Birthday Party In Madrid!

Bonjour, friends! I tried to post this yesterday but was thwarted by problems with the “wee-fee”, so just pretend like you are reading this yesterday. Merci!

 

Bonjour from Madrid! Today I am:

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I couldn’t be happier to be celebrating that number with Enfant #2 and Husband #1 in Madrid. The sun came to the party, too, and shined on us all day long. Madrid is a beautiful city and I can certainly understand why my daughter has fallen in love with it. The buildings are glistening white, the metro is sparkling clean, and the sangria is amazingly delicious.

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The Mercado de San Miguel is a covered market that was completed in 1910. It has been transformed into a thriving destination for all types of Spanish gastronomy. We ate several different kinds of tapas, drank sangria and beer, and finished with ice cream.

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sorry this came out so dark- the building was very pretty

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ham, of course!

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After lunch we went to a beautiful old square called Plaza Mayor.

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Claire was excited to show us a large park, Parque Del Buen Retiro, in the middle of the city. Formerly a royal park, it was opened to the public in 1868 and covers 360 acres.

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This Crystal Palace is in the park and was built in 1887. It used to house exotic plants but is now used for temporary exhibitions.

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It was a great way to celebrate turning 53! I hope you found something to celebrate today, too.

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6 Comments

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6 responses to “Birthday Party In Madrid!

  1. Garlanda

    Happy birthday and thanks for all your wonderful posts. I still hunger for Spanish ham… Have tried to find it here, with no luck. And, by the way, that ‘ girl on the street’ whose jacket and tote you were coveting was me in a former life….I’m sure of it.

    • Laurie

      Happy Birthday Kate!! ❤️ Loved reading your Madrid musings-I’m planning on meeting some friends there in April, after Paris! Give our love to Claire & Mark💝

  2. Laura

    Wow What a birthday!

  3. Margaret

    Happy belated birthday, Kate! You certainly celebrated it in style in my former hometown of Madrid! Isn’t it a fantastic city??? I miss that place soooo much so really enjoyed seeing the pics! Madrid was casa mia for a crazy, wonderful seven years and still have loads of friends there with whom I keep in touch. Keep traveling to lovely places and keep up the great blog which I read when I can! Hasta luego!

Hollah back y'all!

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