Sunday, April 11, 2010

Gorgeous, Sunny Madrid

We arrived in Madrid early this afternoon after a slightly delayed, but all round pretty comfortable journey. You fly in over some amazing scenery and some very awesome mountains before the scene becomes altogether more flat as you fly into into Madrid Barajas airport. After an incredibly long walk out of the airport via baggage claim - where we waited for our luggage for over forty minutes (!) we hopped into a very Zen taxi with all sorts of little Budda statues, bells and chimes stuck on to the ceiling. The driver was very sensible and the music coming through the stereo was kind of otherworldly and dreamy. Although I’m very much a Christian, I did find it terribly relaxing, and it was probably the most peaceful taxi journey from any airport to a hotel we have had anywhere in the world. We got settled into our hotel and then had a fabulous walk in the sunshine through some lovely boulevards, past the Plaza de la Puerta del Sol and the Teatro Reale up to the beautiful Palacio Real. I’m loving our hotel, the gorgeous and historic Ritz on the Paseo del Prado which first opened it’s doors in 1910. For the past hour or so, I’ve been chilling out, resting my sore feet and finishing off my blog post on The 21st Century Housewife’s Kitchen about our fantastic meal yesterday at Jamie’s Kitchen, newly opened in Reading. To see it, please click here

I have to go get dressed for dinner, so I’ll leave you with a couple photos of our gorgeous room.




There’s a lovely sitting area which I cannot photograph at the moment as the sun is streaming in through the windows (not that I’m complaining!) but you can kind of see part of it reflected in the photo below, and a couple huge closets. This is just one of them - the one with the mirrored doors beside it is big enough for two people to walk into. (Please don’t ask me how I know that!!)



Our room overlooks a beautiful courtyard and it is incredibly quiet considering we are in the centre of the city.



All in all, I’m incredibly impressed. Sadly, no promotional consideration has been received from the Ritz Madrid but I’m enjoying myself so much here I’m happy to share my experience!





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