Three days in Madrid
So I tried to to put all of our Spain stops into one giant blog post, but failed miserably - there's just waaaay too much. I'm starting with Madrid because it's fresh in my mind as it was our last stop before heading home. And truth be told, I was starting to lose steam by the time we got to Madrid. We’d already had a great time in Barcelona + Mallorca, could this city really come close?
big shoes to fill
We’d already had such a great time in Barcelona & Mallorca, how could this city ever really even come close? We had a flight delay in Mallorca that suddenly turned our 1.5 hour flight into a five-hour ordeal only to get in to our next apartment by midnight. Add in a small debacle over having to split up into two cabs and an unfamiliar address format, we were all ready for bed.
We stayed close to the Gran Via - the major road currently undergoing a massive facelift (hence the traffic when we got into the city.) This place was a total score considering we didn't know the layout of the city and it was a stunner of an apartment: recently renovated and channelling my bleached floor, white walled, century beamed ceiling dreams. I managed to have the kids attention for (almost) five minutes to snap these shots and they quickly ended up becoming my favourites of the trip:
Exploring El Retiro
The first day we explored El Retiro - Madrid’s giant answer to Central Park in NYC or Hyde Park in London. Rowboats on the pond, beautiful buildings turned into art spaces, and a turtle pond the kids immediately fell for. Mom travel tip: bring a damn hat for yourself. It's hot AF and while I remembered to sunscreen up the kids and make sure they had their hats, I of course forgot about myself.
Las Rozas Village
On day two of Madrid, we decided to screw the hop on hop off tour bus and head to a designer outlet mall called Las Rozas Village. And it was 100% worth the drive. Prada, Gucci, Versace, Cavalli, D&G, Burberry. Need I say more?!
We spent our last evening cheering on the Croatian soccer team on their way to the World Cup final, eating bread, chorizo, manchego cheese and drinking white sangria. We went to sleep late and watched a ton of American Horror Story. That’s how I’ll remember Madrid.
We finally ended up on the plane and I didn't want to crush my new hat in my luggage and needed something cute but comfortable to wear. I hate looking schleppy on a plane in case, you know, I get a first class upgrade while I leave my kids and hubby behind in coach (a girl can dream, can't she?) so this last minute, pulled together outfit was perfect for the long flight home.