Madrid, Day 2: Parque del Retiro and more time in Plaza Santa Ana

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Monument to Alfonso XII Parque del Retiro

I am not sure I remember too much of this day as I was in a bit of a daze from the night before.  Having gotten a late start (my fault), we set off in search of a café/bar that Jessica’s mother had suggested in the Plaza de España area (Jessica’s mother went to school in Madrid for a bit).  We looked around for a bit, but in the end, we decided that sometime in the last 30 years, her favorite hangout had probably been turned into a Starbucks.  We found a nice place for lunch and then decided to check out the Parque del Retiro since it was a gorgeous day out.

 

The park was quite impressive with all of its fountains and monuments.

Cafes in the Plaza Santa Ana
 It had a lively, yet relaxed atmosphere with people congregating in cafes or lounging in the grass.  My two favorite things that I saw: a random person dressed as Mickey Mouse greeting kids, and a dog who took up residence in one of the fountains to cool off.  We got a bit lost leaving the park (I blame my still-present euphoria and lack of sleep for my inability to read a map).  

 

After a brief siesta, we headed back to the Plaza Santa Ana for dinner and more sangria.  Seriously, I don’t think there is anything better than sitting at a café in the plaza with sangria in hand and watching the people go by.  I absolutely loved it there.  We decided to get some paella for dinner as Jess hadn’t had any yet and sat down in this tiny restaurant with tables packed so tightly together, you may as well been sitting with strangers.  It was probably due to this fact that two gentlemen at the next table began talking to us, under the premise of deciding an argument they were having regarding the correct context of a phrase in English.  Jose and Miguel asked about our trip and offered to show us around for the rest of the evening.

We headed over to a wine bar for a bit of Spanish wine and conversation.  Next we were off to a bar, Sol y Sombra, for a bit of dancing.  I loved this bar…it was cute and the crowd was lively and fun.  Finally, around 4am we called it a night, thanking Jose and Miguel for being our gracious Spanish tour guides.

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Cafes in the Plaza Santa Ana
Cafes in the Plaza Santa Ana
Jessica, Jose, Heather and Miguel …
Jessica, Jose, Heather and Miguel…
Plaza Santa Ana
Plaza Santa Ana
Puerta de Alcalá
Puerta de Alcalá
yes, that is Mickey Mouse by a fou…
yes, that is Mickey Mouse by a fo…
Loved the name of this shop.
Loved the name of this shop.
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