What does a gal do with her last 3 hours on a sunny morning in Madrid?
Well, she grabs a quick bite to go with her espresso (in her Rodarte for Target tshirt and Banana Republic cashmere cardigan)…
at a hip, light-filled restaurant…
that looks out at the Puerta de AlcalÃ¡ :
Then on a caffeine high she speedwalks to the Plaza de Cibeles (goddess of fertility), where the grand, white post office–that’s now the mayor’s office–can be found:
With two hours left, it’s a brisk stroll through the Parque del Buen Retiro which I’d mentioned to you on my first entry about Madrid. This park takes center stage, literally, in the heart of a bustling Madrid. You could easily spend an entire day in this large park. A lovely spot to visit is the Rosaleda del Retiro (rose garden):
And there are stretches of paths for running or strolling:
In another part of the park you can find an art gallery inside the Palacio de Cristal:
It is still rather cold this morning, and there is ice instead of water in most spouts:
The park is so enormous that it can accommodate an artificial pond, Estanque del Retiro…
that surrounds the Monument to Alfonso XII:
So that’s how this gal spent her last 3 hours in Madrid. I can’t wait to come back!