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Europe » Spain » Castile-La Mancha » Toledo October 28th 2020

TOLEDO, 10/22/19 After our last amazing breakfast in Madrid we were on the bus by 8:30am and headed to the city of Toledo in Castilla-La Mancha, an hour south of Madrid, passing large old homes and almond and olive groves. As we approached the first vista of Toledo, our bus had to jockey into position among the numerous other tourist buses so we might get out and get our first glimpse of ancient Toledo across from the Tajo River. This “first glimpse of Toledo” is the same view of Toledo painted by El Greco, which is why every tour bus was in line to stop here. Its natural moat explains why Toledo, which means top of the hill, was the first capital city of Spain before the capital was moved to Madrid in 1652. Under cloudy ... read more
Puente de San Martin or St Martin's Bridge
Plaza de Zocodover or Plaza Mayor
Mezquita-Iglesia de El Salvador

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 December 13th 2017

13 décembre 2017 : Il est l'heure de rentrer à,la maison. Sur le chemin du retour nous faisons étape à Tolède.... read more

Europe » Spain » Castile-La Mancha » Toledo » Oropesa December 12th 2017

12 décembre 2017 : Nous partons vers notre troisième parador à Oropesa de Toledo. Mais entre Jarandilla de la Vera et Oropesa de Toledo, nous faisons une halte au monastère de Cuacos de Yuste où est mort Charles Quint le 21 septembre 1558.... read more

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's been going to bed at 2am every night, and then waking up at about 10.30am. Actually she doesn't wake up; I wake her up. First stop this morning is the El Greco Museum. On the way we pass the 14th century Puente de San Martin, which we read is Toledo's second oldest bridge across the Tagus River. It has large towers at both ends, and its 40 metre long central arch was apparently one of the longest on any bridge in the world at the time it was built. We buy tickets to both the museum and the synagogue next door. The museum was founded by the Marquis of Vega-Inclan, who was a patron of the arts, and it opened in 1911. The Marquis ... read more
Gardens of El Greco Museum, Toledo
Sinagogo El Transito, Toledo
Sinagogo El Transito, Toledo

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