our little setup here in madrid is pretty sweet. we aren't in the heart of downtown, but we're only a 15 minute walk away. our apartment is in salamanca which is a district of madrid known for being "quiet" & i like it .. & i wouldn't say it's that quiet. anything we could really ever want is literally on our same street. zara- yup, h&m- check, carrefour (grovery store)- sure is, a million restaurants & cafes- of course. seriously, it's all right by us. it's an ideal location. i've loved wandering around & getting to know our spot in this city more & more each day.
another huge plus it's only a 10 minute walk to austin's school & there are about 3 parks within a 10 minute walk (or less), including retiro park, where i want to spend all of my days. retiro is a place you can easily lose yourself in. every time we go we find something new: a path, a pond, a different playground, gardens, sculptures, buildings.. it's so big we never go around the entire thing in one day because we have so much fun stopping along the way to check everything out. & we usually let cedar walk through the park which tends to slow us down, but it wears him out so it's a win-win.
we've taken up going & exploring the park every saturday. not as a plan or anything but it seems to be where we find ourselves & i love it. the park has clusters of people all over the place, street performers, booths with food spread throughout the park, puppet shows.. it's got it all. & right now retiro is spot on with all of the fall colors. i can't get enough of it. the leaves are insane all throughout the city right now, but there's something about walking through the fall leaves in the park that is really great. the crunchy-ness of every step, the crisp feeling in the air that isn't too cold to be outside in but makes you crave warm delicious things like soup & apple cider, little kids bundled up so warm in their strollers that they can't help but fall asleep. i'm in love it.
i wish SO badly that i had my camera this day in the park. everything was completely perfect & i wish i had better pictures of it to share. one of these days i'll break out the camera & offer up some good pictures, i promise!