A weekend in Madrid: Retiro Park, the Crystal Palace and some tapas

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Last weekend I visited my gorgeous friend (and bridesmaid) Beth, who has recently moved out to Madrid. We needed to go bridesmaid dress shopping and Madrid seemed like a good place to go to do that! The dress is all sorted but I can’t show you just yet – but I thought I’d share some of my photos. We packed quite a bit into a weekend!

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Our first destination was Mercado de San Miguel – a really amazing market where you can buy pretty much everything food-wise, sample the sangria (although I had iced tea!) and generally soak up the atmosphere. Fabulous!

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The following day, we shopped in the morning before doing some more exploring – starting in Buen Retiro Park. There is a beautiful rose garden there, and one or two of them were in bloom. We even spotted some cute ducklings!

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We also visited the Crystal Palace and spent ages taking photos there. Inside, there was a lovely art installation.

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Here we are enjoying the sun (briefly!) – it was a pretty chilly weekend!

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That evening we went to a little tapas place, which seemed to be very popular with the locals! The food was amazing – we had feta and caramelised red onion tortilla with some chicken and some ham and cheese croquettes. Yum!

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This is already quite a long post so I’ll write about our visit to El Rastro in another post, but the first photo gives you a sneaky peek!

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