Andy and I headed to Madrid for a week, now this is unusual in itself as we are proper country bumpkins!

At our happiest walking in the great outdoors, frequenting country pubs and sampling their ale, Andy tinkering with his World War II motorbike and me pottering in our gorgeous cottage garden, a 3 night break is generally all we need to give us our fix of city life!

For a while I had stopped photographing for myself, for us. Other than snaps on my phone I realised I'd not documented our trips away and days out for a while and I have to confess, this upset me. I spend my life telling other people how important photographs are yet, I personally had ignored my own advice!

This trip in the sunshine was my turning point and I absolutely loved setting our memories in stone! I was back! I didn't take my camera out every day as I wanted to soak up the atmosphere, but when I did I loved it.

We had the best time! Staying right beside the Gran Via at Praktik Metropol we were right in the heart of the city. With a funky seating and coffee drinking area, beautifully light and airy bedrooms and a roof terrace this place had everything we needed!

Our second evening was spent at the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, watching the Red Bull X-Fighters freestyle motocross. The noise of the bikes, the crowd, the whole show was amazing!

We visited the Botanical Gardens, wandered the fantastic Mercado de Motores flea market which is held inside a train museum! Took a trip on a cable car, spent lots of time in the uber cool Mercado de San Ildefonso food market and got caught up in the hustle and bustle of El Rastro, Madrid's largest open air market.

Mid-week we needed a breather from the chaos of the city, so we made the half an hour train journey to Alcala de Henares. With storks flying overhead, little bars and caf├ęs and an altogether slower pace it was the perfect bolthole.

I hope you enjoy this small selection of my images, all taken with my 'holiday camera' the Fuji XT-2.

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