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30 September 2010 @ 08:49 pm
My time in Madrid  
 Madrid was three days of walking, sightseeing and searching for food (as a vegetarian, this was incredibly hard). The weather was perfect and the company wasn't all that bad either LOL 


This is the four of us in front of the Royal Palace - Europe's largest Palace. It was stunning - from the outside and the inside. Then in the evening we visited San Ginés, one of the premiere hot chocolate con churros servers in the city. Churros are made out of donut flour and fried. It's then dipped into the hot chocolate - and OMG it melts in your mouth and even I, who doesn't eat anything that might add weight, stuffed myself silly. It did help that along with the chocolate I was devouring a glass of Sangria which was very heavy on the alcohol. 

 

The next day was full of botanical gardens and Egyptian Temples. 


 
None of us expected there to be an Egyptian Temple in the middle of Madrid, but there it was and it was beautiful 


That evening we actually found a place, owned by an American chef that specialized in Vegetarian food. It was heaven. And her Sangria wasn't so strong and therefore I enjoyed it a whole load more. The last day was incredible. We went to Retiro Park and went rowing. I have never rowed in my life and OMG did I fall in love with the sport!


It's the first time I've been so deliriously happy in ages. There were four of us and it was only polite that I let the others have a go, but every time the oars were passed on to someone who wasn't me, my heart broke. And I'm only exaggerating a little here. Also it took us 11 minutes to get out of the pier - it was mortifying - all these people were staring at us. Then it became obvious very quickly that it wasn't one person per oar. As it was when no one could find a rhythm like that - I still cringe at the looks we got! But once it wasn't a sharing effort I received looks of envy. I really did - one friend told me that a fairly cute guy couldn't take his eyes off me because I could row better than he could. My ego exploded. 

It was a lovely break and I am already planning my next excursion!

Live long and prosper!

xoxo
 
 
 
LizC: Falllizarina21 on October 1st, 2010 02:07 am (UTC)
Great photos! Looks like you had an awesome time. :) Also - OMG churros! I get them every time we go to a particular Mexican restaurant here, because I am incapable of resistance.
marymacmarymac on October 1st, 2010 06:37 am (UTC)
Fabulous sunglasses!
Did you go in circles? Circles is the most embarrassing thing after dropping an oar in.
___SUPERWOMAN.: Leighton/ Blairsuperwoman_c on October 1st, 2010 11:46 am (UTC)
Great photos! Spain is definitely a place I want to visit and oh the churros made my mouth water! Glad you had a fabulous time there! (: