Madrid (in photos)

It's been just over a week since I returned from a wonderful weekend in Madrid with a sore head (note to self: hangovers and plane turbulence do not mix.) - so what better way to rekindle my (albeit quite fresh) memories than with a nice little photoblog?!

Where I stayed
Where I stayed

I stayed with an old friend in a very central part of Madrid - close to Tirso de Molina metro station, for those who know their way around. Upon arrival, we started as we meant to go on - with great food and plenty of wine!

Staying with a student had perks as we enjoyed such cheap deals as a three course lunch and wine for 9€. Just nine Euros! Amazing, even from someone who lives among Southampton's best student deals.

We managed to justify all the eating with plenty of walking, and started off at the Parque del Retiro, and wondered around the beautiful crystal palace.

I'll be honest - after this, I can't name many of the places we went, because we went EVERYWHERE. So much walking! I do know that we kept eating and drinking our way around the city, and eventually ended up gorging ourselves at the famous El Tigre with it's free Tapas.

Day two saw shopping and more eating, beginning with some highly anticipated breakfast churros at the Chocolateria San Gines:

Followed by general sight-seeing and exploring:

We finished the night with a fantastic trail of vino tinto, cava, and passionfruit caipirinhas (that'll be the hangover, then!).

Sunday/last day saw us trawling through a flea market spread out over several streets (if anyone knows the name of this, please let me know!), and heading down to the river Manzanares. We finished the trip with a final visit to 100 Montaditos (please bring this to England!) and then it was time for me to hop on a plane back to dreary Gatwick.

This is a very condensed version of a fantastic weekend, and I recommend the city for anyone looking for somewhere to get lost in over a few Autumn days. Hasta luego Madrid, I hope it won't be long before I'm back!

All photos taken with a Lomo LC-Wide on Kodak Gold, Lomography Sunset Strip & Lomography Xpro film.