llévame de vuelta a España | Spain '14

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Dear..,
Hey, hello, hi. I am alive and I am also unbelievably disheartened at the fact that I am not lazily lounging on the balcony of a Victorian style flat in heart of Madrid City right now, watching the hustle and bustle of throngs of fascinated tourists as they weave their way through the crowds so that they can take the perfect picture of the Palacio Real de Madrid, or the Royal Palace of Madrid. But instead of watching the hustle and bustle, which would have been perfect, I was part of the hustle and bustle, which was equally as perfect! I arrived home from a 5 day trip to Madrid City this morning. It was such an utterly incredible trip with my family. For someone who is completely infatuated with travelling, it was so perfect to be able to be to bask in the culture, art, history, and atmosphere of a completely different country to mine. This is probably going to be a very photo heavy post, so I am keeping the introduction ~short~. 




Watching the sun set from an aeroplane is pretty cool.


This is Vodafone Sol, which is like central Madrid. It was so unbelievably packed it was like getting swallowed up by a sea of people and when you found your way out of the sea of constantly moving tourists, you'd find yourself ~washed up~ on the other side of the square. Sol also had the coolest street performers I've ever witnessed.





Because of how old the city is, there were so many narrow roads lined with many little souvenir shops and café's and shaded with rows of trees and plants. 


This is like a Spanish delicacy called a churro de chocolate, which is basically a Spanish doughnut, that's served with a thick hot chocolate sauce. Honestly I'm not a fan of plain chocolate and still debating whether I liked it or not. I think I prefer the porra, which is basically the same thing but thicker. I am glad I tried it though. It was cool to try a Spanish delicacy that I probably won't come across in Ireland. 


This is the Temple of Debod, which is basically an Egyptian Temple that's over 1,200 years old, in the middle of Madrid. Need I say more. (*no because I actually don't know anything about this temple except for the fact it's pretty bloody cool, am I right?*)




photo credit to my mom

 So that's the Palacio Real de Madrid, or the Royal Palace of Madrid. It's pretty breathtaking if I have to say so myself. It's architecture and structure is absolutely gorgeous and apparently it's the oldest palace in Western Europe which is pretty impressive. Although no one actually lives in it, it's used for special ceremonies, so I basically walked and dropped my map on the courtyard of royalty. I'm honoured. Also that is me looking pretty excited and happy to be taking a picture on the palace garden grounds. You might be wandering why I'm dressed so, well, warm. That is because as deceiving as the pictures look, on the Friday we went out it was, in fact, pretty chilly, but who am I to let a bit of a cold breeze ruin my royal fun huh?





Ok so I noticed quite a few things while I was in Spain like, how they have an architectural gift, how almost no one speaks English and when you ask them for help in English they reply to you in Spanish, virtually giving you no help, but you still say 'gracias', or how everywhere you turn there is a couple showing an excessive amount of pda, but the one thing that stood out to me most, since the second we arrived, was the street art or ~graffiti~. Every wall is painted with bold letters and vibrant colours, and not curse words and ~private partz~. Some of the street art was used to convey a message, while others were just aesthetically pleasing. It lined wall after wall on the highways and metro stations. It was probably my favourite thing to see during my whole trip.



I was told that the Spanish love their flowers, especially their roses, and every May hold a huge rose competition. 







More stunning architecture scattered all around Madrid ft the gate to the Buen Retiro Park which is like this mahoosive park that has a botanic garden in a Crystal Palace, a lake, museums, and other stuff, but unfortunately we didn't get very far into the park.


You seriously will get virtually nowhere in Madrid if you don't speak Spanish or have a translator.



On the Sunday we went on a cable car over Madrid which was scary for all but like 10 seconds other than that it was beautiful to see Madrid City from like 25 ft in the sky. 

I had an absolutely fabulous time in Madrid, though I think there is like 2 things that I regret or wish I would have done and will make my personal mission to accomplish the next time I go. Firstly we didn't get to go to one of the famous Spanish flea markets. My mum went by herself, but sadly we couldn't go due to other ~priorities~ aka a wedding. I was so looking forward to going and seeing what antiques I could pick up at the markets. I also wish we had went to the many many art museums in Madrid. I've visited the original Van Gogh art museum in Amsterdam, and sort of set out to see some original work by Pablo Piccasso, also to visit some of the famous modern art museums or flemish art museums. But nevertheless I am more than happy with my trip, and I'm not absolutely distraught with the fact that I didn't do those 2 things. 

