Blogs from Toledo, Castile-La Mancha, Spain, Europe


Europe » Spain » Castile-La Mancha » Toledo June 19th 2019

Bonjour à tous, Je n'en connais pas la raison mais la nuit dernière plus un bruit, ni dans la rue, ni dans l'immeuble. Un miracle. Que la nuit à été bonne. Ce matin je retrouve ma voiture, je programme les visites, que je n'avaient pas faites hier, car trop excentrées. Les Arènes de las Ventas. Elles sont ornées des "azulejos" carreaux de faience décorés, peints avec les armoiries de toutes les provinces du pays. Construites en 1931, elles peuvent accueillir 23 798 personnes, et considérées parmi les plus grandes du monde. Le nombre de corridas, a considérablement augmentés, passant de 4 par an, au siècle dernier, et 30 aujourd'hui. Dans un autre style j'ai fait le détour pour avoir un aperçu du Stade Santiago Barnabeu. Sa capacité est de 81 044 places, et est la propriété ... read more
Tolède la Cathédrale
Arènes de Madrid

Europe » Spain » Castile-La Mancha » Toledo July 19th 2018

Après le blog qui passait avant tout… C’est-à-dire celui du mariage de Charles et Colienne… Je suis assez fière de vous annoncer qu’il a battu tous les records de visite puisqu’à ce jour il y a eu plus de 450 visites !!!! Par contre il me faut maintenant faire marche-arrière afin de revenir à notre voyage… « Tolède est une merveille de situation, d’aspect et de lumière… Elle a des souvenirs à occuper un historien pendant 10 ans et un chroniqueur toute sa vie », disait Alexandre Dumas, qui y passa en 1846. Capitale de la Castilla y Mancha elle est tout entière classée Patrimoine mondial de l’humanité. Un hommage à son architecture, aux trésors artistiques de ses églises et de ses musées, où s’affirme si souvent la patte maniériste du Greco. Tout cela c’est le ... read more
01 Castilla la Mancha
02 à proximité de Tolède
03 entrée majestueuse pour un camping

Europe » Spain » Castile-La Mancha » Toledo October 5th 2017

The following day, we went to Toledo which was about an hour drive southwest of Madrid. Toledo is this old little town on a hill that is surrounded on three sides by water and the fourth side by walls. Due to its position, it was very easy to defend and was the capital of Spain for a long time. For many years it was home to three different religious groups all living in relative harmony - Christians, Jews and Muslims. Because of this harmonious living arrangement (granted, this didn’t last forever but prior to the late middle ages/early Renaissance), there are influences from all three groups. Apparently, many of the builders at the time were Muslim which meant that many of the buildings – religious buildings included, were in the a more Arabic/Moorish style. These tended ... read more
Monstrance in Toledo Cathedral
Altar in Cathedral
Synagogue Remains

Europe » Spain » Castile-La Mancha » Toledo June 14th 2017

Toledo is about a one hour drive from Madrid and a very worthwhile day trip it was despite the 39-40 degrees and some uphill footslogging. First settled by the Romans in 170 odd BC and then a place that eventually housed Muslims, Jews and Christians harmoniously together in the one relatively small but well fortified town for many centuries. A lot of the buildings are rebuilds from Roman dwellings completed some several hundred years ago and some effort has been expended in retaining the style and character from earlier times. A modern construction has been added housing a six level escalator system to convey the tens of thousands of visitors this city attracts up to the hilltop from the surrounding plain area. We were quite lucky to visit when we did as the next day was ... read more

Europe » Spain » Castile-La Mancha » Toledo June 11th 2017

Up early and off to Madrid to return our home exchange partners' vehicle and pick up a rental car. Even with gps it was a bit trying getting around and out of Madrid. Once out of the city we enjoyed a one hour drive south to Toledo. Our boutique hotel was located in the old city on one of the narrow winding streets, so we parked in a local parkade. The parkade was a ten minute walk uphill on narrow cobblestone streets in 38c heat!! We were very happy to get into our air conditioned one bedroom apartment. After a short rest, we went out and wandered the maze of narrow streets. It is easy (and fun) to get lost here. By arriving later in the day, we seemed to miss most of the big tour ... read more
Post office letter slots
Old church
Side street

Europe » Spain » Castile-La Mancha » Toledo April 19th 2017

We left Barcelona in the morning on a fast train headed to Madrid. The approximately 600 kms journey only took about 2.5 hours. The train was very comfortable although not quite as smooth as the Chinese and Japanese high speed trains we have taken in the past. After leaving the train we found a store to purchase a SIM card for our phone. We then headed back into the station to pick up our hire car. Our hire cars seem to be getting better each time we rent one...this time we ended up with a new Audi A1. We drove out of the station and found our way to the motorway (autovia) to Toledo after only a few wrong turns. The journey to Toledo from Madrid took about an hour. The drive was pleasant as the ... read more

Europe » Spain » Castile-La Mancha » Toledo August 9th 2016

Issy is either turning Spanish or reverting to her teenage years. She has been going to bed at 2am, and waking up at about 10.30am. Actually she doesn't wake up; I wake her up. This morning we decide that we will visit the El Greco Museum. We walk around the outside of the city wall, and pass the Puente de San Martin. This is Toledo's second oldest bridge across the Tagus River, and was built in the late 14th century. It has large towers at both ends, and its 40 metres long central arch was apparently one of the longest on any bridge in the world at the time it was built. We walk up the hill to the El Greco museum and buy tickets to both the museum and the synagogue next door. The museum ... read more
Gardens of El Greco Museum, Toledo
Sinagogo El Transito, Toledo
Sinagogo El Transito, Toledo

Europe » Spain » Castile-La Mancha » Toledo August 8th 2016

Issy sleeps in, so I read an article on Spain and time zones while I wait for her to stir. It seems that Spain is in the wrong time zone. It is west of most of England, but is in the same time zone as European countries that are east of England. It is been in the wrong time zone since early in World War 2 when Hitler came to Spain to try to talk Franco into Spain becoming Germany's ally. The two leaders agreed that an important first step would be for them both to be in the same time zone. I'm not quite sure why they thought that this was an important step, but it seems that this first step then became the only step. The article says that Spaniards sleep nearly an hour ... read more
Courtyard in our hotel, Toledo
Issy loves our hotel, Toledo
Alcove in the courtyard of our hotel, Toledo

Europe » Spain » Castile-La Mancha » Toledo August 7th 2016

We get up at 7am, and we are in the breakfast room as soon as it opens at 8am. We are the only people here. This is probably not too surprising, as 7am on a Sunday morning, which is the same as 5am on a Sunday morning anywhere else in the world, is probably a time that most Spanish people have not experienced very often. It is 9am when we get to the station but all the shops are still closed. We need to change trains in Madrid and queue up there to get our luggage scanned. When we get to the front of the queue we are told that we are in the wrong place. This seems to be happening a lot lately. Apparently trains to Toledo leave from a different part of the station, ... read more
Monasterio de San Juan de Los Reyes, Toledo
Monasterio de San Juan de Los Reyes, Toledo
Relaxing on our rooftop terrace, Toledo

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

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