My final destination in Spain was magnificent Madrid.
Four weeks had whizzed by very quickly and I felt sad that the end was approaching.
But there was no time to worry about it, I had a fantastic city to explore!
There were many wonderful places to see, but the absolute highlight for me was the vertical gardens, located next door to the CaixaForum.
It’s a remarkable spectacle to see!
Imagine the different views it would generate throughout the year with all the plants changing colours. Truly amazing!
The CaixaForum had an unexpected treat inside – an exhibition entitled “Pixar: 25 Years of Animation”.
That is the only photo I was able to take, as photography wasn’t allowed inside the exhibition.
I found it quite unusual that photography was also not permitted inside the Royal Palace (The Palacio Real de Madrid).
Had I known beforehand that you weren’t supposed to take photos inside, I may not have bothered paying 10 € to go in.
I found it very ostentatious and quite ugly.
I managed to get three pictures before being scolded by a security guard.
Another glorious area of Madrid was the Parque de El Retiro, or Park of the Pleasant Retreat.
It’s a massive area devoted to beautiful gardens and buildings.
I especially loved the Crystal Palace (Palacio de Cristal), built in 1887 to exhibit flora and fauna from the Philippines.
It is now used for art exhibits, organised through the Reina Sofia Museum.
Take some time to sit down inside if you get the chance, it’s beautiful.
Also located in the park is a monument to King Alfonso XII.
I also took a few pictures as I meandered around the streets of Madrid, making the most of my last few days in Spain.
I highly recommend a visit to Spain – it has become one of my all time favourite countries. In my top 5, easily.
It is a wonderful part of the world, and I look forward to a return visit, or as I said in post about gorgeous Granada, to retiring there someday.
Thank you Spain, you were grand!