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Europe » Spain » Castile-La Mancha » Toledo April 20th 2016

We took the train to Toledo today and had the best tour of the town from a 29 year old Spanish guy who was so enthusiastic about being from Toledo and working there as a Guide. He’s getting married in the Cathedral 6/25/16 and showed us that chapel he was baptized and where he will be married. We probably spend 90 minutes in the Cathedral, the second largest in Spain after Seville, and even got to hear the organ play a couple hymns. But the most impressive room was the sacristy, where the priests and alter boys change into their clothes for Mass. It had a ceiling with frescos like the Sistine Chapel. Remarkable. And also many El Greco’s depicting Christ and the Apostles.I’m enjoying being back in Spain and think Madrid is pretty cool, but ... read more

Europe » Spain » Castile-La Mancha » Toledo April 12th 2016

Malaga – City of Pablo Picasso, awesome Tapas bars & great wines We fly back from Ibiza to Malaga (in Andalucia) and pick up our car from a garage nearby (arranged via Ryan Air & definitely the cheapest option) and spend an hour trying to find some parking near to the hotel Pension Juanita, which is slap bang in the centre. No such luck so we go to our regular spot near the bus station – which is free after 6pm and only 15 mins walk away. The hotel is in a great location by the main street (Central Calle Marques de Larios) into the city centre, though the room has only a small fan and in the heat of summer we are not sure how folk would cope, as we were hot. It’s off to ... read more
Don Quixote was here - Consuegra
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Toledo from the high road above the city

Europe » Spain » Castile-La Mancha » Toledo January 4th 2016

We leave the hotel and head to the Metro to get us to the train station. We thought about stopping for a pastry along the way but it was a good thing we didn’t. By the time we hit the train station it was time to board and we rushed. We made it to the train but someone was sitting in some of our seats. We found other seats but then 2 of them were someone else’s. Eventually we got seats but the train was FULL. 30+ minutes later we arrive in Toledo (Pronounced Toe la do). We walk up to the old bridge and cross and work our way up the hill. The first part was on foot, then we could take the escalators from the car park (which was built into the mountain) up ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Castile-La Mancha » Toledo December 9th 2015

We had a 2:50pm train to Toledo, which was thankfully only a 30 minute trip. Our landlady, Mercedes, had informed us that we could leave the apartment whenever we liked, so that made it easier to do some sight-seeing without luggage. We set out in the morning to the park behind our apartment with the Egyptian temple to get some photos of Madrid and just enjoy the views from up there. It was cold, but not ridiculous. I had got by without gloves and beanie so far, and that morning was the coldest we had experienced yet. It looked like the Spanish winter was going to be a lot more forgiving than Germany. We had a short walk through another park where Kohen and I could film some scenes for our upcoming movie. (We are currently ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Castile-La Mancha » Toledo October 24th 2015

The morning started off with us exploring the nearby Mosque of Cristo de la Luz. The mosque built during the 10thcentury, was turned into a Christian church after the taking of Toledo by Alphonse VI in 1085. The small mosque consists of pillars and horseshoe arches emblematic of Islamic architecture. Outside the mosque is a small peaceful garden with a fountain to sit down and relax. After visiting the mosque, we had a quick breakfast of croissants and churrios con chocolate before heading over to the Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes. The Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes was founded by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella to commemorate their triumph over Portugal at Toro in 1476. The cloister has a small, tranquil garden. It was used from the beginning by Franciscan friars and ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Castile-La Mancha » Toledo October 23rd 2015

With its cobblestone streets and medieval walls it is no wonder that the entire city of Toledo is declared a UNESCO world heritage site. For centuries, Christians, Muslims and Jews flourished in this city of three cultures and built an incredible display of churches, monasteries, mosques and fortresses. In addition, Toledo is known for its traditional crafts, including damascene metalwork antique swords and handmade marzipan (sweet almond pastries). With so much to see in Toledo, it feels ironic that our first stop was the bus station. We were thinking about taking day trip to Consuegra, Spain, to see the windmills and the Saffron festival. However, realizing that we would not have much time in Consuegra, we decided to skip the trip. Instead, we headed to Zocodover, the main square. With nothing planned, we decided to take ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Castile-La Mancha » Toledo September 26th 2014

The flight was as usual - irritating things that make you wonder why you travel: the person in front fully reclines her seat the entertainment system isn't working so watching a movie meant if you were able to get one going part way through it flipped to a Korean action movie I had actually forgotten to download my series and movies to the micro chip for my tablet so I could rely on that if there were any problems Second flight must have been testing their refrigeration system out - luckily that was only a 3 hour flight Of course the last half hour I finally fell asleep. Went through the Madrid airport in a dazed fog. We arrived in Terminal 3 and walked to terminal 1 for the rental pick-up - I think I did ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Castile-La Mancha » Toledo September 1st 2014

Known as 'The City of Three Cultures' for its rich Muslim, Jewish and Christian histories, Toledo is only half an hour's train ride from Madrid so ideal for a day trip. It has a beautiful walled old town and lovely streets apes and arches, with architectural styles that combine the influences of the Muslim and Christian rulers (Jews don't really get much of a look-in on architecture). Even the train station is a remarkable ornate building. Of course we wanted most to see the Juderia, the old Jewish quarter and were very disappointed to learn that El Transito, the well-known grand restored synagogue is closed on Mondays. We did however see the strangely named Sinagoga de Santa Maria La Blanca which is smaller, simpler and older but also has beautiful Mudejár architecture. It was rather moving. ... read more
Monasterio de San Juan de Los Reys
Custodia de Arfe

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




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