In addtion, sculptures are found in abundance in el Retiro; one of the most important of these is the Sculpture of the Angel Caido (Fallen Angel), by Ricardo Bellver, dedicated wholly to Lucifer and said to be the only one in the whole world. The Monument to Alfonso XII was conceived by Jose Grases i Riera and meant to be viewed from the inside. The Statue of General Martinez Campos is one of the most lovely works of Mariano Benlliure. And many other statues: Pio Baroja, Ramon de Campoanmore, the brothers Alvarez Quintero, among others.
what to eat in Madrid
There is not such thing as the typical Madrelenian food: Madrid possesses restaurants who serve food that comes from all the different corners of the country, food from Andalusia, Valencia, Asturia, Castilia etc. Yet there are some very popular dishes. Normally your meal consist out of: soup or salad, the a fish/meat dish, followed by flan (pudding) or ice. The following dishes are highly recommemndable. 1. Paella (originall y the idea was that it is a dish containing all the leavings from other coocked dishes of the week. it contains therefore a variation of seafood, chicken, rabbit, pork,gamba's, mussels, beans, tomatoes and paprika. the paella always is served with rice) 2. Pisto (just like ratatouille, a mixture of paprika, tomatoes, onions, courgette) 3. Fabada (beans, bacon, sausage, ham) 4. Pollo Ajillo (baked chicken in white wine juice) 5. Sopa de Ajo (soup which is filled with bread, eggs and paprika) 6. Cocido (leek, cabbage, potatoes, turnip, carrot, sausage, chicken, ham) its very popular in Spain, yet the madrilean variant seems to be the best one. 7. Gazpacho (its a cold soup, a mixture of bread and cumcumber and tomatoes and olive oil.vedgetables and croutons) 8. Pimientos rellenos (hot red paprikas filled up with fish or meat)
Real Jardin Botánico II: The Exhibition Greenhouse
From the official webpage: "The Exhibition Greenhouse reflects faithfully the essence and spirit of this institution. In this greenhouse, more than a thousand of species are cultivated in three different modules: tropical, desert and warm-weather species. The Exhibition Greenhouse was built with modern materials and uses the latest clean energy technologies".
I can only add that it's a small but really nice and interesting place, where you learn about different habitats, from extreme dry to extreme humid. You can walk along the ground level of the greenhouse and return from the high walkway to see the top of the plants.
There is small area dedicated to "carnivore" plants in the humid habitat extreme, kids (and many adults) usually like these amazing plants.
Maybe not so impressive, but there are many interesting and strange plants at the desert habitats area. I did like so much the lithops, tiny ones that resemble pebbles… I bough a few at the site's shop, and now they seem to be happyly living at my balcony as they have doubled their size since then :-)
If you have time to search...
This is the place to be if you love Zara, they sell the collection of last season and clothes with little mistakes (like a button that's missing). It lookes really messy, but it's worth it.
I bought some Zara t-shirts for only 4€.
If you do venture through Huertas at 2AM on a Tuesday, looking for a hip place to get down, chances are you'll end up in a seedy dive like this. If this place had ever met any licensing requirements, I would be shocked. Expensive beer, lousy Europop, and slimy kids -- What more do you need for crazy fun!?!