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Oct 17, 2010 - 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...

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Aug 8, 2010 - Day 3 in Toledo

Hey everyone!! I uploaded all of our pics from that day out of convenience on my part, which means there are probably duplicates or it may just get boring so skip through is slowly or quickly as you choose! Toledo is the former capital of Spain before they changed it to Madrid. Pronounced Toe-Lay-Doe (unlike our Ohio version). We trained there and walked a mile or so into the city. Amazing architecture and you can see how it was once a fortress placed next to a river with a massive entry gate. Really beautiful and impressive. Their...

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Jul 13, 2010 - Touring Toledo and Welcoming the Champions

July 12 Today we took a sidetrip by train to historic Toledo, which has a rich history as a stop on the Roman transportation route, a Visigoth capital, Regional capital for the Moors and finally as capital of Spain until it was relocated to Madrid in the mid 16th century. It remains Spain's religious capital. The city itself is perched on a hill surrounded by ancient walls and ringed by a river. The city is the subject of many works of art by El Greco, a Greek painter who took Toledo as his home. Upon our arrival, we hiked part way uphill...

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Off to Spain!

Jun 21, 2010 - It's hot. Walk slow.

What can I say? It was too hot to do much of anything, including trip journal entries, until we arrived here in lovely, breezy Santiago de Compostela. But back on June 21 we went to Toledo, and here we are back in Madrid on June 22, having a great meal.

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España 2010

Jun 10, 2010 - Tapas in Toledo

Spain is famous for its tapas bars. Tapas are small portions, like appetizers, of seafood, meat and salads. Some bars have these toothpick sized goodies available to eat for free with your drinks, as was the case in a bar we had drinks in in Gijon. Other bars sell them separately. Our first attempt at ordering tapas in Madrid was a bit of a disaster – the waiter only offered larger portions called ‘raciones’, so the four of us shared one plate of mussels. Later in the evening we found a better deal at another bar and shared a couple of...

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May 25, 2010 - Madrid & Toledo

After a nice buffet breakfast at the hotel, we boarded our bus for a guided tour of the city. A local guide performs this job which we were told is required in Spain. Madrid, Spain’s capital, is a fabulous city. We were immediately impressed with the cleanliness of the streets and maintenance crews were very visible planting and maintaining green areas and colorful flower boxes and gardens. As part of its unsuccessful bid to host the 2012 Olympics, Madrid had begun a series of improvements which continue today and reflect very favorably on...

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Erin & Espania

Apr 26, 2010 - Toledo

@@@@@@@ I won’t even begin to try and describe the difficulty we had getting out of Madrid (no we didn’t break down and buy a GPS) but at last we were on the right highway, headed south towards Toledo. When we went there the first time we had taken a local bus in order to see the surrounding countryside and the small towns, and had ridden back on the high-speed train in less than a half hour. It didn’t take much longer to drive to this fortress city on a high rocky promontory, but it was nice that we didn’t first have to take the metro all...

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Sep 15, 2009 - Holy Toledo!

@@@@@@@ There were two surprises in store for me when we set off for Toledo. Firstly, I don’t think I’ve ever really wondered how the expression ‘Holy Toledo’ became part of my vocabulary, but now that I have travelled to this amazing city in Spain, I understand that there is a logical reason behind the ‘Holy’ adjective. Secondly, I learned that I had to change my pronunciation from ‘Toe-lee-doh’ to ‘Toe-lay-doh’. I don’t know if I can change back now, and I’ll probably annoy people back in North America every time I mention my favorite...

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Aug 12, 2009 - Nicholas Deer

We were going to visit Toledo on the Tuesday. On Monday we were enticed into a bit of a late night, sitting at a small table in a small street as the locals came, went and sometimes stayed. We got to bed well after midnight, so, having vowed to catch the fast train to Toledo at around 7 am (in order to make the most of the visit to this UNESCO listed World Heritage town), we put the visit off till Wednesday, sleep being a vital recovery component. After being sent from one counter to another to yet another at the vast railway station with...

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May 12, 2009 - BLOG - Livin la vida espanola!

3 weeks into the trip and we are loving the Spanish life! Before we came here, neither of us thought we would end up loving Spain - we wanted to see places like Madrid, Granada, Barcelona of course, but we weren’t the sort of people who dreamed of buying a house in Spain and retiring there. Now we understand a lot more why so many English people come and live here! It’s such a laid back way of life, there’s none of the rushed, harrassed, frenetic atmosphere that you often feel in the UK. And of course the weather is *much* better! The food...

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Feb 27, 2009 - Toledo

During our stay in Madrid, we decided it might be necessary to split along male/female sexes for one day to ensure the long term amicability of the family. The girls immediately settled on shopping, having noticed more than a few shoe stores in our previous days' travels. Cole and I being men, only require one pair of shoes, and hence saw no practical need to do likewise. Instead, we decided to seek out a more informative, historically based activity. We had read that the legendary city of Toledo was nearby to Madrid and within a...

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Sep 20, 2008 - Madrid and trip to Toledo

Saturday - A guided tour around Madrid seeing the statue of writer of Don Quotoe. Jackie sniffed out a bargain and got a lovely scarf for €7. Saw palace of Madrid, and location of old city. About an hour drive to Toledo, the original capital of Spain. The king relocated to Madrid, mainly to be remote from the religious leadership. Toledo is a hill-top city, with a river/creek on three sides. A historic city that has been ruled by Christians, Jews and Arabs over the last 1300 years, with each living peacefully... at times. Passed the Bull...

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