It feels like so long since I've posted anything on here! I haven't really had much of note to blog about to be honest. Anyway, I was back doing what I do best this weekend and travelling the world, this weekend I headed to Madrid for a touch of Mediterranean culture and theme park fixes.

On Friday we did the tourist thing and got on a hop-on hop-off bus for a tour of the city. It's really gorgeous, with some beautiful architecture and gardens alongside a modern aesthetic headed by the Bernabeau Real Madrid stadium. I think our hostel was in the Camden on Madrid as it was surrounded with quirky little shops and bars. We rounded off our day in Madrid with a culturally relevant meal of cocktails and burgers at the Hard Rock Cafe Madrid. 

On Saturday we met up with the rest of the group and headed to the first of two parks on the agenda, Parque Warner Madrid. We didn't manage to get through the gates until just after one because of a stupid hour long queue for hire cars. The park was a weird one, it had some great rides like the B&M Floorless coaster Superman, which I adored and the stupidly wet ACME rapids in the kiddies area but the rest of the place felt very bland and outdated. That's the thing with movie themed parks, films are extremely 'of the moment' and unless you choose carefully you may end up with franchises that become out of date very quickly. I feel this is the case with Parque Warner. The 'Gotham' area felt more Jack Nicholson than Heath Ledger and seriously, are the Looney Tunes even on TV anymore? Unfortunate, because the theming was quite nicely done!

Sunday we returned to Madrid for their city park Parque de Atracciones. I'm a big fan of city parks, I adore the way they are forced to be creative with construction of their attractions and the overall 'everything on top of each other' effect achieved by this. The headline attraction is the Maurer Sohne SkyLoop Abismo, which decided to hold us upside down for 12 seconds! Unfortunate, because it was actually a really good ride. Everything else at the park was fairly bland when it comes to ride experiences but it was too gorgeous looking to not enjoy simply being there.


I wouldn't rush back to the parks but Madrid is a gorgeous city with some amazing shopping, vivid nightlife and gorgeous architecture and I would love a return visit.