Last night for dinner we followed recommendations from Yelp (online rating and review service), which led us to El Buscon, about a 5 minute walk from here. Like a lot of the restaurants in our area, it is a neighborhood bar and grill. We enjoyed the very friendly service and great atmosphere. We opted for their specialty, a dinner of a variety of meats for two, which included ribs, steak, lamb, chicken, and sausages with fries, salad, etc. And all of that cost around $20. We knew it would be more than we could finish, but it was fun getting to sample the variety.
This morning we walked to Chocolateria San Gines, a local favorite for their churros con chocolate. We definitely did not want to miss this experience while in Madrid. The people of Madrid have been getting churros from this restaurant in this location for over 100 years. They were definitely worth the walk. The dish consists of deep-fried dough with thick, warm chocolate for dipping. They reminded me of chocolate-covered, Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
On the way back from the restaurant we transitioned through the Plaza Mayor and there was a large group buying, selling and trading coins and stamps. We also saw a local protest and march (peaceful) in support of Cuba.
Later in the day we headed back out for our second trip to Retiro Park. There were many families out with their children and others enjoying the sun and shade of the park (I am more about the shade). We visited the Crystal Palace in the park, which is located on a small pond. Not sure exactly why this building was constructed or what it is used for but today it was hosting an art exhibit.
On our walk back, we heard music ahead of us but could not immediately locate the source. As we walked closer we found that it was a life-size cuckoo clock, located on a second floor balcony of a nearby building. The figures only come out of the building to chime the hour and when finished, they transition back into the building.
After lunch we found a great little local ice cream shop that had several flavors that did not contain milk. Kind of glad we didn’t find this place until the last day because this might have been a daily stop.
Now a few random things. There is a restaurant close to our hotel called Miss Sushi. While they have a sit-down restaurant they also specialize in sushi delivery. They have a fleet of scooters with coolers mounted on them for the delivering drivers to use. At night they speed up and down the street making their deliveries.
Some times you just notice the small things that are different than what you are used to. In the multi-floor buildings the first floor is zero instead of one. And not depicted in this photo, if you have doors below the main floor we have seen some elevators with negative floor numbers.