Given that I still have a pretty good amount of time before I start working as an assistant English teacher, I’m taking advantage of all the free things to do around the city before I am a lot busier during the week. Some museums have exclusive hours during which they are free, so I am trying to hit up all the interesting ones before I won’t be available during those hours. We went to the Museo del Prado during one of these times, but photography is not allowed there, unfortunately. However, it’s definitely worth a visit for the paintings by Goya and Velázquez in addition to the beautiful and huge collection of Roman sculptures.
We went back to El Parque del Buen Retiro (Retiro Park) again and took the adorable rowboats out for a jaunt on the lake and got a great vantage point of the monument to Alfonso XII. We also ate delicious churros and chocolate at San Ginés, a 24 hour restaurant that is famous for these treats.
Yesterday I devoted time with a friend to taking pictures of all the major things I hadn’t yet, including the famed Metropolis Building that graces so many images of the city. It’s pretty hard to get a selfie with it because of the shift in light, so here’s my best try! We also went to the free hours of the Sorolla Museum in the north of the city, which is a museum dedicated to the life and works of the painter Joaquín Sorolla. The museum is inside of his former house, and includes many of his beautiful works as well as two exquisite patios and lush gardens. We got pastries at La Mallorquina, a pastry shop that’s been open in Madrid since 1894. The shop definitely doesn’t just ride on its reputation- every bite of everything here was incredible. If you’re in Puerta del Sol, just follow your nose! The shop makes its whole corner of the plaza smell like sugar.