Madrid

The final stop on our honeymoon was Spain’s capital, Madrid, where we had three days to explore the city.

Cybele Palace (formerly Palacio de Comunicaciones)
Cybele Palace (formerly Palacio de Comunicaciones)

We stayed at Hostal Bermejo, which is a family-owned flat with several rooms for rent. The price and location were great, but the rooms were just okay.

Madrid street view
Madrid street view

We hopped on a touristy bus for a whirlwind tour of the city.  Some of the highlights were Puerta del Sol, a popular urban square, and Gran Vía, which is an ornate and upscale shopping street. Some refer to Gran Vía as the Spanish Broadway, or the street that never sleeps.

Selfie on a Madrid touristico bus
Selfie on a Madrid touristico bus
Gran Vía
Gran Vía
Gran Vía
Gran Vía
Gran Vía at sunset
Gran Vía at sunset
Puerta del Sol
Puerta del Sol
Puerta del Sol
Puerta del Sol
Real Madrid C.F., Arena/Stadium (Santiago Bernabéu Stadium)
Real Madrid C.F., Arena/Stadium (Santiago Bernabéu Stadium)

We met up with Drew’s friend, Jorge, and had a night out on the town that started with a free concert series.

Met up with Drew's buddy, Jorge
Met up with Drew’s buddy, Jorge
Jorge explaining the proper way to serve Sidra Asturiana (cider from his home region of Asturias)
Jorge explaining the proper way to serve Sidra Asturiana (cider from his home region of Asturias)
Drew's attempt at cider pouring
Drew’s attempt at cider pouring

We spent our last day shopping for souvenirs and packing our bags. Then, we caught our last train to the airport.

Our last European public transportation
Our last European public transportation before heading home

Our honeymoon was one-of-a-kind, and we’re so thankful to our family who helped make it possible.

There is one thing you learn after flying >8000 miles, riding 10 different trains, driving >2000 km, visiting 4 countries and their 4 capital cities, and being away for a month: there’s no place like home!