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Wandering Madrid during Labor Day

Temple of Debo’s (templo de debod), Real Palace (Palacio Real), Paella (Mejor arrocería: Marina Ventura Madrid), Platea

We have been embracing the Spanish culture and waking up late, having a late lunch, and taking a nap prior to adventuring. It’s been quite lovely.

We have been craving more Asian food so we decided to wander over to Zen Noodle for lunch (Noodle shop at Calle de Lagasca, 80 on google maps). They have a 15 euro bento that is WELL worth the price. I would however stick to the noodles as we shared 2 noodle bento boxes AND a sushi/sashimi bento box. This was obviously insanely way too much food but the noodles really satisfied our cravings. The sushi itself was abundant but just okay and covered in a lot of toppings like spicy mayo. The beef noodle soup was not like any typical Taiwanese beef noodle soup but the broth was light and tasty and was helpful for digesting all the cured meat we have been eating. The spicy dan dan noodles were tasty but do have a mild spicy kick (you could ask for spicier). I really enjoyed the pickled vegetables that also came with it. All in all for the price and our craving, it was a good lunch.
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Having filled our bellies excessively, we passed out for a nap before heading to the Templo de Debod, these are Egyptian ruins. Unfortunately, everything was slow and closed today because it was Labor Day so we were unable to venture inside but we did enjoy the exterior as well as the super shady park FILLED with tons of locals and tourists alike. There is an amazing view of the Palacio Real and the city at the back of this ruin and I highly recommend going to see it. We then sat and people watched briefly before heading to see the Palacio Real.
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We went to see the Palace which up close is super huge but again was closed due to the holiday so mainly enjoyed looking at all the people hustling for money including a couple of old couples that were dancing Flamenco!

Afterward, we headed back to city center by foot but not before stopping at Mercado de San Miguel for more oysters, a glass of champagne, and roast pork. The roast pork skin was super crispy! But the meat itself was slightly hard and dry. Worth a try though! We then continued our Asian food day by stopping by T4 (a brand from Taiwan) near the Plaza Mayor for boba. I got the specialty (which is not a milk tea) and Nick got a milk tea. The boba was really soft and had good texture and tasted great.
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We then walked all the way over to where we had reservations for dinner in the hopes of walking off a few of the extra calories. Lol. We ate at Mejor arrocería: Marina Ventura Madrid but you ABSOLUTELY need reservations if you are planning on coming here. (We had tried to eat here yesterday but settled for next day reservations). Also, plan for the paella to take about 40 minutes to come out. We ordered olives and a tuna salad for appetizer while we waited and drank a pitcher of white sangria. You HAVE to get these olives (they were Malaga olives that were definitely the best ones we had all trip). The white sangria was light and refreshing and was super easy to drink. We got Paella de Mariscos and marveled at the enormity of it as we dug in and enjoyed the flavorful rice and abundant seafood. I wish the bottom of the rice had been slightly crispier but it was definitely a paella worth waiting for.
Delicious white sangria
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Paella de Mariscos
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Finished strong!
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View from the Metro stop
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At this point, we were absolutely stuffed but wanted to end our last night in Madrid with a bang and headed over to a place called Platea. Platea Madrid is located inside the Platea mall and we arrived at around midnight. Unfortunately for us, the nighttime entertainment (which ranges from a DJ to other acts) was done for the night. But we got to enjoy our well made cocktails in this gorgeous bar that was previously a theatre. (They also had food earlier that was closed by the time we made it.). We definitely vowed to come back to enjoy the entertainment on a future trip as the bar was closing and headed home.
Vibes 10/10
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We ended the night with a trial of our 0.75 euro wine, which was terrible tasting, but was a mandatory tasting.
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Posted by E.M.N 01:48 Archived in Spain Tagged marina temple of madrid de real noodle paella palacio ventura zen debod templo platea

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