Madrid is truly a golden metropolis worth exploring if you have the time and the money to spend. In all honesty, there aren’t many cities in the world that compare to that of the Big Apple, but I would put the city of Madrid up there along with New York City. Ever since I can remember I have always wanted to visit Spain, Madrid and Barcelona specifically. There were many reasons as to why I’ve always wanted to visit Spain, but for one it was the food. Now for those of you that know of me, I am known as that “skinny guy,” but for those of you who personally know me, I’m that “skinny guy” that has a bottomless pit for a stomach. To be honest that’s one of the main reasons why I want to travel, the FOOD. I mean why not right? If there is one dish that you MUST try when in Spain, it’s the authentic Paella dish. This famous rice dish is pretty much known all throughout the world and you can add anything to the dish from chicken to chorizo to shrimp, just to name a few. I never say this, but it’s literally to die for. If you don’t try out the famous Paella dish or the chocolate churros, you are truly missing out.
Santiago Bernabeu. Home of the most iconic football teams in the WORLD, Real Madrid. Oh my Lord. Words cannot even describe how overjoyed I was to visit my favorite soccer teams stadium. Now it’s on my list to visit every wonder of the world, but in all honesty this felt like seeing a wonder of the world. Say what you want, but I kind of teared up while taking this tour. To keep it short I’ll say this much. There’s nothing like taking a tour of your favorite teams stadium, learning about the history of the club, seeing all the trophies won, and being to walk on the field that the team plays on. The best part probably wasn’t even taking the tour, but being in a bar full of Madridistas watching the Champions League game against Napoli.
Puerto del Sol, Cibeles Palace, the Royal Palace of Madrid, and Retiro Park are just some of the few beautiful places to visit while in Madrid. The photo above is of my favorite places I was able to visit while in Madrid, Parque del Buen Retiro. Originally laid out by Felipe IV, El Retiro was later opened to the general public in 1868 to enjoy. From the aroma of life that surrounds the park itself to the cafes located throughout to the artificial lake where the monument of Alfonso XII sits and watches over, Retiro Park is without a doubt a must see when visiting this amazing city. My advice – if time allows definitely ride the boats out into the lake. This was probably the best way to end my stay in Madrid I wouldn’t change it for the world… or would I?
From the rich history to the signature dishes and the beautiful architecture, Madrid is truly a breathtaking place for people all over the world to visit. Never in my wildest imagination did I ever think I’d ever have the opportunity to travel over to Madrid, I just wish the stay was much longer than what it was, but regardless of how long the stay was it was an experience I will never forget. The people, the sights, the food, and aimlessly walking around the city with my best friend are memories I will always cherish. Walking throughout this golden metropolis, I truly felt as if I belonged, I truly felt like a Madridista.