This year we choose to go a little farther than our usual March Break destination because this is probably Gunnar’s last March Break with us for a while ( he graduates in June). We wanted somewhere European, somewhere with direct flights from Toronto and somewhere we could use our Aeroplan points to = lots of options that were awesome BUT there was a deal ( like half points) to Madrid, so our decision was EASY!
We spent about 2 hours exploring what used to be the royal gardens that were opened to the public in the 18th century. It used to have the city zoo in it which has since moved on to larger quarters in the outskirts, ( abandoned spaces ALWAYS make me think of The Walking Dead) but some enclosures are still there.
We stored our bags and coats in the train station until we caught a cab to the apartment we rented through Home Away.
We didn’t take a long time to settle before we headed out into Old Madrid and get our bearings.
We did a bit of shopping, I bought shoes ( big surprise), the boys bought soccer shirts (thanks grandma Mary Margaret) and we picked up groceries. We were at Lidl first and then El Corte Inglés ( the big Spanish department store) which has an AWESOME grocery section ( I can only imagine what Harrods is like) and the boys wanted this:
We were officially exhausted. So dinner and bed.