From the outside, the Royal Palace simply looks like a large government building. The inside, however, is much more ornate. Once within palace walls, you are not allowed to take photos past the reception area. Throughout the hallways of this royal abode, though, are some of the most elaborate rooms I have ever seen. With an audio guide as our navigator, my family and I walked room to room, learning about the monarchs of Spain and their lavish possessions.
My favorite room was the Gasparini room of Charles III, decorated floor-to-ceiling with incredible print and color. The armory was another memorable area of the royal complex, displaying an impressive collection of imperial armor, and accompanying views of Madrid and the mountains beyond.
After having been indoors for most of the morning, we spent the second half of the day in Madrid’s Royal Botanical Garden, or Real Jardín Botánico. With grounds much larger than they appear, one could spend an entire day strolling through the rows of vegetation. Though the flowers are the most photogenic, the gardens were also filled with fruit trees, aquatic foliage, and succulents. There was even a greenhouse, sheltering tropical plants from around the world. We may have been too early in the season for the gardens to be in full flourish, but the spring air and sunshine still made it a great day.
Fun, flower photo editing— it’s amazing what a computer can do!
Tonight’s nighttime activity was a jazz club. Or supposed to be a jazz club. Unfortunately, Café Central, the restaurant and live entertainment hub, was packed by the time we arrived, requiring reservations or early attendance. The full house looked like a good sign of a good time. Next trip, we’ll call ahead.
Though we would have enjoyed a night out, my family and I welcomed an early early end to our day and a good night’s sleep. Tomorrow morning we would be traveling to Paris!
- Royal Palace of Madrid
- Calle de Bailén, s/n, 28071 Madrid
- Catedral de la Almudena
- Calle de Bailén, 10, 28013 Madrid
- Royal Botanical Garden
- Plaza de Murillo, 2, 28014 Madrid
- Café Central
- Plaza del Ángel, 10, 28012 Madrid
Paz, Amor, Madrid