Following our excursion to Toledo, we headed back to the capital to see what we could in the time we had left. While one group headed to the famous Bernabéu soccer stadium, another headed back to the centro and the Parque del Buen Retiro (like the Spanish-version of Central Park). Of course, a few of the girls needed to find "proper" hydration before going anywhere. :)
The group I headed with Sara went first to the Kilometro 0, the starting point for the Spanish radial road network and literally, the center of the country.
Our next stop was the Parque de Buen Retiro. The park was first commissioned by the royal family of Spain as part of a retreat center in the early 16th century, following the moving of the capital city to Madrid. Covering over 350 acres, there is much to see and do here and the park definitely fills the past and current need of residents having a place to "relax" in the middle of the city. Here is just glimpse of what we saw.