Spain – Mar ’14 (Part 1 – Madrid)

We planned for more than  6 months with a rather detailed itinerary. We planned well our route from city to city and did an intensive research on places of interest in each city. We brought our fold-able bicycles along and the trip was such a fulfillment.


First time flying with Emirates was an awesome experience with updated movies and music on-board and great dining options.

We transited at Dubai, UAE for 13 hours for the next flight. We wanted to make a visa-on-arrival and go out but it was a little too troublesome. So  we played in the airport and entertained ourselves.



We reached Liyang’s uncle house in Madrid in the late morning. That was our first stop for Spain whereby we put our languages and started to explore the other cities. We spent 3 days in Madrid to explore the town and reunite with Liyang’s relative.

Liyang’s cousin, Xixi brought us and the 2 kids (Max and Elaine) to the nearby park. The weather during Mar was still cooling and it was just so nice as compared to the hot and humid weather of Singapore.

The city planning was so nicely done. Within each residential area, there was central park for children to play, cycling track and green grass. In Madrid, we had a chance to see cherry blossom too.

The kids got tired so they went home first. We continued to walk towards the main town. The great thing about leisure walk was that you can really see the city life and explore things that tour-group would never be able to offer.

We visited Royal Palace, Plaza de Espana, Sapatini garden, the Utility house, Army museum, Art museum and Xixi’s alma matter and so much more.

The Palacio Real de Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family at the city of Madrid, but is only used for state ceremonies.

Plaza de España (“Spain Square”) is a large square, and popular tourist destination, located in central Madrid. Torre de Madrid (“Madrid Tower”) is one of the tallest skyscrapers. It was built in 1957, being an emblematic building for the square and for the city itself. It houses offices and apartments.

The next stops were Plaza Mayor, Temple of Debod and Market of San Miguel.

The Plaza Mayor, a grand arcaded square in the center of Madrid is very popular with tourists and locals alike. The symmetrical rectangular square features a uniform architecture. The name of the plaza has changed over time. Originally it was called the “Plaza del Arrabal” but became known as the “Plaza Mayor”.

The Temple of Debod is an ancient Egyptian temple which was dismantled and rebuilt in Madrid, Spain.

The Mercado de San Miguel is an historic and monumental market infused with literary retrospect located in the heart of Madrid’s old quarter, an area with genuine personality and endless shopping, cultural and entertainment options.

The Buen Retiro Park is one of the largest parks of the city of Madrid, Spain. The park belonged to the Spanish Monarchy until the late 19th century, when it became a public park.

As we cycled along, we managed to see the local shop-houses. Every corner of the street was filled with fresh bakery, churros and much more.




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