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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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Alex en Europa 2012

Feb 26, 2012 - Toledo

Final side trip to Toledo after a long weekend away from Granada. This trip was kind of unorganized in the sense that we were basically dropped off with maps of the city and were told to meet back up for lunch before the bus ride home 4 hours later. Being somewhat confused about where to go or what to do a small group of 3 girls and I decided to just wander through the streets of Toledo. We went into a few little souvenir shops here and there and made our way in a big circle around the city. I really liked the atmosphere of Toledo, it had a...

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Oct 21, 2011 - Toledo, Spain

October 21 Today, I decided to take a day trip to the medieval city of Toledo to experience a more traditional piece of Spain. It's about 70 km south of Madrid. I took the metro to the bus station and hopped on a bus for a 50-minute ride to Toledo and was there by noon. It really is quite different from Madrid built up on a hill surrounded by a river. I walked up to the highest point and wandered around exploring the area. They have a little 45-minute train ride that takes you around the whole city. I decided to take that, but...

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Oct 16, 2011 - Two days in Toledo and a goof getting to Talavera

No wifi for two days. Lost in Toledo. How awesome is that? I liked Toledo the last time but this was even better. Had some great meals. Yes, I have pictures but too much hassle now. Went to the Parador outside the city for sunset the first night. Beautiful night but the sun sets behind the Parador so the lighting isn't spectacular. Most of the time I spent walking or eating really slow lunches and dinners. Still not used to the timing. Lunch doesn't start til 1:30 and dinner 8 or later. Last evening I sat in the park people watching...

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Spain 2011

Sep 29, 2011 - Toledo

Off we went to Toledo today. It is a very interesting place but James Michner's description of Toledo as a city of antiques and tourists is very true. We passed both a convent and a monastery on the way to the synagogue. Legend has it that the reason for the much greater number of convents is because the birthrate of women was four times greater than men. The Santa Maria la Blaca Synagogue is an unbelievable place. It was built as a synagogue but when Ferdinand and Isabella declared Spain as a Catholic country it became a Christian church....

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Jun 26, 2011 - Whirlwind tour

Hello Well, again I cannot add pictures from this computer. Hopefully, I will be able to soon. First part. We return home on the 28th of June. We are on American Airlines Flight AA37. We leave at 1315 Madrid time and will land at 1715 Dallas time. Please leave time for us to get through customs. :-) Also if you want AA miles - call them before we land. Most of you will need to bring a bag to take home some gifts that the students purchased. I will be transportintg them back and handing them to you to do with as you see fit. They are not...

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Jun 24, 2011 - Thursday, 6/24

Day tripping to Toledo! Some say that's where the saying "Holy Toledo" comes from. We took the 9:30 a.m. AVE to the tiny medieval town to celebrate Corpus Christi (a holy celebration perhaps second to Easter that is a yearly event since the year 1200). The priest also blesses the city for a prosperous year. I never heard of it before and did not know what to expect. This is hard to explain as you really can't imagine the sight. It starts with 10:00 mass- but if you don't go to the mass you line up along the parade route along the (skinny)...

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Apr 18, 2011 - Toledo Bound

Up and at ‘em early… but after the morning rush. We take the metro across the city to the bus station which will get us to Toledo in about 45-60 minutes and with a round trip price of less than $15, deal of the day!! While in the bus station, I notice that a spokesperson for “Dunkin Coffee” & Bake Place (aka Dunkin Donuts) is the lady from the chariot we saw in Ciebeles Plaza yesterday… if you look closely, you can see why, despite her being a statue, is a likely and appropriate spokesperson: in her hands, she holds donuts and coffee and...

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Viva Espana!

Jan 9, 2011 - Toledo

Friday and Saturday we spent our time in Madrid, the capital of spain, very city like. Mostly we spent time getting to know the people in our group, which is a lot more than I expected, like at least 50, and touring the city. Yesterday we went to El Prado and La Reina de sofia, both of which are museums. It was interesting seeing all the art I've been taught about for years in my spanish class. We saw works by Valasquez, Picasso, Dali, Grecco, and so many more. In the extra time we are usually eating or taking siestas (my new favorite...

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