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Sep 9, 2015 - On to Toledo

Today we took a quick train ride to the ancient town of Toledo. I really didn't do much prep work on this town prior to leaving, Nancy at AAA just said it was a cool place and a short ride away. Many religions/cultures left their mark here in Toledo. Easy to see the Arab, Jewish, Christian, Roman and even Visigothic elements. The most famous structure here is of course the Church which took over 2 1/2 centuries to complete and is built on top of a mosque. It was stunning and huge I want to say bigger than St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican....

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Sep 6, 2015 - Touring Toledo

Sunday, September 6th. It took us a while to start moving today. The weather was beautiful with the sun shining so I decided to attack the laundry. I was quite excited because the machines were Maytag’s with the English instructions on them. Imagine my surprise when I lifted the lid on the dark things and steam arose from inside the machine; I had chosen a permanent press wash cycle; the clothes had been boiled. Off I marched to the office. Receptionist was apologetic but could do nothing but give me two more washing cycles. I solved the...

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Sep 4, 2015 - To Toledo

Friday, September 4th. It was a short drive to Toledo but now we were in Don Quijote country. Undulating plains of rich henna-coloured earth neatly striped and spotted with olive groves and golden wheat. We were surprised to find the El Greco campground virtually empty. It sat high on a hill overlooking a river with a beautiful pool and restaurant frequented by the locals. Alas, we were kept awake until midnight with very loud children playing, while their parents ate and drank I guess.

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Sep 1, 2014 - Tour of Toledo

The city of Toledo (not pronounced like our Toledo, but To'led'o). We visited the beautiful Cathedral of Toledo & the Santa Maria LaBlanca Synagogue. There were 3 huge organs in the Cathedral & the architecture & artistry was amazing. (Double click on the photos to enlarge them to get a better view.)

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May 27, 2014 - Madrid - Monday Day Trip to Toledo

Unfortunately for Toledo it was the last in a long series of quaint walled cities I have seen in the past two months. It was also a very similar day trip to the one I took to Cordoba last week - discussing the three cultures that had lived together - maybe not in harmony but able to get along - until Isabella and Ferdinand kicked out the Muslims and the Jews. Cordoba had a much more interesting mosque/cathedral to see and neither had much of a synagogue to look at - it had been too converted to a church. The one highlight of the day was...

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Nov 19, 2013 - Day 51 Toledo

During breakfast we enjoyed talking with a couple from France who have visited many of the same European cities that we have visited. We left at 10:00 to visit the Museum of Santa Cruz. It's an art museum with mainly themes of Christianity on paintings, pottery, and even rugs, enormous rugs! There were some El Greco paintings that we're quite impressive but they were very dark! We followed that bit of culture with a Hop On-Hop Off Bus Tour. It toured both in old town as well as some of the During breakfast we enjoyed talking with a couple...

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Nov 18, 2013 - Day 50 Toledo

After breakfast our 3 metro rides to the train station went well. At the station our bags were check for the first time. Apparently this is done at all the Spain train stations. Our 185 mph ride to Toledo Spain was amazing. Going that fast through the tunnels can cause some ear pressure change and it doesn't give much time to view the landscape. We passed very few cities and the landscape was mainly scrub brush and a few trees with some farming. It looked a lot like southern New Mexico. We arrived in Toledo at 2:30 pm and were checked into...

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May 21, 2013 - Toledo

Early to rise gets you in front of the line for breakfast. Today we took a quick train ride (35 minutes) to the city of Toledo. We were met at the station by our wonderful guide, Javier. I have lots of recommendations for good private guides. He was definitely one of our favorites. Toledo was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986. Our first stop was at Mirador del Valle viewpoint, from which panoramic views of the city are found. The city was known for the peaceful coexistence of Muslims, Jews and Christians during the time period...

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May 13, 2013 - Toledo to Granada

Madrid to Granada...5actual hours of bus time with stops along the way. This will be random observations: Driving through the La Mancha...meaning...parched plain of Don Quixote fame. But this time of year it was tons of shades of green. 40% of energy is green...wind and solar The area's agriculture is wheat, grapes and olives...I believe they told us the country has 60,000,000 olive trees! Problem is they sell the olives to Italy and then have to buy back the oil. Interesting to see grape vines that were not trellised. It's a variety that...

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May 11, 2013 - Toledo

Same breakfast, same hotel, on the bus at 9:00 headed to the old capital city of Spain...Toledo. The city is well preserved and full of cultural wonders. The entire city has been declared a national monument. To keep the historical appearance in tact the Spanish government has forbidden any modern exteriors. Most famous resident artist...El Greco. Best cathedral in Spain. Info from bus ride... Toledo was a Roman base...high on a hilltop with a natural moat...Tajo River on two sides Then the Visigoth 's who left nothing Then the Moors from...

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Oct 2, 2012 - A great day in Toledo

Hi Everybody Yesterday morning I took a bus 70 kilometer south of Madrid, to the city of Toledo.Evening i returned about 9 pm and after walking all day was to tiered to say goodnight to anybody. Toledo is an old city that was a candidate to become capital instead of Madrid. On a hill surrounded with a river, and heavily protected with walls, and bridges to enter. Inside in different areas lived by Christians, Jews, Muslims, Greeks. All with their styles of Architecture, but mixed together. Beautiful City with old narrow streets, small...

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Jun 15, 2012 - Toledo - El Sicko

Today I felt like crap from my cold, could've got it a million ways. I caught a car ride to Toledo after being a zombie all morning. Still can't believe how cool a city it is, merging Christian, Muslim and Jewish influences. I got to the cathedral which was the first major one I've seen, had a cool museum. Otherwise I embraced being lost in the old Spanish capital and crashed at the hostel. I checked out what I thought was a massive rave a block away from the music, turns out it was an elementary school graduation! Pretty obvious the...

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