Last Stop in Madrid Area: Toledo, Spain!

My last stop in the Madrid area was to the south of Aranjuez in Toledo. It is called “the ‘City of the Three Cultures’ having been influenced by a historical co-existence of Christians, Muslims and Jews” (according to my amazing research ability, aka wikipedia). The city is super old (no, I don’t know HOW old) and its coblestone streets and beautiful architecture really stand out.

We arrived around 3:00pm which worked out just fine as far as having enough time to see all the sites we needed to see. I was a bit concerned that it wouldn’t be long enough, but the city is walkable in a couple of hours.

Just a sneak peak of photos from deeper in this post…

The big spectacle (as I like to call it) in the Church. This is a beautiful place with tons of great views.

the San Juan de los Reyes church in Toledo Spain

Toledo is surrounded by a deep moat/trench and also a fairly high “castle wall”. This was obviously for protection back in the day but now just looks cool. You have to take a set of escalators to get into the main part of the city which makes you feel like you are getting on an amusement park ride. There must have been 8 or 9 standard size escalators to get to the top.

The first thing we did when we got to the top was find a place to eat. The food was good (see below), I got a salad which had tuna fish on it (UGH! it did not say that on the menu) and also a fish dish with cod in a spicy broth with roasted peppers and potatoes on top. It was surprisingly good.

toledo spain. a cod dish from a local restaurant with roasted peppers and potatoes

We trekked around the city for several hours, stopping at some churches and cathedrals and just exploring the streets. One difficult thing about traveling with non photographers is that I always feel rushed. I don’t want to hold them up so I sometimes sacrifice spending a bit more time getting the perfect shot and instead just move on. O well, spending time with my friends here is more important that snapping a couple of pics.

Toledo was a really cool spot and I am glad that we decided to go there instead of staying in the city of Madrid. I also got to see all my hosts for one last meal all together.

Some photos:

An interior wall in the church

the wall inside the church of the san juan de los remos

The central courtyard of the church of San Juan de los Remos

the san jose de los reyes church courtyard

The interior hallway in the church of San Juan de los Remos

san juan de los remos hallway in toledo spain

 

A scenic vista for sunset in Toldeo, Spain

toledo scenic vista at sunset, spain

The central courtyard in toledo

toledo-plaza-courtyard

The view of the landscape just outside of toledo, spain.

the toledo countryside at sunset in spain

Leaving my new friends:

As I boarded the train back to Madrid from Aranjuez I felt sad to be leaving my friends here. It was such an awesome week with them that I almost don’t want to leave. I can’t imagine that my trip will get any better than this week. This was such a great way to start my journey. I couldn’t have asked for more! I will miss my friends a great deal and hope to see them again soon.

 

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