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Madrid para una noche

Did I say that right?

I'll be in Madrid for one night this Saturday before I head to Portugal for like a week. What should I do? I've not been to Madrid in about 4 years. What's the amazing new restaurants there? Something easy to do, I reckon Spain is a bit hard for people who don't the local language. Any cool bars I should hit up? It looks like I'll be flying out at like 10am the following day so I'm not really going to be jaunty and out and about.
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No idea, I only went once to Madrid and I was 11 and spent 3 of the 5 days on the Warner Bros Park

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There's such a thing in Madrid??
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Yes! And it's awesome

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Personally, I wouldn't want to leave Madrid without visiting the Prado. They have some of the most fantastic paintings. I was surprised how many Bosch paintings they have (El Bosco), and Las Meninas is one of the most amazing paintings ever. Also, el Rastro is great fun (a flea market), if you are into that kind of thing, but I think that is just one day a week. I spent about five weeks there a while ago, and I have to say that I loved it. Anyway, if I was only going to be there one day, I would go to the Prado. (Lack of adequate/tolerable Spanish was not a barrier.)
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Thanks! I've actually been. I have to check and see if there are new exhibits I want to see, but if not, I don't really want to spend the one day cooped inside.
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Thanks! I've actually been. I have to check and see if there are new exhibits I want to see, but if not, I don't really want to spend the one day cooped inside.
If you have been to El Prado do not miss out THE EXHIBITION of the year in Spain. The biggest exhibition of Edward Hopper ever shown outside America is held in Museo Thyssen Bornemisza until Sept 16

http://www.museothyssen.org/en/thyss...es_actuales/88

This museum is one of the most important museums in Spain and its permanent collection is an absolute must with works from Dalí, Degas, Chagall, Caravaggio, Cézanne, Monet...

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Thanks for the tip. I'll definitely look into it, but man 15 euros (to see Hopper and the perm collection) is a lot!
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If I only had one day in Madrid and wanted to be outdoors I'd just chill in Retiro (always so much going on there) then make my way up to Sol, Plaza de Isabel II, then onto the Palace (it's all within walking distance). Also the Temple of Debod is pretty cool and is in a park with stunning views of the Palace and Casa de Campo.

As far as going to eat you can find so many nice little places in La Latina or on the streets just off Sol. Plaza Mayor too.

El Tigre is a pretty cool bar/restaurant (the tapas is that huge that it counts as a meal), just off Gran Via (it's well known so it's easy to ask people for directions). It gets absolutely packed which makes for a great atmosphere and very easy to just start chatting with just anyone.

If you like Opera the Teatro Real are doing 90% discounts on various days.
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Yeah I loved El Retiro too

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Thanks for the tip. I'll definitely look into it, but man 15 euros (to see Hopper and the perm collection) is a lot!
Really? 15 euros to enter a museum anywhere in Europe is not much. Especially Italy, Spain and France.
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You can enter the Met for a penny if you wanted. And I'm a journalist so I rarely have to pay...
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Did I say that right?
I guess so.


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Thanks! I've actually been. I have to check and see if there are new exhibits I want to see, but if not, I don't really want to spend the one day cooped inside.
Oh, if you've been there, probably something else would be better.

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You can enter the Met for a penny if you wanted. And I'm a journalist so I rarely have to pay...
Oh my, I'm that cheap, too. 15 euros is a lot.

The exhibitions can be so crowded. More fun, perhaps, to be in a crowded tapas bar.
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