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We came to Madrid in late December. It was a cloudy, gloomy day -- the sky was at the edge of weeping and I could almost squeeze water out of the humid air. The whole city seemed to bathe in the milk, and our minds were set in such dreamy mood during our stay.

 

Palacio Real de Madrid

The Palacio Real de Madrid (Royal Palace of Madrid) is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family. But in fact the King does not live there anymore. 

The Palacio Real de Madrid (Royal Palace of Madrid) is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family. But in fact the King does not live there anymore. 

We really like the garden in front of the palace. 

We really like the garden in front of the palace. 

The plants were shaped into artificial forms. Very French.

The plants were shaped into artificial forms. Very French.

In this picture: Pleated Jacket by Issey Miyaki

In this picture: Pleated Jacket by Issey Miyaki

 
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Madrid's Golden Triangle

No, not like the one in southeast Asia, here it refers to the Golden Triangle of Art, made up of three important art museums that are close to each other in the centre of Madrid. The most famous one is probably the Prado Museum that hosts the Maids of Honor by Diego Velázquez.

The neighborhood is very charming, with wide driveway and tall, shedding tress. 

The neighborhood is very charming, with wide driveway and tall, shedding tress. 

Palacio de Comunicaciones, now Madrid's City Hall, offers panoramic views of the city from this Gothic palace.

Palacio de Comunicaciones, now Madrid's City Hall, offers panoramic views of the city from this Gothic palace.

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Little dome at the horizon. Beneath is a train station.

Little dome at the horizon. Beneath is a train station.

We also visited the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, one of the triangle gangs. It houses collection of 13th-20th-century European masterpieces, from Renaissance to Pop Art. We saw the name of Thyssen-Bornemisza a lot in Spain's art institutes -- must be a gloriously wealthy family.

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Le-Sycomore_Travel_Madrid
Le-Sycomore_Travel_Madrid
 

Food

Tapas here differs so much from the ones I had before. The dishes are unpretentious, just like mom's cooking, and so burning hot since they are right from the pan. Observing the chefs making and serving food in the steaming kitchen is really a foreplay that turns on the tastebud.

I have been a huge fan for tapas (since I was born?). The idea that I could try a variety of dish without feeling too full just delights me every time.

Churros with hot choco dip

Churros with hot choco dip

Tapas fresh from the pan, so hot that it almost burned my mouth

Tapas fresh from the pan, so hot that it almost burned my mouth

Busy vendors at Mercado de San Miguel

Busy vendors at Mercado de San Miguel

If I were to make one recommendation for authentic food, definitely Mercado de San Miguel.

The historic wrought-iron-and-glass building is well-worth the visit. Just off Plaza Mayor, it has become one of the liveliest culinary spots in the city since it reopened in 2009 after a nearly six-year restoration. Sort of like the Quincy Market in Boston, it serves fresh, local food and drinks and gets super busy during meal times. It's a bit touristic, but it does live up to the hype. 

 
Ends with a selfie with modern art gallery at the Golden Art Triangle

Ends with a selfie with modern art gallery at the Golden Art Triangle

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