such great heights.

13 Jun

The rest of my weekend proved to be pretty fun – and I checked off a few more fun things on my “Madrid Bucket List” that I had been wanting to do for awhile. The first was a botellón (pre-party) outside in the Templo de Debod for a friend’s birthday.You don’t have to ask me twice to drink (beer) outside, next to Egyptian ruins overlooking Casa de Campo and the Royal Palace. Literally kicking myself for not going here every weekend. The night progressed to a club I had never been to either, called Morocco, which was pretty fun as well!

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templo de debod at night.

Sunday morning, I met my Uncle at his hotel and after a quick stop at Starbucks to fuel me after an unintentionally late night, we headed over to Parque del Oeste to take the 11 minute-journey over Northwestern Madrid via Teleférico. We got great views of the city and fun, amusement park-like experience. Here’s what we saw:

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waiting our turn.

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Manzanares River and the Cathedral in the background.

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Parque de Atracciones and the Serengeti-like terrain.

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view from the top.

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my Uncle Casey on our teleférico journey.

After the ride, we had an EXQUISITE lunch at Parrilla de María, near Metro Callao. We had delicious red pepper and anchovies to start, and my entree was perhaps my favorite thing I’ve had in Madrid to date: black ravioli stuffed with seafood in a hollandaise cream sauce. I had my camera with me but it was gone before I thought to snap a picture.

We also saw Midnight in Paris  last night – I loved the shots of Paris and appreciated the gimmicky set up of the plot, but I just sort of felt like the gimmick didn’t really amount to much and that it sort of fell flat, but my Uncle loved it. I’m thinking that I didn’t have enough 1920s literature knowledge to get all of the “in” jokes – Vicky Cristina Barcelona gets the win in that Paris v. Barcelona show-down at least.

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I wish I loved the movie as much as I love the poster...

Has anyone else seen Midnight in Paris? Thoughts?

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