Madrid Travel Blog› entry 4 of 21 › view all entries
January 19th, 2009 – by: crystal08
We left Saturday evening and arrived on Sunday morning. When we arrived on Sunday, we had lunch near Puerto del Sol and then went to Plaza Mayor, the Royal Palace, and Retiro Park. We also did some sightseeing around the various areas of Madrid.
On Monday, we planned to meet with a tour guide that gives free city tours around Madrid. However, we arrived too late and couldn't find the location of the tour meeting point and missed the tour. Instead, we went to the Reina Sofia museum since the Prado is closed on Mondays. I enjoyed the museum a lot because it had a huge variety of art. I was really happy to see one of my favorite Picasso paintings, Guernica in the museum.
After looking around a bit more, we decided that we do not want to take another overnight train so we got on the next regular train to Barcelona. It took us about 3 hours to get back to Barcelona.
Overall, I am not sure if I really liked Madrid that much. I thought that the food and the night life were pretty good. However, it is a big city and filled with many museums and other touristy attractions. Compared to Barcelona, Madrid lacks a personal charm with a bit of character. There was really nothing in the city that I found particularly exciting. I was actually really happy to return to Barcelona.
Overall I liked Madrid, but still prefer Barcelona. There are no mountains or water in the area nor anything that I found exciting.
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