If Paris and Madrid were to be compared to two women, I’d choose respectively Catherine Deneuve and Rossy de Palma.
While Catherine Deneuve represents elegance, sophistication and class,
Rossy de Palma is boisterous, oozes conviviality and is genuinely emotional and vibrant, just like Madrid.
Having said that, let me take you on a stroll thru Madrid then you’ll be the judge of it.
Bear and the Madroño Tree, heraldic symbol of Madrid
Gran Via panorama
The Metropolis Building
The landmark was built between 1907 and 1911 after a design by the architects Jules and Raymond Février. The original statue was replaced in 1975 by a statue of a winged Goddess Victory.
Bank of Bilbao (nowadays BBVA) building in Calle Alcalá was built in 1919 by architect Ricardo Bastida y Bilbao ( 1879-1953).
Detail of the Bank façade
The Central Post office with an amazing lounge at the rooftop ( just trust me)
Around Plaza Mayor
Clueless about my whereabouts. By keeping my nose towards the magnificent buildings, I got exquisitely lost …
Getting lost makes me thirsty and only in Spain a gin tonic is served in such majestic manner.
Moving on to more street sights; a little impromptu concert
Under the watchful eyes of Francisco de Quevedo
while walking on Cervantes’ first lines of Don Quijote
After all the stomping, this is how I see the street artist in Plaza Mayor
So many beautiful things to see
However , keep an eye above your head
Yes, above your head, there is a whole universe hanging
And while the Chef is flirting…
the bait is already out there … Jamón cones
or jamón bites…
Vous avez dit Jamón?
Then time to head towards the San Miguel Market. This is me, before entering the market, dignified and composed.
The famous jamón cones
And to wash it out, freshly squeezed mojitos
A glimpse at the ceiling before leaving for lunch.
The most exquisite Sushi restaurant on the corner of Plaza Santa Ana, a few steps away. Being a citizen of the world, experiencing food is a whole chunk of my identity.
That sushi restaurant was simply superb. It complemented the tapas, was cosy, the armchairs cushy and the music was superb.
“Le monde de Madrid est plus futé qu’ici.” Corneille