I think Sunday is my favourite day of the week. It is a chill-out day.

Cows having a siesta in the summer heat

Cows having a siesta in the summer heat

I took advantage of last Sunday and went out into the countryside around Madrid, made a quick visit to El Escorial and then meandered back into the city for a late lunch near the river Manzanares.

The countryside around Madrid is quite amazing.

The difference between city and country in Spain is more pronounced than the other countries I have lived in. It is hilly and mountainous and lush green in the winter and sienna brown in the summer.

The farm animals laze around, chewing grass (or what’s left of it) and lying around in the shade. After a quick stop I went to El Escorial. An impressive place. It is a monastery but it is immense, imposing and very beautiful.

El Escorial Madrid

El Escorial Madrid

After a walk around and a well-deserved an ice-cream (32C in the shade) it was time to head back to Madrid for lunch. After all, it was 2:30 pm. Even by Spanish standards, I was going for a late lunch.

It only takes about thirty minutes to drive back to Madrid. The area at the end of the freeway into Madrid is called Moncloa.

One of my favourite eating places in the area is called Casa Mingo (founded in 1888) and it is on Paseo de la Florida.

Casa Mingo Madrid

Casa Mingo Madrid

It only really sells one thing; charcoal spit roast chicken, fresh salad and Asturian cider. You can sit in, out or upstairs on a shaded terrace. Great food and good prices.

Lunch was over so it was time to go home for siesta. I had parked in a park next to Casa Mingo.

The park has an interesting name “Parque de la bombilla” (light-bulb park). Every summer there is an open-air cinema starting around midnight, “Cine de verano“. I have been a few times.

They show recent movies and it is a welcome retreat for sitting outside in the cooler air.

I found some quite interesting graffiti in the park and took a few photos.

I do like Madrid. I have been here for eighteen years. It is varied and is full of contrasts. It is also a good place to live and work.

Grafitti in Madrid’s Parque de la Bombilla

Grafitti in Madrid's Parque la Bombilla
Grafitti in Madrid's Parque la Bombilla
Grafitti in Madrid's Parque la Bombilla
Grafitti in Madrid's Parque la Bombilla
Grafitti in Madrid's Parque la Bombilla

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