This magnificent boulevard , La Gran Via, is probably the busiest street in Madrid. Over 100 years old, and covering nearly a mile, this historic area is a shopper's paradise. Here you'll find everything from high end watches and jewellry at Grassy to sneakers at Addidas; from the popular stores for both women and men-- Bershka, Zara, Primark, Stradivarius -- to the centuries-old book store, Casa del Libro. Its an incredible experience, and you'll need more than one day. The architecture alone will be worth a visit even if you're not interested in shopping. Of course the area is also chock full of tapas bars, pizzerias, as well as upscale hotels and restaurants.
However, lunch today was in a popular restaurant near my apartment on Calle del Prado, Lamucca. The temp hit 90 in Madrid this afternoon; so a mediterrean salad and glass of red wine inside the air conditioned comfort of this lively, popular establishment was just perfect.
Afterward a stroll through my new neighborhood, he charming , barrio de las letras,once home to many of the great Spanish literati, including Cervantes.
Ciao for now!