Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Toledo, Castilla La Manacha, Spain
Nov 2, 2007 - Wholly Toledo!
We arrived in Toledo about 11 this morning. Our group took a 3 hr walking tour inside the old part of Toledo (surrounded by a wall) the streets are mostly for people, not many cars. Later after checking into our hotel i ventured out and found the museum here, there are many things to see here! Old pottery, tiles, pictures dating back to 1600. It was a fasinating. I found a great place to have dinner tonight, many of the tour group are heading out of town but this little local place claims to make the best Paella...so will see about that. In...Jump to full entry
Aug 25, 2007 - Zaragoza to Toledo
Saturday 25th August: Off to Madrid today. We arrived at the campsite mid afternoon after a long drive. It was surprisingly easy to find. We had a few drinks and some prawns for lunch before heading into the city. Our first sight was the royal palace. We took a bit of a walking tour around central Madrid. We had a look at an Egyptian monument and through the royal gardens. We also visited the cathedral De Nuestra senora de la almudena and the Basilica de San Isidro. Walking around Madrid you got a really good feeling. Both Lex and I thought...Jump to full entry
Jun 16, 2007 - Holy Toledo!
Always wondered where the saying ¨Holy Toledo¨ came from and now we suspect it is because Toledo has one of the largest Cathedrals in the world as well as a huge number of other churches. While researching our trip it sounded like Toledo was a must see destination in central Madrid so we included it on our itinerary. By the time we were on our way there, we were a bit jaded about seeing medieval cities, cathedrals, museums etc but Toledo proved to be well worth the trip. It is a really cool walled town and what makes it unique compared to...Jump to full entry
Aug 29, 2006 - Shopping, eating, drinking, sleeping...
Ha - what an eventful few days. Bear with me details at the end. I have LOVED shopping in Spain. Early on I wrote about local cheeses and wines I had bought, plus the cider that made for poor drinking, but made a lovely dinner, with pork escalopes, roast potatoes and carrots juliene! Whilst in Santiago de Compostela, I visited a proper locals'market and bought honey, eggs and a bunch of flowers for myself. They are still alive, living in a juice bottle that I prop up every time I move. I also bought a bottle of the raved about local wine in...Jump to full entry
Aug 14, 2006 - Toledo, swordfights and pizzas
A day trip to this historic town which I took with a big group of cool peeps from the hostel (see Madrid party photos). After waiting over two hours to get a ticket at the station where once again the Spanish public transport system proved itself to be about as efficient as a donkey towing a helicopter, we eventually got there in the midday heat which got up to 39 degrees. The town is fascinating to walk around and is totally steeped in medieval history which maybe is reflected most in the fact you can by a sword in every newsagents. And...Jump to full entry
Jul 19, 2006 - Holy Toledo!
Yesterday started off great! My Mom and I after a great breakfast at the hotel caught a train down to Toledo. Yes, the home of the phrase Holy Toledo. I guess it is kind of a holy city as it is covered in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim symbols. We stated out with a trip to the Sinogoga de Santa Maria Blanca, yup it is a synagogue converted to a church... not that interesting, I think its only called a singoga because it will attract the Jewish Tourists. Its a funny city, every store has tons of Jewish items, but yet there are only 2 Jewisha...Jump to full entry
Jun 2, 2006 - toledo
toledo was a great medieval town except that they charge an arm and a leg to get into the cathedral. they have awesome awnings though that stretch across the streets to keep the sun off of you. stayed in a little pension, ate gazpacho (sp?) and kebabs, and shopped around a bit. mostly just tried to keep out of the sun ...Jump to full entry
May 18, 2006 - Toledo
The plan was originally to head on to Seville, but it is just too hot, and Seville is apparently hotter. So we change course and start to head back to France. I start to remember what Adelaide summers are like, and how it feels to approach hysteria because you can't sleep because it is too hot. Toledo; where it is still hot (after a very hot drive through the middle of the day through the middle of the country) but where, after a little trying whilst tempers were fraying, to find a hotel with air conditioning (and a bath!!). Toledo is...Jump to full entry
Mar 29, 2006 - Toledo - The ancient capital of Spain
My friend from Germany, Nils and I (we missed you Mike) went to Toledo on a beautiful spring day and proceeded to overrun the city. It all started becuase of an incident at lunch when I was charged 1.50 Euro for extra mayo and ketchup. Nils was livid and you know how out of control Germans can be !!!!! ----- Now back to Madrid -----Jump to full entry
Feb 19, 2006 - Toledo and my friend Don
Don Quixote is quickly becoming my patron saint. Chasing the dragons that ceased to exist long before he was born, I¨m trying to follow in his footsteps. It seems that the further south I go in Spain the more I love it. Toledo is known as the city of three cultures and the ephemeral presence of culture upon culture makes it feel like the human contact of so many hands upon the stones have seeped in. This is the Spain I came to see, gorgous rugged landscapes, fields the colour of terra cotta, groves of orange trees... And I slept in an 11th...Jump to full entry
Feb 13, 2006 - Toledo
Well I thought I would escape for a day and see to the town of Toledo an hour south of Madrid. The highlight of Toledo is its Cathedral which is the forth largest in the world. There is a magnificent gold (18kg) and silver statue (183kg) that is very ,intricate and delicate that get paraded around the city for the Corpsi Christi festival (will add photos when I can). Also, the cathedral has some very nice renaissance art by Goya and El Geco. Other pretty things about the town are it quaint little street and its imposing medieval entrance...Jump to full entry
Jan 5, 2006 - Toledo, Spain
January 5 - We went to bed somewhat early last night but still had a heck of a time getting up this morning because of all the tossing and turning and because today is our last day of our incredible 3 month vacation. We took the fast train to the south to a town called Toledo, AKA Home of Don Quixote. Our expectations were somewhat low for the town since everything we read told us that the city was too touristy and overcrowded but still a must see. Well, we were very pleasantly impressed! Toledo is a jumble of narrow roads and winding...Jump to full entry