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Madrid with baby, day trip to El Escorial & Toma Café.


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Times like these, it feels a little strange to be writing a travel blog about Madrid. And yet, there are certain activities we can already recommend for your next visit of the Spanish capital city, based on our recent trip there. We spent our days exploring downtown Madrid with #BabyTraveller Liam, and all the while I’ve told him things of when I lived here myself, some fifteen years ago, as a young student. Exciting!

Gemütlich: Ein Nachmittag im modernen "Toma Café" ...

These are the days: Spending an afternoon at the trendy, cosy “Toma Café”, run by my dear friend Patricia …

 

... und einen Tagesausflug wert: Besuch der vormaligen Residenz der spanischen Könige, El Escorial vor den Toren Madrids.

… and heading out of town for one day, too, visiting El Escorial Palace about one hour from Madrid.

 

Unsere Anreise nach Madrid mit dem AVE (spanischen Hochgeschwindigkeitszug aus Sevilla) dauert nur gut zwei Stunden. Unkompliziert und bequem!

Our journey to Madrid this time was from Seville, and it took us only about two and a half hours on the Spanish AVE high speed train. Easy, and very comfortable, also with baby on board!

 

Downtown Madrid stroll: Mercado de San Miguel, Malasaña, Templo de Debod.

Despite the weather (it’s a cold drizzle, and quite windy during the winter days we visit), we nevertheless find enough reasons to be joyful. The main one? It so happens that our friends Angelika and Heinz from home have chosen to spend the exact same days in Madrid as we, even taking the exact same plane home! One of life’s wonderful coincidences. Liam thus benefits from having his godmother around, and I get to show off some old navigation skills through downtown Madrid. So happy to be walking here again, and allowing ourselves to be swept up by the vibrant pace of the capital city.

Wintertage in Madrid ...

Winter days in Madrid …

 

... vor dem Nieselregen flüchten wir in die behagliche Stimmung des Mercado de San Miguel, nahe der Plaza Mayor von Madrid ...

… we take refuge from the cold drizzling rain in the comfortably heated Mercado de San Miguel, near Plaza Mayor …

 

... auf ein gutes "Bocadillo de Calamares", wie in meinen alten Studententagen in Madrid ...

… where I just had to have “my Bocadillo de Calamares”, as I’ve already enjoyed it during my student days (only the price has risen since …!) …

 

... weiter spazieren wir durch das zentrale Viertel "Malasaña" ...

… we continue with a little exploration of the downtown district of Madrid Malasaña …

 

... kurzer Fotostopp ...

… heading over to this view of “Palacio Real” – Royal Palace of Madrid in the background …

 

... gesehen während unseres Spazierganges ...

… as from this area …

 

... am Templo de Debod von Madrid, der mich an Sommerszeiten erinnert, als wir hier als Studenten gesessen und Picknicke veranstaltet haben.

… around Templo de Debod, you get to enjoy nice open views and opportunities for picnics, too (in better weather).

 

Nicht verpassen dürft Ihr während Eures nächsten Besuches in Madrid die gemütliche Atmosphäre des TOMA Café, betrieben von meiner lieben Freundin Patricia Alda die hier zu sehen ist ...

Don’t miss a visit to either of the two TOMA Cafés in town, picture taken with the lovely owner Patricia who is a total coffee lover and coffee connoisseur herself …

 

... die Speisen und täglich frischen Kaffee-Röstungen hier sind einfach ein Traum !

… their delicious meals and coffee roasts are a dream come true, and their cafés are always full of people from all walks of life !

 

Take a break from the capital city to visit El Escorial, about one hour away from downtown Madrid.

Well. The one time we chose to visit the famous Monastery and Palace of El Escorial near Madrid, it was actually closed for visits. “But … why?!”, we ask the locals, taken aback by the situation. “A member of the Royal Family died, and you have come here on the day of their state funeral … la hermana del padre del rey”. The sister of the father of the king of Spain has passed away, then. After eyeing all the security personnel around the palace, we choose instead to spend the day walking around the small town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial and its parks. A lovely alternative, and having our friends with us, there is enough fun to be had for the day.

Nahe an Madrid und den Tagesausflug wert: El Real Monasterio y Palacio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial ...

Close to Madrid, and worth the trip: El Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial …

 

... samt angrenzendem Park-Spaziergang ...

… a walk through the local park has us distracted from the busy funeral proceedings …

 

... Kennenlernen der Altstadt ...

… and we enjoy the quiet streets of this small town with the snow-capped mountains of the Sierra de Guadarrama in the background, only about an hour from Madrid.

 

Am Tag darauf heißt es auch schon wieder Abschied nehmen, und wir brechen vom Flughafen Madrid-Barajas gemeinsam nach Hause auf.

The day after, it’s already time to say goodbye: About to leave for Vienna from Madrid airport with our happy #BabyTraveller !

 

Smile even more about our trip through Portugal and Spain as a young family by reading my previous posts here:

 

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Written by Elena

Elena writes about creative destinations, shares her personal travel stories and brings inspiring photography & interesting news updates home to you. Her mission is: "Continue to be amazed at this world, one creative travel experience at a time."

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