|Rose Garden in the Retiro|
We found our apartment without too many issues. When we arrived the couple we were renting from were there to show us into the apartment and they gave us a map which they drew on highlighting some of their favourite things to do, see and eat in Madrid. As we arrived in Madrid with little idea of what to do while we were there, the map proved an invaluable guide.
|Becks in the rose garden|
We arrived via a formerly laid out entrance closest to the Prado Museum and then drifted via less formally laid out wooded sections that reminded me a little bit of the gardens we saw at Ham House. There were plenty of locals out promenading or relaxing between the trees.
After buying an ice cream - it would be fair to say my first crack at Spanish wasn't perfect with the lady in the ice cream booth making me point at the menu - we headed into the rosaled or rose garden. It was stunning with lots of different roses coming out to bloom in formally laid out beds. It is obviously popular with the locals too as the place was heaving.
|Crystal Palace - Madrid not London|
Leaving the lake we slowly drifted our way out of the park and back across the city to our apartment.
|Boating lake in the Retiro|
Still clueless on how to order Spanish food we went for four raciones or portions. It was great to get some variety, but the servings were probably a little too big for four people to compare comfortably. We also noticed that the Madrillians don't seem to do vegetables unless they are fried and then not many of them either...
Heading home close to midnight it had been an excellent first afternoon and evening easing ourselves into Spain.
|Croquetas caseras de jamon Iberico|
|Pimentos de Padron|
|Black pudding with rice|