They have to work for their tip! So we found a pretty popular one known as Sandeman who does tours all over Europe, but anyway we started off in the Plaza del Mayor where the king and queen used to live and watch the events and bullfights below!
It's now full of Christmas markets
From here we moved through the streets of Madrid, seeing what they call the ugliest church in Madrid, the oldes restaurant in the world and much much more
That tour took out our morning so we were hungry, Churros and hot chocolate!
So after a break it was time for out Tapas tour.
We met in the Puerta Del Sol, the centre of Madrid, and it was packed, could hardly move around, but luckily we found our guide.
The group we had was awesome, in particular our 3 new besties from London who you will hear about later.
The first bar we were served what I would say was an alcoholic apple juice and it was awesome, to eat we got blue cheese, fish, chorizo. The fish was amazing
Now we moved onto the next one was The Museum of Ham it was cool
Here we got beer and ofcourse some ham
Now it was on to my favourite El Lacon, this is where we had paella the night before as well.
We're we drank beer and ate Tripe, black pudding, some more fish and the highlight of the tapas the thymus gland of beef, it was amazing!!
From here we met at our final bar where we sat down and enjoyed some seafood and a beer
But you think it ended there, the English boys, the German and us decided it would be an excellent idea to go out and drink some more so we did!
The next morning after a late wake up we went of to the Royal Palace. Words cannot describe how amazing it is on the inside, but they wouldn't let us take pictures, but I sneaked one in for you all.
The Palace is the biggest in Europe for floor space and trust me it's huge, the detail put into the rooms we walked through is amazing, and then the royal armoury, we saw the armour of Spanish knights and generals, sadly no photos, you just have to come and see it!
Now the highlight for me so far: Santiago Bernabeu
This is where I finally got to see a European football game!
Forgot to mention before the game we met up with our new Londoner friends for some drinks and also after to watch the Barcelona vs Athletico game at a pub, then ofcourse it was on to more pubs and bars like true spaniards!!
And I'll leave you with the amazing meat platter we ate at the bar last night just to tease you a bit!