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Europe » Spain » Castile-La Mancha » Toledo May 27th 2014

Devinez quoi? Je suis encore dans le train vers Barcelone ! Il est maintenant 11h36, on roule à 174 km/h (voyons… on va ben lentement!) et on arrive dans une heure. Ça fait 2 heures que j’écris et je n’ai toujours pas fini !!!! J’en avais des choses à raconter. Dernière journée à raconter, là ! Donc hier, 26 mai… on a fait un deuxième day trip de Madrid, à Tolède cette fois. On a bien cru que ce rendrait pas, en plus. On a fait la gaffe de pas réserver les billets de train d’avance, et une fois à la station de train, les machines ne marchaient pas. Il a donc fallu prendre un numéro et faire la file pour parler à quelqu’un… on a attendu plus d’une heure, manqué le train qu’on voulait et ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Castile-La Mancha » Toledo May 17th 2014

The colour of the day is rust. The earth is as near to rust colour as you could wish to see as we travel closer to our two day stop at Toledo. Toledo is famous for knives and sword production. The Sheffield of Spain or should Sheffield be called the Toledo of Yorkshire. The weather was unbelievably hot as we left Teruel to travel to our campsite El Greco just outside of Toledo. It was hitting just over 30 by mid- day and staying that way without any respite. Even late into the evening it was still hot, hot , hot. We are heading for the hottest part of Spain Cordoba and will be there in a couple of days. We saw eagles soaring high above the fields and the roadsides are still a riot of ... read more
chains on the church walls
Toledo gateway
One of the many towers

Europe » Spain » Castile-La Mancha » Toledo April 30th 2014

Day 22 April 27, 2014 Are we in Toledo…Ohio? We left our cool dormitory at San Rafael. It was 2 degrees centigrade. I mean COLD! We drove over the Sierra Guadarrama Mountains. Whenever were in Europe and going through some mountain range there are always motorcyclists. Today was no exception 100’s of motorcyclists; they were all over Kirsten zooming around her like flies. After crossing the mountains we were ready for a nice lunch on side of road. We drove and drove and drove. No place was scenic enough. Finally Kirsten hunger won and we stopped. It wasn’t the most scenic but we had lunch. Yum! After lunch we continued and came upon the little village of San Martin. It has a very cool cathedral, I mean like built into the mountain type. So we stopped ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Castile-La Mancha » Toledo April 20th 2014

Europe » Spain » Castile-La Mancha » Toledo » El Toboso August 29th 2013

My sister-in-law Kerry asked what makes up our day while raveling through Europe as she hadn't seen many photos of Tom and me. So I have put these few photos together to give you an idea of our day.... read more
Applying sunburn cream in Guimaraes Portugal
Bed time - very comfy - Pam gets in first so that Tom can get up first
Dinner time at the Camper - love these long days.  It is 8.00pm

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Europe » Spain » Castile-La Mancha » Toledo July 31st 2013

Can't write much today - mainly because I forgot my computer plug in Madrid, and my laptop is almost out. Fortunately I connect back in Madrid tomorrow, and the hotel has it. Thank God. Toledo today, just briefly, was brutally hot, although it truly is a beautiful town. A lot like an Italian hill town again. Tons of walking and sweating. Toledo, also, most famously, is the town of El Greco, and his art is everywhere here. There's also an absolutely massive Cathedral. I'll probably write more once I have my cord back, but for now the pictures should suffice. Looks like the battery is holding out, so I'll write a bit more. Caught the train from Madrid Atocha, and actually had to go through security, like an airport. But they did have a terrorist attack ... read more
Santa Cruz Museum
Santa Cruz Courtyard
El Greco

Europe » Spain » Castile-La Mancha » Toledo June 20th 2013

Toledo was amazing...it's history and beauty captures you. Toledo was the main capital of Spain before they decided to move it to Madrid. Many religions and languages lived side by side, especially the Christians, Jews and Muslims, until someone decided to make it one language and one religion.... MadridCarmen's observations - lots of Peruvians- cops are much hotter in Madrid- cops are more friendly - they protest about everything in Madrid- when you hear and see lots of fire engines and police outside your building then there's probably a fire near by and you should pay attention rather than run for the camera to take pictures- everything is close by in Madrid and you don't really need to use the metro- if you go to a bullfight, the bull ends up dead most of the time- ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Castile-La Mancha » Toledo » Corral de Almaguer June 17th 2013

TOLEDO Friday 14th to Sunday 16th June 2013 I made my way by metro from the hotel to the Madrid Atroche train station. That part was easy - firstly I lined up in the line for a ticket for 'short' distances only, then, after moving to the correct section of the station, and getting a numbered ticket to be served in order, I waited 45 minutes. More people watching time. Consequently I just missed a train and had to wait nearly 2 hours for the next - the joys of travelling! The train journey to Toledo only takes about 30 minutes and the train reached a speed of 250km/h. After a short taxi ride I was at the Hotel Eurico, in the centre of Toledo, very close to the cathedral. To think that earlier in the ... read more

Europe » Spain » Castile-La Mancha » Toledo May 29th 2013

One morning while living in Madrid, I went to my Spanish class, found that it was cancelled and as it was 9am decided to head off to Toledo for Corpus Christi. Not having to be back in Madrid until 5pm, I had ample time to celebrate the Eucharist, or so I thought. At about the time I set foot in Atocha, Madrid's main train station, I realised that me and Jo were not the only ones planning to head to Toledo for the day. This was confirmed at the ticket counter and with all the trains booked out for the following four hours we almost flagged the trip, before someone recommended using the bus. That turned out to be a very good idea, with the bus company we used having had the foresight to have buses ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Castile-La Mancha » Toledo » Madridejos May 19th 2013

Toledo is one of the most beautiful cities in my country. The old quarter of the capital of Castilla La Mancha is a real open air museum which has been declared a World Heritage Site.... read more
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