Monday, October 30, 2017

What I loved & didn’t love about Madrid

In Parque del Oeste wearing:
Headscarf - Stella Dallas
Sunglasses - Beacon's Closet
Tank top - H&M
Skirt - Pom Pom Vintage
Purse - The Bargain District
Sandals - Teva from DSW 

Taking in the beauty of Parque del Oeste

Before heading to the Teleferico de Madrid cable cars

What a view at Parque del Oeste near the Temple of Debod

The Temple of Debod

Exploring the cute streets in the old town of Madrid wearing:
Headscarf - Stella Dallas
Sunglasses - Beacon's Closet
Dress - Ochre & Bone
Purse - The Bargain District
Sandals - Teva from DSW 
The perfect pink wall in on a cute street in the old town area of Madrid

Taking in some sun near my hostel, Flat5Madrid 

Admiring the beauty of Palacio de Cristal in Retiro Park while waring:
Dress - 10ft Single by Stella Dallas
Headscarf - Stella Dallas
Sunglasses - Sunglasses - Beacon's Closet
Purse - The Bargain District
Sandals - Teva from DSW 

The surreal gardens in Retiro Park

Trip Recap: Madrid, Spain

I know so many people that adore Madrid, Spain. It was so highly recommended to me to visit that I just had to visit there when I was in Spain this past summer. I really like Madrid but didn't care for a few things about this interesting Spanish city. But I'm totally willing to give it another try on a future trip because the vibe of this city was just so good. Here’s what I loved and didn’t love about Madrid:

What I Loved about Madrid

Awesome City Vibe

I immediately fell in love with the vibe and feel of Madrid. It’s so lively and looks so much like my beloved city and home, New York. The architecture and cute Spanish charm are so easy to fall in love with. I walked what felt like a million miles taking in all the cute city streets and beautiful green spaces. And just a side note, I felt like my outfit game was so strong. Check out my outfit details below each of the photos above.  The city has a such a sense of romance about it each. Each time I went out with my husband it felt like a super romantic walk in the park or a very special date night.

Beautiful Parks

In the spring and summer, you’ll always catch me in the parks in New York City. I specifically moved to an area in Manhattan where the parks are large and spectacular. That’s how much I love parks so much. Sorry to say that the parks in New York aren’t quite as lovely as those in Madrid. The green spaces and parks in Madrid are so darn enchanting. One of the things I remember hearing about Madrid was how amazing the parks were. And they didn't disappoint. They were some of the best parks that I’ve ever seen. They were so pristine, easy to explore and perfect for taking a relaxing stroll while enjoying their beauty. The parks I absolutely loved and spent the most time in were Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro) and Parque del Oeste. Also, the weather was hot but not humid. Since I’m used to hot weather accompanied with humidity, it was a real treat to enjoy the warm sun and not be drenched in sweat while walking around.

Tasty Pastries

Looking back, I think that most of my time in Madrid was spent in the parks having a picnic and enjoying the local treats and freshly baked goods. I found the grocery stores to be super affordable and stocked up daily on fresh pastries and bread along with fruits, veggies, and condiments to go with them. My mouth is drooling just thinking about the fresh baked pastries and bread of all kinds that I ate my body weight in while in Madrid. I’ll totally go back to Madrid just for the extremely tasty hot out of the oven baguettes and pastries. Yes, they were that good!

What I didn’t Love about Madrid

Felt too much like home

I’m so picky about where I go on vacation. While visiting Madrid for the first time, I learned that while I live for exploring different cities all over the world, I need to visit ones that don't remind me of my city, New York City. Sorry to say that the one biggest thing that I didn’t love about Madrid was that it reminded me too much of New York. While it was way cleaner than the big apple, it has a very similar feel to NYC and I cringed every time I saw a Starbucks, Burger King or H&M. There was one busy strip that I walked several times that drove me a little insane because it looked too much like Times Square. And there were several streets off the city center that also reminded me too much of home.


While at times I had to stay close to our flat that was located off of a pretty busy touristy area, I found the food to be a bit on the pricey side. If on vacation the prices are close to what I’d pay in New York, then it’s too pricey for me. Hehe. I’m not one to want to splurge and spend more than I normally would just because on vacation. I’m super frugal in general and especially when I’m on vacation. The food was still a bit expensive even when I left the touristy neighborhoods. The metro was also out of my price range at almost five euros each way.

Where are the good vegetarian-friendly restaurants?

I’m not sure where the amazing vegetarian and veggie-friendly restaurants are in Madrid but I’m totally willing to go back to find out where they are. After researching for hours and walking many miles, the husband and only ate super tasty food twice. One was an Indian restaurant and the other was a waffle and crepe spot that we were so grateful to have stumbled upon. The food at the Spanish and vegetarian restaurants we barely eatable. That’s mostly why we hit up the grocery stores and markets so much for items to make our own tapas and sandwiches.

Thanks so much for reading! Have you been to Madrid yet??

Leigh <3

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