Day 2 in Madrid

I think the jet lag caught up with me last night. I was wake from about 2 til 6 and then slept soundly until 9 am. After I post this I’m due for a siesta!

Last night we had olive tapas and sangria in Mercado De San Miguel before dinner.


We ate dinner at Restaurante Botin the oldest restaurant in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records. We had a table in the cellar and had roast suckling pig, roast lamb, and artichokes with ham. A great setting and a great meal.


Today we walked to the Prado to see the paintings. There were so many wonderful ones. They had a temporary exhibit of works by the French painter Ingres which I really enjoyed too.



After the Prado Museum we wandered through the botanical garden. It is very much in winter mode but still beautiful and peaceful.



It is great to be here in Madrid without the crowds. I’m sure I would enjoy it less if it was hot or rainy but cool and sunny is great. Madrid seems so clean. None of the buildings are dingy and it seems like most of the streets are pedestrians only.