After checking out the Plaza, we headed down the Gran Via to return to our hotel. This is considered to be Madrid's "Broadway". It was a very busy and active street with lots of shopping and cool buildings. But, it wasn't exactly Broadway. It was a great walk back to our hotel, though.
We got back to the hotel and waited a little while until Mr. Frisby and Ryan were done working. Then we headed out for some more fun. We took them to the Plaza Mayor and decided to have dinner at one of the little cafes there. We decided that, since we were in Spain, we better eat some Tapas. So we did.
My favorite tapas were probably the croquettes. They were like Mozzarella sticks, but with better, creamier cheese and with ham chunks, too. Mmmmm. Unfortunately, as it got later, the wind started picking up and it started to get really cold, so we were anxious to finish dinner and get moving. We left the Plaza Mayor and walked over to see the Palacio Real and the Cathedral. The cathedral had just closed for mass, so we couldn't go inside. And the Palace was closed for the day, but it was still fun to see them and we knew we would have plenty of time to tour them later.
Across the street from the Palace is the Plaza del Oriente which became another of my favorite spots in Madrid. We loved this plaza with its view of the Palace, pretty gardens, and super cute apartments.
Please note the H&M bag in my hand. I noticed very quickly that H&Ms are as plentiful in Spain as Dunkin' Donuts are in New York City (if you haven't been to NYC, they're everywhere). Miranda and I had probably gone into an H&M 4 or 5 times that day alone. And we had only been in Spain for 2 days. Anyway, that H&M bag happened to be filled with Mr. Frisby's treasures (because after realizing the sizes were not exactly the same as in the US, we had to have the boys actually try things on to figure out the right size). But, not to worry. I would later fill my own H&M goody bag in Barcelona.
Next was one of my favorite activities of the trip. Before heading to Spain, I was really excited to get some Churros con Chocolate. For those of you who read my churro post from Barcelona, these were different than the churro relleno. Basically, they're little churros that you dip in hot chocolate. But, not regular hot chocolate. Tasty, rich, thick hot chocolate. So, we decided to hit up a little chocolateria recommended by our guidebook as the best place to get churros con chocolate. And, we were all the more excited given that we were freezing our butts off. So, we cracked open the guidebook and headed off to find the chocolateria.
And that was it for our first full day in Madrid. So far so good for our Spain vacation...