It is good to be back and update something fun here after a long break!
In the past few months we’ve been quiet and basically stayed around Florence, ever since the 2018 summer holiday in Puglia. The very first trip of 2019 was to Madrid, Spain. We went during the Easter holiday and stayed 4 nights. I must say: Madrid was lovely! It is a city lively, modern, friendly and full of inspirations!
I know that when traveling with kids, you have to give up part of your preferences and accommodate to their needs. And part of the reason for not updating so much on this blog during the past year was for this exact reason. We did go for certain short trips around Italy, however most of the time instead of doing “something fun”, we had to adapt our plan to our boy. This time in Madrid we made a deal of 40-40-20 interest dividing rule: morning was our (me and my husband) time, afternoon was his (our 4-year-old) time, and evening was the family time. Under this “taking turns to have fun” rule, we all had our time and we had managed to visit museums and parks. At the end of the trip, it was so rewarding to hear from my son telling me: I like Madrid, I want to come back!
Museums: Thyssen-Bornemisza, Reina Sofia & Prado
I believe that when in Madrid, the museums are not to be missed, even for a person who knows very little about art (aka me).
We were very ambitious and bold to commit a museum pass, covering the access to all the three major museums in Madrid. Thyssen-Bornemisza, Reina Sofia & Prado, one morning one museum.
Railway Museum (Museo del Ferrocarril de Madrid)
We found the information about the railway museum a month before the trip. Ever since then my son had kept asking me about it. That’s how passionate boys are about wheels.
The museum was located inside an old station. Inside parked many old trains for people to visit. Most of them were from the first generation rail system. You can climb onto them, go inside the carriages, or have a peek of the first-class or the conductor’s cabin.
Address: Paseo de las Delicias, 61, 28045 Madrid, Spain
Rowing Boat in the Park: Jardines del Buen Retiro
One of the days when we were in Madrid, after the morning museum tour we took our son to the park in the city center and treated him by rowing a boat together in the lake. It was so much fun, as the weather was nice (the only time we had sun during the whole easter holiday in Madrid, yeah) and there was green all around us. Andrea had a wonderful time learning how to row the boat with Daddy, and then being the captain!
Address: Plaza de la Independencia, 7, 28001 Madrid, Spain
WHERE WE ATE
- LA TASQUERIA
One particular restaurant worth thousand times of shout out. If you ask which is the restaurant during the trip you liked the most, this is the winner. Every dish is unique, and every bite were impressive. They worked hard on designing the dishes, as well as the way serving them. Definitely worth trying!
Every dish is about tuna in DeAtún! You go there to eat raw tuna in any form. The Bao Buns with tuna inside was my favorite.
The waiters there hardly spoke any English. That was how I found out it was actually a great authentic restaurants.
A fancy place where you can plan for a romantic candle dinner with you loved ones. But not up to that level that you would feel isolated if you showed up wearing jeans.
The people were very friendly and well explained the menu. The portion of the dish was small, but at the end we were very happy and full with one appetizer and a main for each. It was my husband’s favorite restaurant during the trip.
- CERVECERIA ALEMANA
Very traditional tapas bar where you get to taste kinds of small plates of tapas and enjoy the casual and busy vibe.
WHERE WE STAYED
Iberostar Las Letras Gran Vía
Super convenient hotel, locating in the Grand Via street! Very happy about this accommodation choice