“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” – unknown
The city of Madrid is a captivating city. Passing through the countryside and even before reaching the main country, we already had a glimpse of how artistic this country was gonna be by seeing all these iconic silhouettes of black bulls that stood proudly in the major highways in Spain.
This Osborne bull is said to be the unofficial national symbol of Spain. Designed by Manolo Prieto, a Spanish graphic designer, born in 1912.
Madrid has an amazing fusion of history and modern architecture, sculpture and public art.
This is the Puerta de Alcala which is a Neo-classical gate in the Plaza de la Independencia in Madrid, Spain.
Modern public art as seen through the few mannequins standing on the balcony at the street in Madrid, Spain
Monument of the matador José Cubero (El Yiyo), near the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas. It’s as if the matador was standing on air.
Also in the same Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas stands the statue of Antonio Bienvenida, a Spanish bullfighter.
The Monument to Miguel de Cervantes is public art located in Madrid, Spain. Erected on the centre of the Plaza de España, it is dedicated to Miguel de Cervantes, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the Spanish language.
Don Quixote and Sancho Panza
In the centre of the Plaza are more Sculptures like:
La Gitanilla (The Gypsy) (1604)
On the left side of Don Quixote is the monument of Miss Dulcinea del Toboso, The lady in behalf of who, Don Quijote celebrated its always crazy battles! Above him is Miguel de Cervantes and he is holding with the right hand the novel that praised him as Master and that gave birth to all these fictional people.
Statues of the kings of Spain in front of the Palacio Real, Royal Palace, Madrid, Spain
An Equestrian statue of Philip IV in front of the Royal Palace of Madrid
Some public art paintings being sold in front of the Prado Museum
Aside from its public art, Madrid is known for its delicious food, affordable living, and deluxe shopping. But one should know that the many small shops and restaurants close from about 2:00-4:00PM. Because of siesta, Spaniards usually eat their dinners after 8:00PM, and go out even later.
Dinner for us during the first night was at the La Mazmorra Meson which was a great place to visit when in Madrid because of its ambiance…aside from the tapas and the sangria. But I must admit that walking down the narrow, steep steps into the underground dungeon was at first a bit creepy.
My husband and I were in Madrid during our 27th Wedding anniversary, which was almost 5 years ago now. We were just having a stroll near our hotel when we saw this gorgeous sunset in the corner of the street.
And right there, also on that corner, we found this restaurant named, Ole Tu where there were many people having dinner. So we though that if there were many locals there…it must be good. We could not understand the menu but we saw “Wagyu Beef” so that’s what we ordered. And to date, that was the best Wagyu beef that we have ever tasted .
Cooking the meat by ourselves and having beer … what a great way to celebrate our anniversary…