Day 4 - Madrid

Before we knew it, our long weekend in Madrid was coming to an end -- but not before we spent another day exploring before our evening flight.  We took a walk in search of churros for breakfast.  I was amused by the "Honky Tonk Cafe".  I'm not sure that translates properly into Spanish.
We saw plenty of graffiti around the Chamberi neighborhood including outside this pharmacy.  I think I see a few band-aids (elastoplasts?) in the picture so the subject matter is appropriate.
We went to El Brillante for porras.  The place had a weird vibe -- the clientele was a mix of people having breakfast before work and people having a beer at 8 am.  The porras were excellent though -- definitely worth a stop.
We saw more 'under the sea' graffiti on the way back to the Hotel Gran Versalles.
I also liked this bicycle which claims to be competing in the ECMC (European Cycle Messenger Championships) 2011.
Here's the route that we walked for breakfast. 

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We decided to visit the Prado to see some of the Spanish masters.  It was definitely worth spending a few hours exploring.
We then stopped for tapas at Los Gatos.
I loved all the flair decorating the walls and ceiling.
The place was packed but we managed to carve out a spot for ourselves next to the bar.
I also love (I've mentioned this before) how the restaurants in Madrid brand their names like a calling card.  It makes it so easy to remember where you are and where you've been.

We actually made a mistake and stopped for cupcakes for dessert as we were strolling through town.  They were just beckoning from the shop window.  I should have know when I saw Betty Crocker cake mix for sale that we were in trouble.  These guys look really pretty but are nothing to write home about.  Lesson learned.
It was also a holiday in Madrid only (Almudena).  People were dressed up all over town in traditional gear and were dancing and singing as they paraded through the streets.
We walked across town and spent a good chunk of the afternoon in the well coiffed palace gardens.
We also lingered near Madrid's Egyptian Templo de Debod.
We passed more graffiti and then popped into a stand-up diner for a quick bite.
It was easy to recall where we ate since I can reference the calling card napkin once again -- Gran Freiduria Bar Postas.
I love chickpeas so was excited to see this traditional stew on the menu.
We covered 5.6 miles walking around Madrid on the last day of our 4-day weekend.  I hope we'll be back soon.  Madrid treated us extremely well.

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