Day 18 – Sweet Farewell
14 April 2015
Our last day in Madrid started with a McDonald’s breakfast. Using their free Wi-Fi we searched for things we still had yet to do in Madrid. We only got to see a portion of Buen Retiro Park and so we decided to check it out again. Walking towards the park we passed Plaza de Cibeles where the Cybele Palace (City Hall) stood. We also stumbled upon Puerta de Alcala, Madrid’s Arc de Triomphe. Buen Retiro Park was just close by but we made a detour in search of Madrid’s Hard Rock Cafe. Alfred and Katrina wanted to buy some shirts for their daughters. It was a family tradition to them to get a shirt labeled with that particular city’s name where the restaurant was. We also ‘browsed’ through some signature boutiques.
Off to Buen Retiro Park we went to see the Palacio de Cristal. It was a glass house “built in 1887 to exhibit flora and fauna from the Philippines” (says Wiki). There was an event happening inside and so we weren’t allowed to go in. We couldn’t see any plants inside either. It was probably used as an events place now.
For lunch we walked back to the city, had some stir fried noodle box. We weren’t really looking for a dessert place but I think it was meant to be that we walked past Chocolatería San Ginés, one of oldest chocolateria in Madrid. They had been serving churros and chocolate since 1894. Serving was quite cheap too, less than €4. The chocolate sauce was served in a coffee cup, perfect for slurping after you’ve finished your churros as they were quite generous with the chocolate. Alfred and Katrina’s flight was that afternoon, ours was next morning and so it was our last hangout with them in Madrid. Well we were to see them again at Como the next week so it wasn’t really a sad goodbye. We then headed back to the hotel, grabbed their bags and said our farewells.
That night since it was just the two of us, and were craving for Thai food again (yes we love our Thai food) we walked around the city centre to look for a decent Thai resto. During our walk we found the oldest restaurant in the world, Botín. Who knew how old the food was in there so we didn’t try it hahaha, plus we were after Thai food. We found one close to our hotel called Bangkok Restaurant. We were the first customers too. Seated next to the window on the first floor, we had a decent view of the street below. We ordered our usual Pad Thai and Basil stir fry. Our waitress was actually Filipino, she had been living with her family in Spain for more than 20 years. She was kind enough to give us free drinks :). After dinner, we strolled around the city, bought some souvenirs and had an early night in back at our hotel.
Madrid was a lovely city. It had a pretty relax atmosphere, the locals were quite nice, the food was amazing. It was also great to have experienced this place with our friends. I would definitely come back for the churros :).