Don & Helen Spain 2010 travel blog

Toledo Cathedral

Toledo Cathedral

lunch at the Parador overlooking Toledo

Exhibition of Flemish tapestries

detail Flemish tapestries

museum cloister

El Greco - The Burial of Count Orgaz

Don Quixote in Toledo


Started early out of Cordoba....as it wasn't too far from the parking station (really) we decided we would walk. Three suitcases being pulled along the cobble stones at 8.30AM. I say to the others we should be muttering as we go "buenos dias, buenos dias, buenos dias", as I am very confident that the locals heard us come, and heard us go, and made suggestions about our parentage. However, we did make it, and proceeded to Toledo anon.

I forgot already to tell you about the olive groves. Very well tended they were, but from Seville to Granada, Granada to Cordoba and Cordoba to Toledo there were so many olive trees. What happens to all of the olives? We could not see how all the trees could be harvested each year, and we could also not see how Greece, Turkey, Spain and Italy could possibly unload all their surplus. Where does it all go? Does anyone have any idea re this?

Toledo was about a 3 hour journey and I have to tell you we were all very pleased to get into our Toledo Parador. It is atop a hill overlooking old Toledo. The Cathedral and the Military Museum are omnipresent. After settling in and having a bite to eat at the Pardaor, we taxied in to see the Cathedral. 7 euro; no photos....pretty much ignored by all....that is one of my memories....so many places said no photos, or in particular no flash, and then proceeded to totally ignore any such activities. Go figure. Anyway, the Cathedral was overpriced; much better elsewhere.

Dinner in the Parador restaurant last night and tonight. Arte Breve (degusation of local cuisine) last evening and a la carte tonight....both good. Today we tried to see some El Grecos in 2 separate locations, one closed due to an important wedding, the other for restoration....I guess an issue when travelling off peak. We walked around Toledo and loved the town. Tomorrow it is on to Madrid.

in addition from Helen - just wanted to mention the magnificent Flemish tapestries we found at a museum we went to this morning...went to see the El Greco paintings, but they were off on tour, but the special exhibition of tapestries was the finest either Marg or I had seen, and this is Marg's special interest. They had just been restored. Walking around Toledo was fun..it is a delightful place to walk.

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