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Apr 26, 2010 - Toledo

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD 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...

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Sep 15, 2009 - Holy Toledo!

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD 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...

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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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May 1, 2009 - Cuenca

May 1st is Spain’s Labor Day! So Jason and I had a nice three-day weekend and decided to jump in the car and visit the small town of Cuenca that is about a two and a half hour drive east of Madrid. Cuenca is known for their “Casas Colgadas” (hanging houses). The older part of town is located high on a cliff overlooking the modern part of Cuenca, with houses built in the 13th and 14th centuries on the very edge of the gorge. It is quite a site to see! One of the “Casas Colgadas” has been transformed into a restaurant that Jason and I went to...

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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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Oct 26, 2008 - Mare and Tone and Two Days in La Mancha

There’s something Australian about the Spanish. Its not just the friendly relaxed people and their attitude to life that is appealing. In provincial Cuenca it’s their La Mancha landscape which in the south resembles nothing so much as the western plains of NSW with planted dry crops and merino sheep, or maybe it’s a spaghetti western we’ve been experiencing. Also, and un-Australian but Hollywood-ish, there are the ubiquitous bars-cum-restaurants that greet road visitors on the periphery of each small town. Once or twice a day we pull up...

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Oct 25, 2008 - Cuenca (25 October) - Spain

Cuenca is known for its 15thcentury casas colgadas (hanging houses), which are precariously positioned on a clifftop with their balconies projecting out over the gorge. We walked upto the old town over the Puente San Pablo (1902), an iron footbridge that crosses the ravine. Stopped outside the cathedral (famous for its abstract style stained glass windows) but we only had the half day in Cuenca and opted to spend our time in a traditional tapas bar just off the square rather than go to church. Free tapas with drink, huge bocadillos...

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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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Jan 21, 2008 - Photos of Cuenca

Cuenca is a world heritage site and an amazing medieval town. It is built on a steep hill with a gorge on either side and is very spectacular. It has been very hard to choose the photos to share, but hey, for those who are keen there will be a marathon slide night possible!

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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...

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Oct 4, 2007 - The Rains In Spain. . .

We are in Salamanca. Think I have lost a few days because it has been raining on and off.Fortunately, mainly we were traveling so no big deal but I just found an Internet Cafe onthe Plaza Mayor just after lunch.Either it was the wine andliquor(herbal,ofcourse)thatI just had or this computer doesnot have a space key but I am having a hell of a time typing this.But we do not let these things deter us. The hotel room in Madrid was the size of a closet because we paid a singlesupplement.Therewere a few annoyed people including me. ;-( After...

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