Anyways, how were your holidays? I think I'll be back to writing normally now thanks to the holidays being over. *heaves a little* As much as the thought of school, early mornings, daily interaction, and brain activity makes my insides churn, *DISCLAIMER: do not mistake these words for excited* I'm sort of ready to get back to school. School keeps me really organized cause it's the only time I have a schedule and stick to it (by government law of course). 

Sinceramente su amigo,
Victory



all photos taken by me (unless stated otherwise)

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23 comments

  1. Great photos! i went to spain ages ago. never had any churros though! *cries* they look sooooo good
    xx
    aida

    http://sunshinesuperwoman.blogspot.com

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  2. This trip looks like so much fun! Madrid looks like a beautiful place, I'd love to go someday. Nice photos too!
    xo
    http://lilliputianlilac.blogspot.com

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    1. It really is so beautiful and thank you! x

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  3. this looks so so beautiful! the architecture and graffiti are stunning, and such an amazing contrast too. I went to spain a few years ago to Orgiva as my aunt and cousins lived there, which was so beautiful but we didn't make it to Madrid or any big cities, which I'm now wishing we did! glad you had such a good time! xx

    thisisfrom-matilda.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I have such a thing for visiting cities whenever I travel. I don't think I've ever no visited a major city when I've travelled. Thank you! :) x

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  4. holy crap your trip looks amazing! i'm utterly jealous! i went to the south of spain like seven years ago but man do i wish i'd gone to madrid! i really loved reading about your trip, it was fun learning about madrid and seeing all the beautiful buildings, graffiti and flowers! :)
    also, churros are abso-friggin-lutely delicious yumyumyum!
    xx

    http://lost--at-sea.blogspot.com

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    1. it was really amazingly beautiful and thank you! and I yes churros are really delish! x

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  5. Great picture, looks like you had an amazing time! The architecture is so pretty, I think Madrid will have to be somewhere I visit someday! Rebecca x

    http://stylerehearsal.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you, I had the most spectacular time ever! x

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  6. This is all so beautiful. I think I'm stopping by Barcelona/Madrid for my EuroTour and now I could not be more excited. The architecture and straight lines and flowers - uuurrghh. I could die.
    x

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    1. I really have run out of adjectives on how to describe how awesome it was. I'm positive that you'll love it! x

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  7. Ahhh! The architecture, churros n chocolate, and the weather looks amazing. I love your hair. I must go here before i die. Great post! :)

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    1. Thank you sweekcheeks, I'm sort of meh about my hair but yay I'm glad you like it! x

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  8. This is making me so ridiculously excited cause I'm going to Spain this summer for vacation. These photos are just wonderful and I love your commentary on all of it. I'm happy you're back and blogging! P.S. (I know I commented on it on instagram, BUT THAT CHURRO OMG)

    sonjatitanic.blogspot.ca

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    1. thank you thank you and i hope you have a ridiculously fabulous time in spain this summer, and I can't wait to see/read what you get up to there! x

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  9. Great pictures, looks like you had a fabulous time! I'm off to Barcelona 5 weeks today so your post has me excited for sightseeing and I'll definitely have to try the churro de chocolate! :) xx

    Viva Epernay

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    1. I sure did and thank you! Hope you have an even more fabulous time in Barcelona! x

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  10. Amazing pictures..seems you had great fun!! <3

    Well I was wondering if we could follow each other? Do visit my blog and let me know where you follow and I will follow back right away!! :)

    Have a happy week ahead!
    Charu
    http://www.myglossyaffair.com/

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  11. Eeep Madrid looks so beautiful, your photos are great! Ever since watching the film Pot Luck I've been wanting to go so badly, I'm very jealous!

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    1. it was so unbelievably gorgeous and thank you! x

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  12. Thanks for commenting on my blog! Looks like we have both been travelling! Follow each other? http://thoughtsofruby.blogspot.co.nz/

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