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


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
outside the old town
church spire

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

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

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

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'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

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

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