Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Things to Do in Madrid: NY Times travel article

Thanks to my mom for pointing out this article from the NY Times:

36 Hours in Madrid

It's a good read for anyone looking for new or interesting things to do in Madrid. The author points out less-touristy options without ignoring what really draws many tourists to Madrid. There is the obligatory tablao de flamenco, but not the same old ones that every other tourist guide talks about (Las Carboneras, Cafe de Chinitas, etc.). She leads you past the crowds of tourists, pickpockets, and hawkers in the Plaza de Mayor to the more peaceful Jardin del Principe de Anglona in La Latina. After visiting the gardens, I also recommend walking up to the Museo de los Origines (Casa de San Isidro) to learn about the history of Madrid. There are findings from archaelogical digs conducted throughout the province, old maps and models of the city so you can see how it has changed over the years, and many things related to Madrid's Patron Saint (San Isidro), who supposedly lived and died in the building.

Finally, as a former resident of Legazpi, I am particularly pleased to see the NY Times article mention El Matadero. It's a very cool space, and there's always lots going on there, from theater performances to art and photo exhibits, to the occasional concert. And while you're there, drop by the invernadero (greenhouse) known as the Palacio de Cristal de Arganzuela. It's free to get in, and you can easily spend a few hours wandering through its four main rooms featuring plants, trees, and flowers from around the world.

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