Friday, October 30, 2009

Husa Chamartin Hotel in Madrid

Our hotel was called Husa Chamartin, located just above the Chamartin metro station.

It is a pretty nice hotel.

I did not know why they gave us a suite instead of just a normal room.  So, we had a living room with a dining table, a bedroom and a bathroom/toilet.  This is the living room.

The first thing I saw when I walked into the room was that painting on the wall.  It looked like some blood flowing onto the floor from a wounded person (I must have watched too much CSI).  It gave me an eerie feeling everytime I stole a peek at it, as I tried not to look at it at all.

The bedroom was through another door.

And this is the bathroom.

It was quite comfortable for a five nights stay except that I did not like the painting :-(

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Street Performers in Madrid

There are lots of people who performed on the streets of Madrid.  I managed to shoot some photos of a few of them.  I was quite impressed by how they were able to do what they did for a living.  Imagine being still and all painted/covered with mud from 10am to 6pm everyday.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Food We Ate in Madrid

Ordering food in Madrid is a hassle.  A lot of restaurants and bars do not have English menus and the waiters and waitresses do not speak much of English.  We were lucky that one of the bars had Filipino waitresses and the one that served us could speak really good English. 

I did not take a lot of pictures of the food we had but here are some of them.

Bread would mostly be served to you even though you did not order it.  You could choose to reject it, which was what we did.

We ordered spaghetti, so that chubby kid could eat it.  One of our top priority was to find food that chubby kid could eat to keep her full so that she would not be cranky.

These are wraps with ham and cheese on the inside and tomato, onion and sweet pepper chopped up and sprinkled on the top.  They are pretty nice and I aim to replicate this dish at home :-)

This is a local Spanish alcoholic punch called Sangria.  The olives are quite nice too.  I noticed that most bars will serve olives to their customers, regardless of whether or not they would be having some food.  Some customers would just have a beer with olives, sitting there relaxing, watching the crowd go by.

And of course, calamari rings.

Not to forget, paella.  We tried both chicken paella and seafood paella.  Tasted not too bad.

If we had known Spanish or if English was more widely spoken in Madrid, we could have tried even more variety of Spanish dishes.  But alas, it was not meant to be.

Monday, October 26, 2009

At Night in Sol, Madrid

Here are some more night views of Sol.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Estadio Santiago Bernabeu

Oh well, our trip would not be complete if we did not visit the home of the Real Madrid Football Club, would it?  So, here are some pictures of Santiago Bernabeu.  I have not seen Raul's picture for quite some time and he is still as good looking as ever :-)

Stadium tour costs €15 per adult.

This is the trophy room.

Football boots.

The field.

Players' bench.

Visitors' shower room.  Too bad the stadium tour does not include the home dressing room.

This is the press conference room.

And the tour ends here.

P/S:  There are other photos of the five-storey high seatings, museum, trophy room, VIP seatings (I really like this) and players' tunnel which are not shown in this post.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Madrid, Spain

We got back a few days ago from Madrid, in a trip that I did not thoroughly enjoy due to various reasons that dissipate my excitement.  I will therefore, try to be as enthusiastic as I can in writing about this trip.

I personally like the architecture of buildings in the Madrid city centre.  Every window seems to have this little nice veranda railings.

Here are some of the places we visited.  This is a monument nearby Plaza de Espana.

There was a massive traffic jam all along the Gran Via when we were strolling around looking for a decent place to have lunch.

This is Puerta de Alcala, nearby the Banco de Espana.

We also visited the Museo del Prado, a museum filled with thousands of interesting art pieces.  I only ever heard of Goya and saw some of his work.  Too bad we were not allowed to take any photos inside the museum.

This is an interesting piece of green patch, which apparently is a public artwork.

Sol is the central area which has rows and rows of shops, restaurants and such.  It is quite a happening area and thus, this is where the crowd throngs.

Plaza Mayor is another very interesting place close by to Sol.  There are rows and rows of restaurants here, which are all fully packed on a Sunday.

If only we knew some Spanish, we probably could order some interesting food.

This is the statue of King Phillips III, situated in Plaza Mayor.

Catedral Almudena is a Catholic cathedral just opposite the Palacio Real de Madrid.

The Spanish Royal family do not reside in the Palacio Real de Madrid.  Instead, it is only used for state ceremonies.

We also went to the Plaza del Toros, the bullring, where bull fights take place.

I find these two slanting buildings located nearby our hotel a pretty interesting piece of architecture.

Here are some pictures of night views in Sol.

More miscellaneous photos of our trip over the next few days with shorter blog entries.  I really got to catch up on sleep.