|With our Brazilian roommate at El Tigre bar. Now THOSE are tapas!|
The tour also included a brief stop at this bridge, the Viaducto de Segovia. Apparently the bridge became notorious for suicide attempts, so a glass wall was built inside the railing to deter jumpers. Our tour guide told us this tactic has actually worked, not because people can't scale the interior wall, but because by the time they go through the ordeal of scaling the interior wall, they're too scared or tired to make the final jump over the railing. People might be willing to jump over one wall, he said, but not two.
The tour ended in the early afternoon, so we ate a late lunch at the Puerta del Sol and took some pictures with the famous bear and madrone tree statue in the plaza, a common symbol of the city. We spent the rest of the afternoon napping in the Parque del Retiro in our swimsuits to work on our tans. It was a great place to people-watch and get some ice cream. :)
That evening, Jonathan decided he was overdue for a shave and decided to get a hot shave at the oldest barber shop in Madrid.
After his grooming was finished, we went to a flamenco show at Las Carboneras. It was really too beautiful to capture on film, but if you're ever in Madrid, I highly recommend going to a show! It was a small bar so we were really close to the stage and the stomping and yelling was really loud and intense. Afterward, we went to our favorite bar, El Tigre. I had read about it on the National Geographic website, and it was definitely a hidden gem: For only five euros, you got a huge mojito AND numerous plates of delicious free tapas. See all that food? We didn't pay for any of it. And if you wanted a huge cup of beer, it was only two euros and still came with all that food.
The next day, we decided to go inside the Royal Palace of Madrid. You can't take any pictures inside, which was unfortunate because the tile work was beautiful. My favorite rooms were the ones with Oriental-inspired designs on the ceilings. I did take some photos of the exterior and the courtyard, however.
Abby and I also made a pretty important purchase on Gran Via—patterned leggings! But you'll see more of those next week when I recap our three days in Lisbon. :) And now, I'll leave you with one very important lesson I learned in Madrid:
|"Enjoy food and drink; life is short."|
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